Nobuo Uematsu "Summoned" For Neptunia V

By Spencer . May 16, 2012 . 11:10pm

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Summons Division Manager Izawa is back with news about another Neptunia V collaboration. Former Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu and his band Earthbound Papas are working on Neptunia V’s music. The news comes with a video of Izawa "rocking out" so if you want to see something wacky watch the clip of Keiji Inafune as a … ship again.

 

Neptunia V comes out in Japan for PlayStation 3 on August 30.

 

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  • Guest

    Well this just got more interesting

  • elsalvadorps

    Not as crazy as you think…he’s worked on a otome game for IF

    Yeah (Hyped as f*** to let you know)

  • http://www.facebook.com/klaudkil Alex Cattaneo

    Wow..okej  now i am interested!

  • Jezzy

     Turn him into a summon too!

    • boundries_san

      NOBUO come out as a long long dark angel sword???

  • http://twitter.com/salarta salarta

    HOLY SH-… CRAP! THIS IS AWESOME.

    I am very happy to see so many meaningful industry people gradually adding their talent and support to this fine series. I really have thought this series had astounding break-out potential to it since the first game, and it’s very nice to see it continuing on and making a bigger name for itself.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jake.demopoulos Jacob Demopoulos

    … NO! GOD NO!

    Nobuo’s music is NOT for this series! He’s dramatic for a serious series! Hyperdimension Neptunia is NOT dramatic! It is too silly for him! Get Kota Hoshino (Metal Wolf Chaos) or someone who is experienced with silly! This is NOT Nobuo’s field!

    • EusisLandale

       So, he’s not allowed to do anything silly because he normally does serious? Yay typecasting!

    • http://twitter.com/salarta salarta

      As I said above, you are needlessly, irrationally typecasting a human being. Human beings are allowed to do more than one thing, you know.

    • CirnoLakes

      I disagree. While Uematsu certainly has a talent for dramatic songs, he’s certainly made great lighthearted tracks, too. I wouldn’t typecast him like that. And here I didn’t get to be the first person to throw down the word typecast, either. No getting to look special and be that one person who uses a term one doesn’t get to use that often. Oh well. I think we’re both right.

      By the way, if you’ve listened to Nobuo Uematsu’s repertoire and haven’t considered Uematsu’s “silly” tracks good or noteworthy, I don’t know what to think. Aren’t the Chocobo songs some of the most famous in the gaming industry for a reason? “Big Chocobo” is a super silly track! And sure, people talk a lot about and go on and on about tracks like One Winged Angel and the like. But the themes like the Chocobo theme certainly stand next as very popular.

  • DanteJones

    Was probably already going to get this, but now Nobuo is doing the music? SOLD. 

  • Luna Kazemaru

    Lol oh boy here we go.

  • Stranger On The Road

    aaahhhhhhh, stop teasing us and tell us when the English version is going to be released (and what the Limited Edition is going to have).

  • elsalvadorps

    Just the reaction I was waiting for

    *gets popcorn and chair* and here we go

  • boundries_san

    There are no such thing as waste of talent!!! Only more entertaining games.

  • boundries_san

    This is what a great game should be lol.^^ Great music, great cameos. Now we only need MOAR sexy char.^^

    • rebecasunao

      Even more?? Don’t you think there’s enough boobs there?

      • boundries_san

        Well sexy in my case does not mean boobies here.^^ Just moar pretty with different kinds of style which will enrich the number of babes inside the game.^^

        • rebecasunao

          I prefer a game that treats girls well ._. not as sexy objects to stare at

          • boundries_san

            Sorry not to offend the girls here.T_T

      • AzureNova

        You can NEVER have enough boobs XD

      • http://wiredjungle.wordpress.com/ DrakosAmatras

        It’s like brine/sea-water, apparently: It just makes you want more and more – among other properties.

        • rebecasunao

          Hmmmmm. Urges

          • http://wiredjungle.wordpress.com/ DrakosAmatras

            I did say “among other properties”, didn’t I? Like, unhygienic, saturated with salts and overall just not good for the health?

          • rebecasunao

            *pat pat* I got it, silly Aung. Just teasing

          • http://twitter.com/#!/kaishou Kaishou

            @rebecasunao:disqus lies

          • rebecasunao

            @kaishou:disqus What is it Kaikai?

