Based on GamesIndustry.biz sources, Ni no Kuni and Yo-Kai Watch developer Stage-5 has been phasing out its North American studios since Summer time 2019. The Stage-5 Worldwide America and Stage-5 Abby studios had been hit with substantial layoffs final 12 months.
In July 2019, Stage-5 Worldwide America closed its design division and, earlier this 12 months, Stage-5 Abby COO Yukari Hayakawa was mentioned to have stepped down from the corporate. As of proper now, Stage-5 has not publicly introduced any future North American releases, which begs the query: Have North American operations stopped fully?
Personally, I haven’t got a lot expertise with Stage 5’s Yo-Kai Watch sequence, however the two Ni no Kuni video games had been heart-warming Studio Ghibli-informed experiences with nice characters and strong fight. Whereas nothing has been confirmed, I am hoping that Stage-5 nonetheless plans to launch their video games within the West.