Level-5 director Yoshiaki Kusuda has revealed that PS3 exclusive White Knight Chronicles II was almost a simple expansion pack to complement the original JRPG release.
Speaking to the official PlayStation.Blog
, the developer explained the studio's reasoning for including the first White Knight Chronicles in its entirety on the same Blu-ray disc as the upcoming sequel. Besides the fact that no bugger bought the game in the West, it has something to do with maintaining the connection with the online features, apparently.
"When we were creating White Knight Chronicles II
, the first thing we thought about was what form the product would take. A sequel would usually be sold as a separate package that you could buy on its own and play without the original game if you wanted," Kusuda noted.
"However, in the case of a game like White Knight Chronicles
, you also have the online gaming side which means it?s difficult to keep the sequel completely separate from the original. We considered a number of possibilities, like making an expansion that would require the original game. But that would limit our audience to people who had purchased the first game and wanted to play more.
"The number of PS3 owners has increased since the first White Knight Chronicles
was released, which gives us a chance to attract new players, so we decided that including the original game on the disc was the best solution." That explains that, then.