  • DanteJones
  • M’iau M’iaut

    Makes a note to remind Ishaan and Spencer NEVER to post which combini chain Nobuo and Inafune choose shop at.

    Someone will pop in and troll against it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Pierre-Louis/667684607 Steven Pierre-Louis

    I can’t recall the last time I saw a game and thought “Man, the creators must have had some fun making this.”  Granted there is plenty of monetizing to be had in this series (lookin’ at you DLC), but I really am drawn to the idea of getting a bunch of creators together and telling them to go nuts. 

    In a gaming climate that is trying hard to be serious all the time, or mature, or artistic, it’s good that we also can just have fun sometimes.

  • brian yep

    And he is a good composer so why not improve it?

    • http://profiles.google.com/jake.demopoulos Jacob Demopoulos

      That WOULD be the case if it weren’t for the fact that Nobuo works with more serious media and Hyperdimension Neptunia is the round hole that does not work with the Nobuo square peg.

      • http://twitter.com/salarta salarta

        You are needlessly typecasting Uematsu. Nobuo isn’t a video game series, he’s a human being. Human beings can attempt multiple approaches to what they do without it somehow being a sin against the reason they exist. It’s not much different than claiming an actor isn’t allowed to do anything except the exact same role that made them famous.

        That’s not even considering that this isn’t JUST Uematsu, though he’s obviously the biggest name involved. It’s his band, Earthbound Papas. Get several people together and their talents can form something different from what you’d get from just its most prominent member.

      • M’iau M’iaut

        Last I checked Final Fantasy is a video game and so is Nep Nep. Same type of media. The mere fact he has performed with a group called ‘The Black Mages’ tells me the gentleman has a fun side to him, too.

        Unless of course you have come here today to proclaim Advent Children as the ‘serious’ media that best represents Nobuo’s ‘square peg’.

      • boundries_san

        Umm people can change u know. U can see for example Sawano Hiroyuki Gundam Unicorn composer can make a very sad,serious and of course awesome music for the shows however he can also did “Sengoku Basara” music which is more cheerful and light compared to Gundam Unicorn here lol.

        If the person had tallent, they will always be able to come out with some masterpiece here.

      • Ladius

        You’re really not giving him any credit if you think he’s only able to provide soundtracks for an extremely limited type of games, not to mention that even less serious jrpg series can have their share of epical tracks between dungeons, battle themes, boss themes and so on.

      • Tommy Lee

        Uematsu has done music for lighthearted/silly games too, such as: http://youtu.be/pS_oWaNRXk8

  • Tatsumarii

    Congrats NISA, you’ve summoned my wallet. 

  • http://twitter.com/salarta salarta

    … So your complaint is that he’s making the game’s music not awful anymore (your opinion, not mine)?

  • malek86

    *looks at first image*

    … ooookay then…

    Anyway, Earthbound Papas? Is that a new band or something? I thought Uematsu’s band was called The Black Mages.

    • Tommy Lee

      The Black Mages disbanded about 2 years ago. Not sure when he formed Earthbound Papas though.

  • boundries_san

    So he coming here to make this game music better is…… wrong???

  • http://twitter.com/SE_Imperial_Hot Imperial Hot

    I see that it is perfectly okay to have negative opinion in a Square-Enix or Capcom post, but making similar comment here is not good and comment removed.

    Making fun of FF and then going to go crazy over this stuff? I guess if boobies makes games good. strange standards.

    • http://twitter.com/salarta salarta

      It’s more that you made the kind of post that reads as an attempt at trolling other users. If you had actually backed your remark with why you hold that opinion, perhaps it would have been read as a genuine opinion and not just trying to upset people that look forward to this game. You can see other people that are negative about Uematsu doing music for this game actually said why they think that way, and their comments are still there.

    • boundries_san

      I believe ur comment is flagged due to u hating this game without mentioning why u hate this game here while for SQ and Capcom, i believe u know why some people here hate some of their games lol.

