Change History In Neptunia V To Change Your CPU Powers

By Spencer . May 20, 2012 . 3:05pm

imageNeptunia V takes place in the 1980s, technically before any of the other games in the series. You still play as Neptune and the story begins when she travels through time back to the past.


Neptune has the power to change history and certain events change what abilities the CPUs get. Players can also design costumes for the console goddesses using the game’s Costume Canvas feature.


One of the main new features in Neptunia V is the game’s informant system. When you talk to the citizens of Gamindustri you can choose to believe them or not. Your decision changes how the game progresses and may alter items or unlock a dungeon.


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

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  • Givemeblood…Nyaa

    This series get better and better with each installment.

    • Muffum

      Not that your claim is inaccurate, but I’d say it’s rather overstated. After all, the only games released thus far have been the original and Mk. 2, and the original was not a difficult game to surpass.

      Neptunia V seems to be even better than Mk. 2, that’s true, but I’d refrain from judging until it’s actually been released, and I think Mk. 2 was only ever really okay, so it’s also not that difficult to surpass.

  • =O Will I meet the grand elders of all game systems?! Masters Ping and Pong?! Lol I kid,I kid, but yeah can’t wait for it dood!

  • Muffum

    I really hope that this mechanic ends up playing a significant role instead of changing, say, one or two abilities; the Neptunia series has never fared well with innovation.

    The first tried to do things differently than the norm and was an abomination for it; the second was a much more standard RPG, but fared all the better for it. Here’s hoping that the developers can make innovations that don’t end up just being frustrating again.

  • SirTeffy

    YES! All the Goddesses get Costume Canvas this time! <3

  • AnimeRemix


    All this news on Neptunia V is getting me more excited for a US/EU release!

    >Neptune has the power to change history and certain events change what abilities the CPUs get.
    >When you talk to the citizens of Gamindustri you can choose to believe them or not. Your decision changes how the game progresses and may alter items or unlock a dungeon.

    Pretty interesting right there. Neptune having the power to change history with certain events kinda remind me of the Lily System in Mk2, but also having your decisions alter items/unlock dungeons really seem cool. =D

  • Darkrise

    FUUUUUU!!! Why can’t we have an international release!?

    • Raharu95

      What are you talking about? Nisa is more than likely going to localize this.

      • xXDGFXx

        I was thinking more along the lines of simultaneous release.

      • Darkrise

        Exactly what xXDGFXx said. Cuz you know we’re going to be waiting for a year till we get Neptunia V in NA.

        • I don’t think this series has the popularity to justify such an effort.

          •  Dude we got the second game and seeing from the first one i doubt anyone thought we would get it…have some faith~

    • Luna Kazemaru

      *already has her preorder set for the JP version*

      • FitzpatrickPhillips

        I’d do that but you can’t have Neptune without Melissa Fahn. I’ll just buy Ayesha and Digimon Re:Digitize to hold me over until Neptune V gets localized.

        • Luna Kazemaru

           I’ll be buying it when it gets localized to lol.

        • Yes! Digimon!

  • ivanchu77

    “Your decision changes how the game progresses and may alter items or unlock a dungeon”

    Great idea, that motivates multiples playthroughs much more than just a different ending.

    This game is looking really great, so much Hype!!!


  • Raharu95

    • Luna Kazemaru

      Lol I wanted to reply to his comment but I just left it alone I’m just waiting on lol tree fail to tell me I lack common sense again with bad grammar. Tho didn’t have to flag the comment just.

      • boundries_san

        It seems Neptunia thread is always filled with this kind of people lol.*facepalm*

        • Luna Kazemaru

           It comes with anything that has to deal with IF/CH some people get mad because these games from them come over and x game they like doesn’t come.

          • Raharu95

            Ah well. So there is a reason for their bashing after all. Still does not excuse their bashing for a series and company that ain’t bad

    • Luna Kazemaru

      It’s a sad reason I know.

      • Raharu95

        *nods slowly*

  • Luna Kazemaru

    SO I guess this got Hype dog’s approval heh heh.

    • Darkrise

      • Luna Kazemaru


  • xXDGFXx

    Such a shame there are people ignorant as you.

  • usagi_san

    I was interested in the series but never got in to it. Now, I definitely need to get this one – I will change the history of gaming! 

    A mere choice leads to a change in abilities, to believe in the citizens or  Gameindustri or not leads to changes in items and the unlocking of dungeons.

    All I can say is… Mi dinero es su dinero. (Correct me if my Spanish is wrong.)    

  • The power to change dungeons,items, and History is in Neptune’s hand! What could go wrong? XD

    But anyways the game get better and better the more info we get.

    • Luna Kazemaru

      What can go wrong? DO you really want a list?

      • MrSargent

        Just thinking about it I’m dying from laughter

        • Raharu95

          Indeed XP

      • EusisLandale

         Well, I’m pretty sure that the bad end will be accidentally erasing the goddesses from the timeline entirely. We can start with that for a list of what could go wrong.

        • Luna Kazemaru

           Lol oh boy knowing her yeah…

      • Hm you know thinking about it now yeah a lot could go wrong I forget this is Neptune were talking about.



  • “design outfits using costume canvas”

    dere iz no way dat could possibly be used ta do somefin’ creepy like i know some o’ humiez do.

    Humie Translator Robot:……..i don’t know whats more disturbing, the fact i agree with him, or the fact that the ork knows what sarcasm is.

