Truly, 2015 is shaping up to be the year of the jRPG. Already we knew we had major powerhouses like Persona 5 and Xenoblade Chronicles X launching next year – but over these last few days we’ve learned that not only will Disgaea 5 will be coming to the west this year, but now it seems that the major franchises in Compile Hearts repertoire will see a PC release in English, next year! Currently announced for a western PC release are titles in the HyperDimension Neptunia series, as well as Fairy Fencer F.
Reported by Siliconera, it seems that the Idea Factory president Yoshiteru Sato is the one that made the announcement when speaking to the Japanese magazine Dengeki PlayStation.
This follows various instances of ratings boards hosting ratings for the HyperDimension Neptunia Re;Birth games on PC; and considering that both HyperDimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 and HyperDimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2 have already been noted for PC, it wouldn’t be a surprise if these titles hit the platform early next year!
Although I haven’t personally played the HyperDimension Neptunia series; I’ve heard a lot about it, and if I understand it correctly – the series itself is very similar to Fairy Fencer F, which I reviewed and enjoyed back in September. I understand that the basic gameplay is almost identical, as well – so depending on the price for these titles, I just might have to pick up Re;Birth 1 when it hits Steam (though in my defense, I was planning on picking up Re;Birth 1 for my Vita recently, anyway.) Still not sure if I should pick up the Vita version or not; but I’m definitely interested in checking out the series now. One of my major problems with Fairy Fencer F was just how horrible the game ran in some dungeons; so it might be interesting to see how the PC port fairs, compared to the PS3 release, as well…
What do you guys think about Compile Heart games coming to Steam? Any thoughts regarding the trend towards jRPGs releasing on the platform?