    • EusisLandale

      I flagged it for review. Maybe others did too, but I’ll go ahead and admit it. I’ll also tell you why; You were negative without any reasoning at all provided for that negativity. Idea Factory games, Neptunia especially, seem to drag out alot of people that like to hate for the sake of hating, which is more or less against the rules here.
      You’re new here, I’m pretty sure none of the people that actually check up on these games are going to hold this one against you as if you’re part of the regular group that like to trash IF games, but please do take the time to read the rules so we don’t have to consider you one of them. And, hey, if you see someone making fun of something you like, FF for example I’ll assume, without any reasoning flag it so we can get rid of the trolls.
      http://www.siliconera.com/2011/06/25/were-going-to-fix-siliconeras-comments-and-we-need-your-help/

      • malek86

        Not going to defend him, but it’s true that there are often a lot of people saying stuff like “I hope Crapcom fails” or “Microsoft should just leave the console business” or “why doesn’t Wada fall in a pit and die” without any justification. What’s more, their comments end up getting a lot of Likes, which might explain why they don’t get flagged – people agree with them. Unfortunately the flag system is highly dependant on where the userbase sways to. Our moderators take care of some of those comments, but they can’t do everything themselves if the userbase doesn’t cooperate.

        Nonetheless, since most of those comments are unjustified too, I guess they should be treated as such. I don’t think we should be making a double standard just because a company is niche (and therefore more appreciated by default here) while the other is not.

        This is for people to judge though.

        • Luna Kazemaru

          Comments without justification should be flagged I flag and call out people who do the same crap with Capcom and MS. I honestly don’t care what game or dev it is if you got something to say atleast back it up and don’t leave bullshit.

        • http://twitter.com/salarta salarta

          I would have to answer that by noting that his comment was “What a waste of talent.” He didn’t say “This series sucks, I wish Uematsu would spend his time on something that deserves his talent” or anything like it, he went straight for the kind of phrasing that can be quickly and easily mistaken for trolling. I can say that confidently because that’s exactly what I thought it was, otherwise I would have replied to it. Instead, I rolled my eyes and moved on.

          If this was an issue of censoring comments that are negative about a niche company, all the other negative comments would have been flagged too. His is the ONLY comment on here, among people that complained Uematsu didn’t fit the game and claiming this series is pure pandering as a niche title, to get flagged for review. It kinda defeats the idea of double standards taking place here when his comment is literally the only one to get flagged thus far.

          • malek86

            I couldn’t read his comment because I came here after it was flagged. But I’m not saying that he shouldn’t have been flagged. I’m saying that people should be more responsible.

            I believe a lot of people, when they see comments that should be flagged, will occasionally turn a blind eye because they actually agree with them. Like say “oh, this guy is bashing Capcom without justifying his hate. Let’s flag… uhm, but wait, I don’t like Capcom either. Fine, I’ll pretend I didn’t see it”. Or maybe they’ll even like the comment instead. I’m sure you understand that a community works well when people remain coherent about what constitutes a “flag-worthy” comment.

            Of course, I also understand that one can’t waste their life flagging every comment (some of the Squenix/Capcom articles would take forever to clean out!). That’s why, rather than only flagging some comments, I’d rather not flag anything. But that’s just me, and I’m too lenient. If other people think flagging is a good instrument for making the place better, they should use it… but not just when it makes them feel better about themselves.

            Note that I’m not talking to you in particular, or about this specific case. I’m just saying what I notice happening in many other articles.

          • http://twitter.com/salarta salarta

            I understand that view, that people need to be consistent in what they flag, but I think they are being consistent. Someone writes something that comes off as trolling, it gets flagged. Someone writes something that looks like a genuine opinion, it’s left alone or gets a reply. Giving something a Like does not mean the person supports trolling fans of a company they don’t like, it means they agree with a genuine opinion expressed in the comment.

            I haven’t seen anything going wrong in other articles, myself.

            If we can’t flag a comment that looks more like a troll attempt than a genuine opinion, then there’s not much reason to have the option of flagging comments at all.

            Edit: I also just saw that a different comment was just flagged for review… 6 hours later. Since this took several hours to happen, and only after I pointed out that only Imperial Hot’s first comment got flagged for looking like trolling, I’m choosing to view this new “flagged for review” as someone trying to make it look like there’s a double standard in the community when there really isn’t.

    • http://wiredjungle.wordpress.com/ DrakosAmatras

      While it’s not an impossibility that people with that standard exist, best not to make a sweeping generalization of the whole userbase. Personally, I don’t make fun of Final Fantasy, nor am I eager about this series.

