Neptunia Victory DLC Makes Compa Playable, Adds True Ending Epilogue

By Spencer . September 26, 2012 . 4:20am

imageCompile Heart, of course, has a bunch of downloadable content planned for Hyperdimension Netpunia Victory. The first batch is slated for release on October 11 and Dengeki PlayStation reports there is an event that continues the game from the "True Ending." This quest is recommended for players above level 200.

 

Compa who appears as a baby in Hyperdimension Neptunia V can join the party via downloadable content. The magazine says this is First Generation Compa-chan, so she might be a little different from the Compa we know. Compile Heart also has school uniform DLC costumes planned.

 

Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory is slated for release in spring 2013 in North America and Europe.


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  • WyattEpp

    Wait, the ending is DLC?  Seriously?  Any word on whether it’s free?  If it isn’t that’s probably the most skeevy of underhanded things I can imagine doing with downloadable content.

    • s07195

      Not ending, it’s an extra event.

      • WyattEpp

        When it’s called “the True Ending”, it’s rather difficult to draw any other conclusion, but that’s petty semantics.  More importantly, I don’t see any way this has non-ugly implications.  For the last 25+ years, it was taken as given that a player who faithfully forks over their 7300 Yen should at least expect they have the “True Ending” as part of the retail package.  DLC has, it seems, changed this.  You’re free to call it “optional”, but that doesn’t change the nature of the double indignity imparted on the player: 1) They must manually seek it out (possibly involving a cession of private data to register with the relevant gatekeeper), and 2) cannot expect any sort of equivalent indemnity in the event the download service is discontinued.  Moreover, it may not be free, which opens a whole new can of otaku-exploitation worms.  Like I said, this is skeevy.

        • Fire.fire.kun

           The word you are ignoring is “epilogue.”

          • WyattEpp

            Because it’s a superfluous word. Calling it an “epilogue” doesn’t change its fundamental nature.  (In fact, in literary canon, calling it that would generally create the expectation that it’s more substantial, not less.)  But again, that’s just words to paper over the real problem; e.g. the psychology they’re exploiting here.

          • http://momentsreprieve.com/index/ Aushria

            Supposedly it’s free, and comes with an extra character— if you don’t like that, get over it. Plus the ending was open ended, so a continuation of SOME SORT was highly likely.

          • Muffum

            MizuMikomi, who’s saying that it’s free and comes with an extra character? I’m not going to believe something like that without hard proof, considering how ridiculous Compile Heart generally is with its DLC.

            You’re also saying “if you don’t like that, get over it,” which is essentially saying, “Well if you don’t like it, don’t read/play/watch/buy it!” That’s not defending the company’s practices at all; that’s just telling anyone who disagrees to not voice their opinion. So, no criticism allowed, and Compile Heart is free to continue doing this kind of thing?

            And the part of this being okay because the ending was open ended: Asura’s Wrath’s ending was extremely open ended, Capcom released true ending DLC, and people got mad. Are people not supposed to get mad at Compile Heart for doing the exact same thing in this scenario?

          • Arrei

            Are you serious?

            How is the word “epilogue” superfluous?

            Read the article.

            The true ending is ALREADY IN THE GAME. The epilogue is a short story taking place AFTER the true end. That’s what “epilogue” means…

          • WyattEpp

            Arrei, the epilogue of a work is the ending.  This isn’t something you can change by rationalising.  Try cutting out the final chapter of pretty much every book you’ve ever read.  Or the final scene of every film you’ve ever watched.  Is that in some way unclear? 

            But again (and this is the actual important point): What’s really not clear is why people are defending this.  “There’s a true ending that you have, but there’s more after that that’s also the true ending, but you don’t get that even though you bought the game. In fact, we hadn’t even made it yet, so you couldn’t have known what you were getting into in advance.”  Does that really not sound absurd?  How is this not offensive to our collective sensibilities as discerning consumers?  Is it because it may not have a monetary cost?  Is it just a fandom thing?

