Thursday, 24 October 2013

Localisation Prospect: Hyperdimension Neptunia PP

I was awoken this morning by a Tweet. As annoying as it was at 7.30am, the contents of the tweet more than made up for it. Thanks go to Remy Dalmulder (Sanquine) for bringing this to my attention. Game publisher NISA is bringing Idea Factory's Hyperdimension Neptunia PP to US and EU PlayStation Vita's next year. This title has a planned release for both retail and PSN formats but no firm date given yet other than 2014. So lets gather up some Intel on what is probably one of the most surprising titles to see localisation for a while.

Nippon Ichi Software's description of this title:   
The player takes on the role of the main character, who happens to fall into Gamindustri and is immediately hired by one of the four CPUs-Neptune, Noire, Blanc, and Vert-to be their producer and manage their idol careers. Get your training wheels on, ladies, because a new producer is in town and the fate of Gamindustri hangs in the balance! Will you be able to properly raise these CPUs into idols, or will their citizens be stolen away from them by the popular idol group MOB-48!? Teach these girls to sing, dance, and properly promote themselves to the general populace thanks in part to your expertise in training video game idols back on Earth. As the girls' popularity rises, they will be able to join one another in singing duets, or maybe even come together for a full ensemble!
The goal of Hyperdimension Idol Neptunia PP is to get fans. You can send Neptune and the CPUs out by picking the "business" option from the main menu. There are events, media shows, and other publicity stunts you can do to promote the Neptunia idol troupe. If you want to give the CPUs a break you can select "off" which also lets you see scenes of the idols talking. Pick "lesson" and you can increase the girl’s stats. You can also select "move" to relocate your office to get fans in other regions. When it’s time to perform you can select live mode. The CPUs will take the stage to sing and dance. You can pick costumes for the CPUs. The CPUs that perform can increase their share in the region their act is in. There are times when monsters like the Dogoo will come on stage too in Unlimited Live events - Very much a far cry from previous entries in the series with gameplay not being anything like the JRPG's of previous entries. While the fact its Hyperdimension Neptunia is enough to ensure its a day one purchase for me, With it not being an RPG I am a little worried about it being too much of an off-shoot. Still, It does intrigue so a purchase is on the cards with a review to follow for those interested (whenever release day is)
Ive managed to piece together info from numerous sources to brings this small tidbit post with a little more info than most to give you guys a small insight as to whats in store. As you can see from the screenshots, it looks very much like a Neptunia game at least. I can see this being a fans game more than anything, so even more niche than the main series. Personally, I cant wait. I almost had a fangirl screaming moment when I read the news so you can be sure Ill let you know as soon as a release date is announced

Here's some art to tie you over till some more announcements are made..

1 comment:

  1. I totally forgot it was 7:30 in England. I live in country ( Netherlands) where the time was 8:30. Im also happy with this news. I want this cult / niche games coming to Europe:D