  • Ladius

    Fantastic news, I can’t wait to hear which kind of tracks Uematsu will be able to create for a game so different from his traditional focus :)

    Looking at the obvious graphical improvements since the first Neptunia, at the far better battle system in Mk2 and at all those collaborations, from Inafune to Uematsu, it looks like IFCH are really trying to do anything they can to improve their franchises now that they have the budget to do so.

    • malek86

      Wait, I can understand graphics and collaborations, but why should the quality of the battle system be tied to the budget?

      I’ve seen indie games with better combat systems than many big Squenix productions.

      • Ladius

        In this case it is, considering how Mk2 adopted an hybrid between turn based combat and free movement in the battle arena that requires a level of smooth animation and visual pleasantness the first game couldn’t hope to provide, since before Mk2 IFCH didn’t have to budget for mocap.

        • malek86

          So you are saying that the first game had a bad combat system… because of the budget?

          Could be, but I think it’s more likely that they just tried experimenting with something different, and it came out wrong. Can happen, and I would at least give them props for trying. As long as they noticed that it wasn’t good (I’m pretty sure player feedback wasn’t positive about it) and made the sequel better, it’s ok.

          • Ladius

            I’m saying that the improvements that made Mk2′s battle system better thanks to the introduction of free movements wouldn’t have been possible without an increased budget, or would have been aestethically questionable without the funds for mocap.

  • Guest

    You know Nobuo’s career is on the decline when he starts working on a game as niche as this.  Not saying Neptunia is bad or anything; it’s just fairly low profile compared his typical fare.  I always thought Square stopped using him in part because he got too expensive, but this makes me think otherwise.

    • http://twitter.com/salarta salarta

      Or it could just be that Uematsu happens to really like this project, thinks it has a lot of potential, and decided to offer his services within what these companies can afford.

      We won’t really know for certain until someone comments on Uematsu’s level of involvement.

    • Stranger On The Road

       I actual read this article as: Neptunia have become big game and can afford big names to take part in its development

      the graphics have improved considerably, the RPG system seem to have improved, and now they have a big name doing their music….. can you really still call it “niche”?

      P.S. I don’t know how well the 1st 2 games have sold in Japan, but clearly it is doing very well for the developer.

      • Guest

        Big numbers ≠ mainstream appeal, especially in Japan.  After all, just because K-on singles occasionally top the charts there, it doesn’t mean anyone other than hardcore Otaku actually watches the show.

        Neptunia is purely for the hardcore moé crowd.

        • CirnoLakes

          But K-On! IS pretty mainstream. More mainstream than supposed “exceptional” anime that many moe hating Westerners love, like Cowboy Bebop and Trigun. K-On! is one of the most mainstream pieces of animation in Japan in recent year.

          • Guest

            No, it’s not.  No one in Japan watches K-ON except for Otaku.

          • Nemesis_Dawn

            You did a poll, I guess.

          • Guest

            And you did? K-ON aired in the middle of the night and never got ratings even in the ballpark of mainstream Japanese television programs.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001275180571 Tyler IrieSekine Ferreira

            Then explain how it got a movie.

      • malek86

        First and second game have sold in their first week, respectively, around 25k and 32k units. Both came out around August. However by the end of the year, after roughly the same number of months of sales, they were both at around 47k units sold (MC numbers).

        So the total yearly sales don’t seem to have really changed, meaning the series is probably only selling to existing fans. Nevertheless, the increase in first week sales seem to indicate a dedicated fanbase.

        Anyway, they are not big numbers. If Disgaea can be called niche, then I guess this one is even moreso. I guess if they are doing all these collaborations and stuff, is because they are hoping in future growth.

        I don’t know how well the series is doing in the US (presumably it’s doing well, but I don’t have numbers). It’s also possible they are increasing their budget because the US sales are very good and made them a pretty penny in licenses.

    • Ladius

      This isn’t the first niche Uematsu project this gen, though, and Neptunia V will probably be bigger in terms of sales than Sakura Note or Away Shuffle Dungeon were.

      • Guest

        Those were both “I’ll help out a friend” projects though.  Sakura Note was made by a couple of once fairly important ex-Square folks, and Away Shuffle Dungeon was Mistwalker.

    • BlackirisMnemocide

      It’s more than Uematsu didn’t feel like sticking with Square Enix anymore rather than the other way round. In some interviews he said that he only likes to compose for games he really finds interesting. I don’t think he is quite the moneyman, either. I assume that he was glad about the chance to play songs with the Earthbound Papas for a game.

