Today, Idea Factory International hosted an event at Anime Expo and had four interesting announcements about upcoming releases, especially for fans of the Hyperdimension Neptunia series.
First of all, the spin-off Neptunia Game Maker R:Evolution is coming to the West for PS5, PS4, and Nintendo Switch. Unfortunately, the wait will be fairly long as the localization will be released in 2024. The game is coming on August 10, 2023 in Japan, for the same platforms.
The latest installment of the Neptunia series has arrived! The goal of this game is to rebuild and manage a game company! Build your company and turn it into a huge corporation! This latest entry to the world of Neptunia is better than ever! The battle system has been expanded and now allows for a 4-person party, dungeons can be explored on a high-speed motorcycle, and the Heartful Photo Mode will let you express yourself via fun, manga-like creations!
Next is a fairly unexpected reveal, Neptunia: Sisters VS Sisters is coming to Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One in 2024. It's even getting a physical release in both North America and Europe. As far as I can remember, this is the first time Idea Factory International releases a game on Microsoft's platforms. You can check out a teaser trailer below, albeit there isn't all that much to see.
The game is currently available for PS5, PS4, and PC.
In Neptunia: Sisters VS Sisters, you play as the Goddess Candidates, led by Nepgear, who awaken from a two-year-long slumber to a Gamindustri that has been upended by a treacherous threat called the Trendi Phenomenon. While they've been sleeping, the citizens of Gamindustri have turned to using a new device called the rPhone as their main method of communication as they've been unable to leave their homes while monsters lurk outside.
Next on the menu is the visual novel My Next Life As a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! -Pirates of the Disturbance- coming to Nintendo Switch in Winter 2023.
Catarina Claes is a young woman born into a family of nobility who has a memory of her past life as a high school student. She was reincarnated as a Villainess in an otome game called Fortune Lover. Exile or death were all that awaited her in this new world. However, she managed to evade these ends, and somehow made it through the year to spring break.
As fate would have it, both Catarina and her adopted brother, Keith, were to board a state-of-the-art luxury liner called the Vinculum on its maiden voyage during their time away from the Academy. Once aboard the ship, she realized her friends were also in attendance on what was meant to be a luxurious journey at sea.
The tides changed quickly when they were attacked by pirates who took over the Vinculum and held all of its passengers hostage.
This turn of events all seemed familiar to Catarina, and she begins to recall this was the storyline to a Fortune Lover fanbook.
Could this mean she’s living in a resurrection of a canned doom ending?! Will Catarina and her friends be able to return to Sorcier safely?
The curtain rises for a new twist in this doom-flag-evading romantic comedy!
Lastly, Idea Factory revealed the Otome game Sympathy Kiss, also coming for Nintendo Switch in early 2024.
About a year has passed since Akari Amasawa started her new job as a designer at Estario, a mobile app maker. While she doesn’t dislike her job, she’s not deeply passionate about it either. After her yearly performance review, she’s given the opportunity to join the Estarci team.
The company’s namesake app, Estarci is a news app that made a big splash when it launched, but has since fallen behind rival apps, including apps run by Estario itself. Management has decided to give the app one last chance before shutting it down for good, and Akari and all of her new co-workers will need to give it their all to save the app from the chopping block.
Will Akari find true love? Will she find what it is she wants to do in life? Will the app get shut down? Wait, was Akari only given this opportunity because the company was looking for an excuse to fire her?! Business and pleasure mix in Sympathy Kiss, a thrilling office romance and slice-of-life drama!