While a team-up between Level-5 (Inazuma Eleven, Professor Layton) and the beloved Studio Ghibli seems like it should be a can't-miss proposition, Japanese sales of the pairing's Ni no Kuni have been what the business world might describe as "soft." Consequently, Level-5 is looking at how the game does internationally before committing to a sequel.
In an interview with Famitsu.com at Namco Bandai's recent Gamers Day event, Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino said he'd like to continue with the series if they see strong results from the overseas version. He referred to the studio's Dark Cloud, which sold 120,000 units in Japan, but topped a million total in worldwide sales, as an example of what Ni no Kuni could do.
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch will hit North America and Europe in first quarter 2013. Hino explained that the studio has been taking their time with a proper translation, headed by a new Level-5 localization director.