      • Guest

        Somehow I doubt he left Square because it got too corporate if he’s willing to work on a game as unapologetically pandering as Neptunia.

        • http://twitter.com/salarta salarta

          … As if this game having anime tropes and moe and revealing clothing automatically means it’s nothing but “pandering,” and even if it counts as that, that it would also automatically make this project worse than Squeenix.

          Neptunia is a fresh IP, with its own themes and concepts that are remaining consistent and being treated respectfully across each game. Contrast this with Squeenix, which has been taking old IPs and butchering them by completely changing characters and concepts in horribly inappropriate ways. Squeenix is by far worse than Neptunia when you see characters like Yuna and Aya Brea skankified in “sequels” when the games they came from presented them in such a way that bikinis, revealing halter tops and ass-hugging hot pants are things they would never wear.

          Of course, we don’t ACTUALLY know what’s going on between Uematsu and Squeenix. All this could be pointless conjecture and he’s all fine with still working on Squeenix projects. But if he did have qualms with Squeenix’s treatment of things, he has more than enough reason for it.

          • Guest

            So it’s only pandering when you sexualize characterize who weren’t skanky before?  But when your game regularly features stuff like THIS (see attached image), it’s treating the IP with respect? 

            The amount of denial that goes on at this site is astonishing.  If you want to complain about games like The 3rd Birthday being too sexual, that’s fine.  But don’t act like the Neptunia creators are principled, uncompromising artists just because they STARTED at the lowest common denominator instead of moving there gradually.

            You can complain about Square-Enix losing their touch all you want, but even their worst products are still light years more respectable than the mediocrity a bottom feeding company like Compile Heart puts out year after year.

          • Luna Kazemaru

            http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb157/starsickle/Postables/zeroeffsgiven.gif

            That is all Honestly if you feel so negative about the game just shut up and drop it already move along nothing for you to see here.GOD I love it when people are on that moral high horse.

          • EusisLandale

             It should be noted that the only characters that have outfits so revealing like that are goddesses, or a singer. Both justified situations. Other characters do have revealing clothing, true, but not to the point where there’s more skin than clothes.
            In the justified cases it’s pretty much part of their jobs, and in the case of the goddesses, their survival. They do it for the attention, which is in turn power for them, in their human forms they do actually dress pretty modestly.
            Is it still pandering? Maybe, but it’s pandering that actually ties into the plot. It’s not sexiness for the sake of it like some other games do, it’s actually pretty important to the game itself.

        • CirnoLakes

           This is strange, you call Neptunia niche. And then you compare Neptunia to “corporate” as “pandering”. Which is it? A niche title, or corporate? The two don’t typically intersect. Most corporations are interested in making games with broad appeal that will sell a lot, not niche games that are the passions of their niche audience and the developers.

          You can call it “pandering” if you like. But I’m sure it’s made because all parties invovled enjoy “pandering”. You could call people who write hentai doujins and fanart “pandering”, too. But they typically do it out of personal passion. And fanart typically goes for, well, free.

          There’s nothing odd about leaving Square because of seeing them as too Corporate, and then wanting to work with a game like Neptunia. What’s odd is that you think it’s odd. Did you not think that the people who make these games actually like them and are as much a fanservice to themselves as they are to others?

          • Guest

            You pretty much lost all credibility when you called writing porn an activity done out of personal passion.  I’m sure a prostitute also does what she does because she’s in it for the art.

          • Nemesis_Dawn

            Alright, dad. You can’t stay up this late without taking your meds anymore.

          • Guest

            Yeah, and who’s trolling again?

          • CirnoLakes

            Pray tell, what on earth would you call people the motivation for writing erotic materials other than a “passion”? Sexuality has biological motivations, I would think that people would easily be as motivated towards it and passionate about it as a hobby or general interest in life as anything.

            Just like you doubt a prostitute is doing what he or she is doing for the art, I highly doubt most people who write slash fiction are doing it for anything other than the personal gratification.

            You know, what a lot of people draw or write for, or would at least like to, the fun. And what people generally seek out of life in general.

          • Guest

            You are absurdly naive. It’s cute, honestly.

    • boundries_san

      Umm thats funny lol. Whether u wanted to admit or not Neptunia brand here is growing and they provide lots of freedom in the game development process i think here. Which is probably the main reason why he come to compose some song here.