  • AzureNova

    This was already my favorite and most looked forward to game to be released in the not too distant future, and now I want it even more. Our favorite purple goddess has done it again! It looks like this time she will have some competition with Pururoot though this time around lol =^_^=

  • Nitraion

    Lol been playing mk2 like crazy even though the game feel like half assed game but the battle system surprisely addictive XD and who said the story of Nepunia 1 and mk2 not related it seem related to me lol XD and i don’t play 1 because of battle system anyways looking forward for this game hope they don’t revert battle system to original.. 

  • Croix

    Okay, I’m just going to throw this out there (again, as I’ve likely said something along these lines before): Neptunia is a series which is really earning a ‘most improvement’ award for itself with each installment. The third game isn’t out yet, but form the looks of it, the developers behind it are really learning a lot with each release, and it looks like they’re taking special care to make each game more enjoyable than the one before it. Honestly, this series doesn’t have the kind of dev budget a high profile title would have by any means, which limits a lot of what can be done, but in the end, when the creators are primarily trying to make a game that is enjoyable to play, that’s a boon to the gamers.

    It’s hard to say that the first game wasn’t riddled with problems. So many facets of the game in general felt rather bare overall, and the pace of the gameplay was crawling along the whole way. It’s fortunate that the concepts were fresh enough to warrant continuation into a sequel. The second game had a much, much improved take on the flow of gameplay, and while not meant to be taken too seriously (being a parody), it was nice to see that the story had a lot more presence the second time around. The world itself felt a lot more developed as well, and I hope to see these trends of improvement carry on into V.

    • xXDGFXx

      Honestly, I find that these developers have put more efforts into improving their sequels than most others. They’re not big and super popular internationally and raking in all the money, but they’ve managed to make their games enjoyable under such limitations to audiences native and foreign. Although their games have flaws, they include some interesting content to keep you going whether it be gameplay mechanics, exploration, or interaction.

      • Sequels are supposed to fix their predecessors’ flaws and build on them. There are a lot of other series which does that too; not just this series, and especially not only this series.

        • Raharu95

          But there is also many series whosesequel add little to not inprovement or completely change their original concept for the worse. They are just lauding Neptunia for doing a good job, not glorifiying as the only series that improves with each interaction

          • Like I said, fixing the flaws is what sequels are supposed to do. Some series don’t do that, I know; all that means in those cases is that their developers don’t have the priorities straight. If polishing is not among the major priorities, a game has lower chance to be/become good.

            In the case of Neptunia, I don’t doubt that the second game was improved; pretty obvious from the fact that the first game had a lot of factors to fix. The second game climbing back up from that nosedive is certainly a step up to be acknowledged, but on a larger quality scale compared to other titles in the industry, that’s still not saying much. Don’t be blind to the big picture – that’s all I’m saying.

          • Croix

            You’re right of course, but what I was wanting point out is how this series is (relatively) keeping up in a market of games with much, much bigger budgets. I just think it’s impressive/admirable that they are putting in a great deal of effort to make the games more fun (supposing of course that the third game is another step in the right direction; we have yet to see though). There are just as many cases out there, even for games with bigger budgets, where the ‘problems are fixed’, but the games somehow end up losing what makes them fun to play to start with.

            Disclaimer: ‘fun’ is a relative concept and differs person to person, so I’m going to avoid naming anything in particular in order to prevent the inevitable squabble that would occur otherwise.

            I guess the real key here is that I feel these games are approaching something I would consider an ideal form of fun for video games, which involves making the most of the media they are. Maybe it’s influence form all the Gust games I’ve grown to love for truly making the most of their own limited resources.

          • Raharu95

            I can agree to that

  • OverlordZetta

    IIII’m confused  wasn’t it already confirmed that this takes place in another universe? So it’ not eally… changing history or anything.

    • xXDGFXx

      I’m sorry, what? Do you understand the concept of history?

      • If it’s about changing history, shouldn’t they have said “alternate timeline”? “Alternate universe” means the original one’s history and character statuses don’t matter in that one.

  • Looking forward to this one. Thouh I wont bebuying it. I got a friend for that.

  • zazza345

    I’d like to point out that most of this information comes either from last week Dengeki Playstation and a retailer description (especially the costume canvas one). Wouldn’t be bad to cite sources, sometimes….
    Besides, the informant/observer system (doesn’t have an English name) refers to specific sub-characters that have certain key stats, and can level up/down according to the info they recover.

  • Bio_liquid

    We can play dress up with them now…..? (If it includes their main body)

    They honestly want me to give me to them entirely!

  • Nerroth
  • You know, Neptunia never really interested me, but with all the news about it lately has given me a certain urge to own it as soon as possible…!

  • Okay… I’m interested in seeing how this turns out. I’m ready for it to fumble big time, though.

  • next neptunia should have Apple inc trying to destroy or take over gamindustry lolz. 

  • Zoozbuh

    If anyone’s not sure about this franchise, or tried the first one and was completely turned off… Just give mk2 (the sequel) a try, and you most likely won’t regret it. That game was awesome for me, and unlike the first installment, I could actually stand to go back and replay it a couple times to get more achievements..

    Some of the new features in Neptunia V sound really cool as well, like they’re finally trying to add some unique gameplay– The games were good for their stories anyway, but this one might convert a few more people to this kind of game ;)

  • Zoozbuh

    Also, I hope the story focuses a bit more on the main goddesses this time, or just introdudes a bunch of new characters altogether. I didn’t mind the “little sisters”, but Nepgear’s voice got pretty grating for me (SO MUCH FAKE), and ‘Rom and Ram’ had no appeal whatsoever :/

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