Last week VRFocus reported on Idea Factory International confirming a North American release date of 8th May, 2018 for Megadimension Neptunia VIIR, without mentioning when European gamers may see the title. That date has now been confirmed as 11th May, 2018, the same week as its North American release.
Alongside the European release date announcement, Idea Factory International and Compile Heart have released a series of new screenshots, showcasing the English language version translation and the Gamindustri Goddesses players will encounter in the experience.
A PlayStation 4 videogame with added PlayStation VR compatibility, Megadimension Neptunia VIIR is an ‘enhanced’ version of 2016 role-playing game (RPG), Megadimension Neptunia VII. New features in the updated version include smoother graphics courtesy of a new engine, a revamped battle system, and the addition of VR to make the experience even more immersive.
The actual gameplay itself is two fold, with one part revolving around players being able to hang out one-on-one with each of the Gamindustri Goddesses, listen to their conversations, and watch as the Goddesses react to them all in VR. While the second part are the actual battles, with the new battle system allows players to set each attack combo mid-battle whilst introducing new elements of strategy and resource-management. And they can transform into even more powerful beings with their NEXT forms, and take control of a different set of characters who want to run Gamindustri.
The Hyperdimension Neptunia series began life in 2010 with an exclusive title for the PlayStation 3, with the series deriving its name from the abandoned SEGA Neptune console. With gameplay a combination of the dungeon crawling JRPG style popularised by titles such as Square Enix’s Final Fantasy series, combined with elements of Japanese visual novels, the Neptunia series has since spun off into other media such as music, manga and even an anime series (Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation).
In preparation for its western launch, Idea Factory International has opened pre-orders up for Megadimension Neptunia VIIR on select websites. North American customers can either go to Amazon or Gamestop, whilst those in the UK can head to Amazon – for some reason the UK site lists the release date as 13th April. For any further updates to Megadimension Neptunia VIIR, keep reading VRFocus.