      Or maybe, he just wanted to had fun making game here lol. As if it is me, making game like this seems to hell of fun lol. Using cameos of old genres game, using some game developers for summon?

    • http://twitter.com/willofsilver Silver Lion

       He also works on Unchain Blades Rexx which is made by a very niche
      developer and he also works on an otome game, so whatever makes Uematsu starts
      working on niche games this isn’t the first time he does so

    • WingsOfEternity

      You’re ****ing hilarious. Uematsu has probably already made more money than you could ever make in a life time, he’s just doing this for enjoyment.

      Just a typical troll guys, move along now, nothing to see here.

      • Guest

        How much money I make has noting to do with any of this.  And I’m the one who’s allegedly trolling?

        • WingsOfEternity

           It’s a figure of speech, in other words, he’s much richer than an average person and he’s just doing this because he wants to, in no way is his “career declining”. It’s like saying Linkin Park’s career is declining because they did the theme song for the PS3 Gundam game, sure they aren’t popular as they were maybe 3-4 years back but they are definitely successful and have reached a point where they could do what they want to enjoy and not just for money.

          • Guest

            Linkin Park’s career did decline. Burn it down didn’t exactly set the charts on fire last month.

          • kamikki

            I’d advise you to take a look at the history of Uematsu’s works.

  • Ladius

    No offence, but this post makes no sense. Even if the previous Neptunia OSTs were as awful as you claim, that would have absolutely nothing to do with Uematsu’s future output for Neptunia V, not to mention there would be nothing wrong with improving the series’ musics.

    I know hating on Neptunia is cool and all, but seeing this kind of reaction even when IFCH manages to pick up such a great talent to improve the quality of their franchise is ridiculous.

  • Christ

    Boobs? Check.
    I doubt this doesn’t sell well in Japan.
    But pleaaaaase Nobuo, make another Final Fantasy soundtrack sometime

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000221282201 Max Stölten

    Damn, that’s a reason to buy it. I absolutely love all of Nobou Uematsu’s masterpieces and was interested in Neptunia from the very start anyway. 

  • usagi_san

    If I wasn’t interested in this game already, now, another reason to pick up this game. If the soundtrack is good, not judging the talent that is Nobou Uematsu, I will definitely like a CD for this game. 

    Adding to what others have said, I think it best to judge Uematsu (and more specifically Earthbound Papas) on the music of this game and not on his past work. 

  • SirRichard

    Well, that’s definitely put the game on my radar, if nothing else.

    And “Earthbound Papas”?  Any reason behind that name, or is it just because?

  • LETS PRAY FOR LOCALIZATION

    If/Compile sure know how to make a game unique XD
    Can’t wait till it comes out.

  • ivanchu77

    I can´t believe that a supposed “niche” game has the likes of Inafune and now uematsu…   there´s some huge names here that normally you would see only in super productions with millions of $$$

    this franchise has grown up a lot, I hope it continues like this and become a big name that sells millions in the future

    • Guest

      Somehow I don’t see that happening when half the characters look like 5 year olds running around as strippers with controller themed thigh-highs.

      • boundries_san

        …….. U do know that looks in japan is not = to age?(Neotune herself is a goddess here which is more than 100+ old here and there are also other games where they had younger char as main char too.)

        • SirRichard

          “She’s really 1000 years old” is a very dodgy thing to say, mate, even in response to someone claiming they’re all five year olds.

          • EusisLandale

             How about “She’s an animated character that if real world standards were to be applied, would not even be physically classifiable as a human with as little as a quick glance.”?

          • SirRichard

            Sounds overly defensive, and I’m not sure why you’re directing it at me, mate, I’m not judging.

          • EusisLandale

             Not really being defensive, nor really directing anything at you in particular. Actually, kind of agreeing with you. Just saying, people really should not really be getting upset over a character design like this. “She looks like a kid.” “She looks like a stripper” “She’s older than she looks”, all such stupid things to say when the character in question doesn’t even look human.

          • Guest

            That’s totally beside the point.  The issue is whether the character designs are a limit on the game’s ability to achieve mainstream popularity, WHICH THEY ARE.  You may have lots of ways to rationalize away the fact that the main characters bear a disturbing resemblance to children, but most buyers in Japan and elsewher are still bothered by that sort of design. You can explain why it doesn’t bother you personally, but that won’t change the reality of the fact that most people don’t want to buy a game with character designs like this.