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/5UFEVTPDTXD33NSMUFMX4TEAMQ Mike

            WyattEpp, Incorrect theres an established ending seen as the true end the DLC is kinda what happened after which is completely optional(It’s just some Fanservicey thing you can do without, In other words It’s nothing like taking out the Final chapter of a book which purpose is to wrap up the story as a True ending) So no your examples are completely off.

          • Arrei

            Your stance appears to be based on the idea that having an epilogue means the “end” that came before the epilogue wasn’t really the ending, and the epilogue is there to “really end” the story.

            That may be the case for a story that has an epilogue planned the entire time. The main problem is taken care of in the “end” chapter and the epilogue wraps up what they do after. In this situation, where the so-called “epilogue” is actually the ending, you’d be right. It’d be like if you defeated the final boss, the characters are happy, and the game ends right there without showing the victory celebration and other stuff that typically follows defeating the big bad.

            But the difference here is, this is not that situation, and not that kind of epilogue. It may use the same term, being a story that takes place after the main conflict is resolved, but the content from the first type of “epilogue”, wrapping up the story after defeating the big bad and saving the day, is already rolled into the “ending”. This means this epilogue is an entirely extra story, an addendum to the story that was already ended. They are both considered epilogues, but they are quite different in contents.

        • 9thsage

          I thought the same as you at first, then I re-read it.  It’s some kind of event that continues the story past the “True Ending”.

    • SirTeffy

       “…That continues the story past ‘The True Ending’…”
      …Nope, just a playable Epilogue, much like the Lunar games.

  • malek86

    I thought they were only gonna have extra events and dungeons as DLC, not story parts. Uhm. Oh well, I guess they noticed they can get away with it.

  • LustEnvy

    I don’t like where this is headed. ME3 and FFXIII-2 have started a trend…

    • Luna Kazemaru

       its not an ending its after the ending the true ending is already in the game since I already got the plat for the game.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/5UFEVTPDTXD33NSMUFMX4TEAMQ Mike

        If you don’t mind me asking, how difficult is the plat for this game?(I’d like it if it was a little hard unlike the first 2)

        • Luna Kazemaru

           It wasn’t to hard honestly the longest one to get is to get 99 and get all the monster data.

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/5UFEVTPDTXD33NSMUFMX4TEAMQ Mike

            ah I see thanks for the info. :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Humzah-Jan/100001147084979 Humzah Jan

      No they didn’t. Neptunia games have had DLC in them for a while.

      They’ve just had DLC to continue the game now. It’s kinda like an expansion.

      • Muffum

        Yeah, I’m just gonna leave this here.

        • Luna Kazemaru

           The point of this seeing how that really doesn’t apply.

          • Muffum

            The game has planned story DLC, how does it not apply?

          • Luna Kazemaru

             Ok story dlc that in no way will effect’s the true ending. What is the problem here?

          • Muffum

            How does it not affect it? It expands upon it, meaning that anyone who doesn’t get it will be missing information of the ending. By that same logic, you could argue that there’s nothing wrong with the ending DLC for Asura’s Wrath because it does the exact same thing.

          • Luna Kazemaru

            Please do not come at me with that I already beat the game at 100% they aren’t going to miss anything most likely. Asura’s wrath and this game aren’t the same thing seeing as they CUT the ending.

            Knowing the game it will be just more fanservice.

            Edit: also there is a differences between asura’s wrath NepV is the cut the ending midway so no its not the same thing.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Humzah-Jan/100001147084979 Humzah Jan

          …?

          • Muffum

            “It’s kinda like an expansion.”

            Yes, an expansion that was planned since before the game was released and will probably cost extra.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Humzah-Jan/100001147084979 Humzah Jan

            So? it’s free.

            Now developers can’t think of stuff before hand?

          • Muffum

            People keep saying that it’ll probably be free or will definitely be free without backing that up at all. What source is saying this?

