Neptunia Game Maker R:Evolution Launches for PS4, PS5 & Nintendo Switch in May 2024

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Idea Factory has announced that the latest Hyperdimension Neptunia game, Neptunia Game Maker R:Evolution, will arrive in North America and Europe physically and digitally for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch in May 2024. The PlayStation Store and the Nintendo eShop pages for the game will be available at a later date.

An announcement trailer was also posted on Idea Factory’s main YouTube channel. 

The North American and European release of Neptunia Game Maker R:Evolution will also include French and Spanish subtitles, with the latter included for the Spain release. Meanwhile, North American fans can soon pre-order the Standard Edition and Limited Edition.  

Additionally, European and UK fans can sign up to be notified for the preorders of the “Day One Edition Dual Pack Plus” for Nintendo Switch on the IFI Europe and UK online store. It includes the Neptunia Game Maker R:Evolution and Neptunia: Sisters VS Sisters Day One Edition, as well as a special bonus acrylic shikishi item. 

Neptunia Game Maker R:Evolution previously launched in Japan in August 2023. It features the parallel world Older Neptune as its protagonist and is described as a game where the player has to rebuild and manage a game company into a huge corporation. Highlighted features include 4-person parties, a motorcycle that can be used for dungeon exploration, and the Heartful Photo Mode, where players can “express” themselves through “fun, manga-like creations.” The game development aspect will contribute to the party by boosting members’ stats.

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Most of these aspects can be seen in the announcement trailer. The very brief preview of the game company management bits shows a hub-like area with tabs like Additional Investment and Publishing Firms, and later a screen displaying the progress and details of the company’s in-development titles. The latter is quickly interrupted by a Panic Occurence pop-up asking the player if they would like to use money to somehow deal with negative reception to a game’s demo (due to differences with the promotional material), or leave things to the game’s creator with a 19% chance of success.

Idea Factory International describes the game’s synopsis as: 

In a world of powerful rival Game Makers…

Within the Game Maker world, in order to acquire Shares, Game Makers have started to wage a battle for supremacy.

And so, a new Game Maker steps into the fray, attempting to endure the battle for survival in the Gaming Industry.

Compile Heart’s Neptunia JRPG franchise began with the 2010 Hyperdimension Neptunia game. In addition to several video game sequels and spin-offs, the series also inspired a 2013 TV anime series from David Production and three OVA specials from Okuruto Noboru in 2019, 2021, and 2022. 

Source: press release

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