          • EusisLandale

            Chicken, I don’t really see the character designs as the limitation to popularity. The games are fairly popular with the intended demographic. What keeps it from being “mainstream popularity” is more the complete and utter insanity of the concept behind the games. Even if the character designs were exceptionally prudish, the mainstream response to these games would very simply be a nice flat “What.”, and that’s not really a problem.
            And again, you say the childlike characters are a problem. Which ones?

          • boundries_san

            Well so what should i response here lol as thats the setting of the game here lol. If he hates the game here, i don’t even understand why he should come to a thread about things he dislike here lol.

            It is just like those Gamefaqs people who had this kind of opinion “U are not allowed to love game that i dislike!!!”

          • SirRichard

            He was probably looking for angry responses in particular, so it would’ve been best to ignore it. Though yeah, there did seem to be a bit of “Stop liking what I don’t like!” in there, some people are just like that, unfortunately!

      • EusisLandale

        The only characters that look even remotely childlike don’t really look very stripperish. That and there’s really only 3 characters that fit the “look like 5 year olds” bit, there’s far more than 6 characters, so the “half the characters” bit is pretty wrong too. Actually, a lot of the characters are also pretty well dressed. Revealing, perhaps, but aside from a couple of the characters, it doesn’t really go into stripper territory.

        So, what version of the game did you get to cut out so many characters and off so much clothing?

      • Luna Kazemaru

        I find it annoying that people like you always popping up in here with that 5 year old bullshit. Honestly I find it VERY odd that’s the first thing you think of if you see them.

        • boundries_san

          Well we are going to see this again and again sadly.T_T but No problem as we, Neptunia fans will stay strong!!!^^

          • Luna Kazemaru

            Its more or less I can’t help but laugh when that’s the first thought that comes to mind but the same people end up degrading people who play the game who most likely don’t even think about crap like that when playing the game.

          • boundries_san

            Yeah, gamers nowadays is just too different from our era now lol.

          • Guest

            I find it very odd that you are so deeply in denial that must insinuate
            that others are pedophiles because they realize characters whose feature
            match up EXACTLY with those of a typical child (large head to body
            ratio, small chest, giant eyes, high pitched voice) are kind of creepy
            when they’re sexualized.  

          • Luna Kazemaru

            @chicken_and_rofls:disqus I’m not in denial about anything I’m sorry I don’t see the whole thing in your view because I don’t see the characters as a child at all the first time I play this game and go like ‘oh this is a game for pedo’s”. Oh wait no I’m not because I see the game nothing more so I’ll assume you are the ass hat who flagged me because I don’t agree with you and spoke out on something that I found odd at best but w/e GG.

  • Herok ♞

    Question I hated the first game because of battle system but, I am still interested in the series so is Mk2 a huge improvement?

    • Stranger On The Road

       according to the feedback I received when I asked the same question: it is a huge improvement and -more importantly- it doesn’t depend on the 1st game.

      there is already the assumption that the 3rd game won’t depend on the 1st 2 as well, it will use the same character (plus more) but that is about it.

    • http://twitter.com/salarta salarta

      The battle system in mk2 is definitely a huge improvement. It’s actually fun to play, and also it’s not just a simple “put all the goddesses in your party, make them go CPU mode and murder everything” situation anymore. In fact, most of the time I never used the goddesses’ CPU forms, and my party was mostly non-goddesses.

      Also you can use healing items and spells on your turns at any time as long as you have the points for it. No more of this crap where you have to adjust percentages of activation to do something as simple as use a potion.

      • Herok ♞

        thanks I guess I will give the series a second chance once I payoff all my game preorders.

  • http://kanpekijan.blogspot.com/ KanpekiJan

    I just love Black Heart’s new design. Noire should have had twin tails in her goddess form in the first two games, as well. :3

  • Zenkito

    Not only is the game looking really good, but to know there is going to be an equally as awesome musical score for the game is awesome news! :D Can’t wait to play it!

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    *Ahem*

    HOOOOLLEEEEEESHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT

  • MrRobbyM

    No interest in the game until I heard this news.

    *looks at screenshots*

    At least they’re subtle about the fan service.