            And it’d be better if developers didn’t do so, because what about those people who don’t have their PS3 connected to the internet or otherwise can’t connect? Even ignoring that, there’s the issue of making consumers wait for content that could have been available at launch.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Humzah-Jan/100001147084979 Humzah Jan

            Then it sucks for those people who don’t have internet? It was deemed optional because it is after the game ends.

            Famitsu, most likely.

          • Muffum

            We’re obviously not going to agree on this, so I’m just going to end on this: how do they benefit by excluding those people? What point is there to that, other than potentially alienating consumers?

            And if you don’t even know the source saying that it’s free, why are you touting it as fact? I’d rather believe Compile Heart’s previous company policy than some source nobody’s willing to actually link to.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Humzah-Jan/100001147084979 Humzah Jan

            It’s clearly not a major issue for them. It’s a general minority considering how they continue. It’s a small medium to them. I’m not saying I think it is- but why else would they continue with it?

            Since this came out a night after Famitsu- I’m assuming that’s where this came from and that’s why people are saying it.

            To add to it, I’m not disagreeing with you. I understand as in many cases- this is wrong. But I feel the content that compile heart releases regarding the Neptunia series is pretty small in content and it’s priced fairly- but dungeons are free if I remember so that backs it up, I think. If I’m wrong on it being free- then so be it. I just think It isn’t as harmful. Specifically this.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000619126996 Emma R Hill

           Pretty much how it is now. :(

    • https://twitter.com/RaiohV Raioh

      FFXIII-2 never had a true ending DLC, the ending is in the game. ME3′s ending was in the game as well, it’s just people bugged the company enough for them to make another ending as DLC.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dylan-Ng/100000854638739 Dylan Ng

    That screenshot seems oddly appropriate lol.

  • Nitraion

    Hmm if its free then its no problem…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000619126996 Emma R Hill

       I doubt it will be free. :( But you never know~

  • Leon_Tekashi

    Wow…I read the title wrong at first glance. When it said “DLC” and “True ending” I thought of FF13-2…Then I read the article and was like “Oh!” Seriously, Compile Heart, don’t pull a FF13-2….

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Humzah-Jan/100001147084979 Humzah Jan

      Since when did FFXIII-2 give it’s true ending as DLC? what?..

      Anyway, good stuff. Glad there’s something to play and continue after.

      • Leon_Tekashi

        Really…Damn my sources sometimes. *facepalms*

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Humzah-Jan/100001147084979 Humzah Jan

          These sources need to be eradicated. D: 

    • 果林

       i paid for some FF13-2 dlc and i never got my true ending whts your secret?!?! lolol

    • Barrit

      I thought that was Asura’s Wrath?

  • 果林

    lol well least this lets me play some more after plat, and people need to read carefully it says TRUE ENDING EPILOGUE

  • AndyFe

     I don’t know how I feel about this because Compa should of just been playable from the get go, I know she has a different role in this game but still having to potentially pay for a character that has been a regular in the series doesn’t sit right for me. I get the feeling they are going to do that with other characters 

    • Luna Kazemaru

       she was a baby in the game >.> and you 9 playable characters in the game so yeah this dlc is fine.

      • AndyFe

         Yea I know but I thought I read that she grew up as you played, I figured that she would be playable eventually, I could be wrong.

        9 playable characters is enough yes but the last game had 13 without DLC

        • Luna Kazemaru

           they grew up but I don’t want to throw spoilers out unless you played the game.

          • AndyFe

            ahh I see, thanks for the no spoilers. I have tried to read as little as possible in terms of story. 

  • LETS PRAY FOR LOCALIZATION

    This kind of DLC i do not like…. but by the time it releases i will be done with the game and will probably not bother.

    • http://epiclyamazing.wordpress.com/ AzureNova

      Why not just wait until the DLC comes out to play the game? =)

  • Godmars

    True endings via DLC is a trend that needs to stop before it begins. 

