One of the design choices that makes White Knight Chronicles standout is Leonard's ability to transform into a seven foot tall White Knight. How did this concept get in the game? Siliconera asked Level 5.
"This may or may not apply to the western markets, but in Japan, there are a lot of productions that include 'hero' characters. As a child (especially boys) we see a lot of characters who transform into heroes, and naturally this becomes something like a dream for many of us in Japan," Kentaro Motomura, Producer at Level 5 explained in an interview with Siliconera.