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Hello! I have a bonus article for you guys this week because I really want to talk about the Neptunia game is coming out August 6 2020 in Japan and 2021 to the west called VVVtunia! I'm just gonna call it Virtualtunia, because how the f**k do pronounce the name? Update: In the west this game is called Neptunia: Virtual Stars.
VVVtunia got announced in November of 2019, with an announcement trailer teasing a new re-design of Neptune, 2 new characters and touting this games as celebrating 10 years of Neptunia and 25 years of Idea Factory. Famitsu and Dengeki Playstation gave us some more details.
In this new spin off game, which makes sense to me, as this game is more different to what the series usually looks at, the 4 goddesses, with pretty cool re-designs, team up with virtual idol team Mewtral, currently consisting of just Yuu and Mii, thought there are some that are not revealed, in order to save Virtualand.
One complaint I've seen with Neptunia is that there are too many spinoff right no, with I get, but at the same time, Neptunia has always been a series to tackle different topics within the Japanese digital space. While the Switch hasn't been covered yet to my knowledge, we may get a new game based off the PS5 and Xbox Series X pretty soon. Plus, E-Ninja Neptune is still in the works, and who know what that will be.
During the November announcement we got some screenshots of gameplay showing Neptune carrying a gun, as well as an room showing off the 2 new idols, Yuu and Mii.
Also, I apologise for the image quality, this is is the best I could get in all the cases.
In December of 2019(and I think uni made me miss this), we got some more screenshots, showing off the VN styled cutscenes, which look to be in 3D this time. I have to say, the graphics are a HUGE step up. Looking at HD quality screenshots, this is a gorgeous looking game. We also got a look all the characters with guns.
In January of this year, the "Guest Connect System" was announced, will feature real V-Tubers! They will become involved in a incident and turned into V-Cubes, and after saving them, you can help them out in battles! This is awesome, Nep usually parody things with references, but the fact they are adding in the possibility to have Kizuna AI, Siro and more V-tubers in the game, is pretty surreal.
On February 14th, 2020 during a stream, we got our proper first look at gameplay, and it looks pretty awesome! The gun gameplay looks to be pretty casual, but for Neptunia that's fine, it's always been more about exploring conspects rather than making them more advanced. YOU CAN SWITCH CHARACTERS IN REAL TIME, ANY TIME. This is a really cool mechanic, which may have been in the Tamsoft games, but to a lesser extent. Did I mention that to me, this game is one the best looking anime games that is upcoming? The worlds looks great, and I can't wait to play this game. EXE attacks look next level, and Nep has some hover boots which I think is pretty cool!
Overall, this is probably on of my most anticipated 2020 games. Due to the way Idea factory international handles releases, it may not ship to the west in 2020, but I'm still really excited. Update: I was correct and this is one of my most anticipated 2021 games.
...this is probably worst it's even been for me being a weeb on this blog. Oh well. Anyways, I did leave some stuff out for the sake of writing convenience, so please check out my sources, Gematsu and Silloconera, there was even a unsubbed behind the scenes video, go check that out.
But for now, thank you guys for reading... and what the hell.
See you guys next time. Take care and keep creating!