    Sadly if a game is actually good or even just appeals to the fanbase, there’s no real way to stop the practice. Its only going to continue.

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

      Wherever is this true ending DLC you talk of? 

      • Godmars

        “continues the game from the “True Ending.””
        …Damnit

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SmoBvg-etU

        Yeah, give me a while with this one…

        • 果林

          You do know its just a way for them to connect the new neptunia game that is going to be released in 2013 ?

          • kupomogli

            ..and to make more money off the suckers.

          • raymk

            Why they gotta be suckers mang?  You cant sucker people who know wht they are getting into.

          • 果林

             might as well say the entire game industry is a way to make money off suckers

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

          :D

    • Luna Kazemaru

       This is what happens when everyone just reads the title only.

      • Godmars

         Or reads the whole thing once.

        The only reason I’m suspicious is that ever since DLC’s come into play, NIS has added epilog chapters to titles like Disgaea, who stories tend more towards slice of life rather than end of/save world. And they’re involved with this.

        Granted, end of/save world tends to be involved in a plot, but such is usually a light hearted foot note to a main theme, which is character development.  

        • Arrei

          Before the advent of DLC, NIS did the same by releasing updated rereleases of the games with extra story modes and chapters. They’ve always been extra content, but the difference is now you don’t need to buy a game you already own another time just to see the new stuff.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jared.pratt.96 Jared Pratt

      Emphasis on the word epilogue. The true ending itself is not dlc…

  • https://twitter.com/RaiohV Raioh

    For now I’m just looking forward to the western release, I can think of DLC after that. IF is also DLC I assume?

  • Mister_Nep

    Does first generation Compa mean smaller breasts?

  • http://epiclyamazing.wordpress.com/ AzureNova

    So happy we will see this soon. Hyperdimension Neptunia is indeed a Victorious series! =^_^=

  • http://epiclyamazing.wordpress.com/ AzureNova

    ……….damn double post lol

    • AnimeRemix

      Talk about a triple wazu post…

      • http://epiclyamazing.wordpress.com/ AzureNova

        Disqus was giving me problems this morning. It was probably because it wasn’t my home computer that I was using lol =P

  • http://epiclyamazing.wordpress.com/ AzureNova

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! lol

  • raymk

    Really can’t wait for this game to come out.  School uniform costumes huh? Surprised they didn’t have them already but I don’t mind as long as they all look different and or not the sailor type uniforms.  They can call me when they get bunnygirl costumes and then i’ll buy all the DLC for this.

  • Arrei

    So many people aren’t reading the article correctly…

    Please, before you comment, the true end is not the DLC, the true end is already in the game, and the DLC is going to take place after that ending.

    • IshimaruKaito

      im glad u said something!!!

  • IshimaruKaito

    COMPA!! *sigh* my life is COMPLETE!!!

  • Herok♞

    I am ok with DLC that expands a game, like this because it would be nice to see what happens after a ending of  a game, a good example of this is FF13-2 because all the Lighting dlc did was show us light’s point of view of the last events while leaving the ending in the game for everyone to see. 

  • http://momentsreprieve.com/index/ Aushria

    For starters, people, it’s an Epilogue. V has three endings, the best of which being the True ending— this DLC is NOT for the true ending, it is an event continuation based after it.

    It’s also not kid Compa, It’s Complie, you know the yellowed haired girl with the bunny ears from Mk2′s Graveyard? That’s what 1st Generation Compa is. Kid IF and Compa were confirmed as separate DLC via famitsu a few weeks ago, this current reveal is just “Compile”.

    I’d post up the scan, but I know how much people are against that here. =/

  • http://strictlyapathy.comoj.com/ SoulArbiter

    A Compa is fine too (personally, I’d have preferred an IF).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hector-Gomez/614956949 Hector Gomez

    Mother of Gamindustry!

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