  • Darkrise

    I’m getting more hyped about this game! But we probably have to wait till next year to get it in NA… Whatever, I have the screenshots to amaze me.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/xxHiryuuxx Rulue

    My wallet just made a death wail when I clicked on this link.

    • boundries_san

      ….. Does we people on Siliconera even had any wallet anymore lol?

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/xxHiryuuxx Rulue

         If I’ve got bills to pay to keep myself afloat from living on my own, I had best.

        Still doesn’t change the fact it’s got x’s for eyes now.

      • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

        We do… But we tend to forget them when we’re looking at something like this…

      • AzureNova

        Yes, but they all just committed suicide after reading this post.

      • Luna Kazemaru

         I do but mine tries to kill me.

      • Raharu95

        Yes… But mines needs substenance

  • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

    Nobuo Uematsu is one of the last people I can imagine taking part in this series… First a popular game designer, then a former Xbox division manager, and now a famous music composer???

    What’s with Compile Heart putting these people into this niche series.. I don’t know anymore but that doesn’t mean I’ll go back my preorder promise…

    • zazza345

       Technically speaking Uematsu worked on an IF otome game, if I recall. So it isn’t really shocking.

      • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

        Let’s just say this game is different than any otome game… especially the fanservice…

        • zazza345

           And? Would that be a problem?

    • Kefkiroth

      Uematsu has always been a famous music composer; composed all the music of Final Fantasy I-IX (had some assistance on X).

  • AzureNova

    Okay now, this is just insane! No one can tell me that Neptunia V isnt going to be an amazing game. First came the screens, the new characters looks, the upgraded graphics, bad ass looking Pururoot and Iris Heart, and now Nobuo Uematsu is working on the game and most likely making some epic music for it. Yezzir, when Neptunia V drops, AzureNova will probably be M.I.A. for a while =^_^=

    • Luna Kazemaru

       Luna will be on stand by to revive you.

      • Raharu95

        I’ll restore your HP to the max, if you don’t mind

      • AzureNova

        Yay for Luna! <3 =^_^=

  • WingsOfEternity

    I never had an interest in this series till now.

  • Nitraion

    Former maker rejoin!!! haha
    My mk2 copy is on the way though

  • Neko Kawaii

    I hope this games worth it. The games look eye catching and 3D etc but its mostly reused things and recolour in the game. The reason you only walk in dungeons is prob due to them not wanting you to get bored of going to the same dungeon over and over. I still buy the series regardless. I always play halfway then get bored, same with Atelier series. Does this game have a low budget or something?

  • Natat

    Holy… now this just became a must have, my god.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mibu-Kyoshiro/100002723651942 Mibu Kyoshiro

    Agarest and this, I just love Compile Heart, I think currently they’re my favourite game developers ^^

  • Spider-Man

    Sweet Jesus have mercy…

  • http://twitter.com/#!/kaishou Kaishou

    uh dear lord!

  • Barrit

    This is really good news! I just started Neptunia 1 last night and I didn’t like the music so far lol. I was thinking how I hoped the music in Mk2 (which I’m playing next) was a lot better. Now I read this about V.. definitely a step in the right direction!

    The graphics for Nep. 1 also look a tad bit worse than Trinity Universe in my opinion, so I can’t wait to get into Nep 2 (base on what I’ve seen) and then these screenshots of V.. good lord. Talk about leaps and bounds of a difference for each installment. Also, judging from that screenshot of Iris Heart.. I forgot who posted it before, but whoever made that prediction about her is looking to be spot on.

    • Quinton Cunningham

      2 is better in every possible way.

  • Raharu95

    O_o wow. This secures even more that one day buy for me

  • Bio_liquid

    First they take my money and my innocence… and now.. They want my faith..

    TAKE IT ALLL!!!

  • http://ggftw.com/forum/ Monkey_T

    It looks like they’re putting honest effort into making this game.
    I might consider getting it.

  • s07195

    Should probably start with mk2, then go play this. Is there an English version with Japanese voices (though it doesn’t matter too much to me)? If not, then I guess I’ll play the JP version and try hone my Japanese up a bit (still learning different adjectives though, so probably won’t understand all). Guess the kanji and katakana will help me out~

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001275180571 Tyler IrieSekine Ferreira

      There is a Japanese voice option, yes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/patrick.fernandez.58 Patrick Fernandez

    Good bye black ops 2 and helllooo Neptunia V

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