Summon Night Developers Talk About Developing The Neptunia Remake

By Sato . August 16, 2013 . 12:00pm


Summon Night developers Felistella are currently working with Compile Heart to develop Hyperdimension Neptunia; Birth 1, a PlayStation Vita remake of Hyperdimension Neptunia. Felistella CEO Takayuki Kinoshita and vice president Yasuo Morifuji talk about their progress in a Game Watch interview.


Game Watch start the Hyperdimension Neptunia remake talks by asking what kind of game one can expect from Felistella.



“When you play it on the PlayStation Vita, you’ll think ‘woah’,” says Morifujii. “While we did give it a little touch-up, it feels as if it was already made just for the Vita, as there aren’t any feelings of discomfort, and not to mention its very high quality.”


“The development staff are putting serious effort into it,” adds Kinoshita. “Originally, the data was from a non-portable console. We’re currently developing it to give it an acceptable appearance, while enhancing its playability, even if it’s a little at a time.”


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Felistella are putting a considerable amount of effort into the smaller details, and Kinoshita feels that this a good thing, but it also has its drawbacks as well.



“No matter how you put it, we’re still only three stages in,” says Kinoshita, as he expresses his thoughts on how he  feels they are under more pressure for the remake. “Our top priority is to deliver the best possible product to the players.”


“We will look at the [sales] figures. But that is our lowest priority,” adds Morifuji.


“In the end, whether Felistella develops console or mobile games, I want it to be a company that produces games that make people want to try them out because of how fun they look. That’s something that hasn’t changed since the start of this company,” explains Kinoshita.


Morifuji shares, “It’s crucial for games to be developed thoroughly. And that’s where Felistella shines.”


Finally, Kinoshita shares a message for fans:


“To the fans out there, I’d like to make a product that will please all of you. Using that concept as a base, I’d like to further expand its hardware [availability]. We’re looking forward to  having even just a few more people enjoy our games thanks to the more readily available devices.”


Hyperdimension Neptunia Re:Birth 1 will be available in Japan on October 31.


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  • Andrew Arndt

    can´t wait for the this ;D

  • Randgriz

    i hope this gets localised, seriously i want this in my hands – literally

    • TheExile285

      Unless Demon Gaze and Danganronpa HD bomb (I don’t think they will), we should get this sometime next year along with D4:Return.

  • I like that they actually care about the consumers.

    • Manzoku

      They probably also like money, which is OK since I’m ready to give them some. :D

    • Tyler Beale

      Unlike the big publishers – Capcom, Square Enix, Activision, EA, etc….

      • TheExile285

        I’ve noticed that a lot lately. With smaller publishers like Atlus, XSEED, Arksys, etc. it seems like they actually care about their consumers.

        • Zero_Destiny

          The nice thing about today is that through social networking avenues there is a strong connection between publishers and their consumer base. It’s certainly something I’m thankful for.

        • Kami nii

          Yes thats true and Its actually a very smart business decision by the smaller company like atlus having their fans believe in the company will attract a lot of money and fans give their full support its a mutual relationship between two parties and it brings out GOOD GAMES.

        • Neppygear


          • TheExile285

            Let me guess. Gonna whine about no dual audio in some of their games? Smh

          • XiaomuArisu

            Which is sad.
            Atlus uses very good dub

          • Neppygear

            Goodness, no. I genuinely don’t mind that, since I usually play games dubbed, anyway.

            I’m just a bitter European who either never gets their games, or gets them really late, or gets them really late and with awful PAL conversion. It’s a thing.

  • Presea

    I hope this get localized. :D I’m really glad the first Hyperdimension Neptunia gets a remake, because the first one really needs a tune-up. This is going to be really exciting!

  • ZekeFreek

    I don’t necessarily think they can fix every problem the first game had…

    • Tyler Beale

      Well, CH ain’t the ones developing it, so….

      CH releases HN
      Gamers: BOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
      CH releases HNmk2
      Gamers: Uh…Yay!!!!!!
      CH releases HNV
      Gamers: YAY!!!!!!!

      CH: Okay, so let’s fix that BOOOOOOO by getting someone else to remake HN1 for the PS Vita!

      • ZekeFreek

        You are missing all their other shit. I haven’t played HNV yet, but I’m still of the belief the best thing they’ve ever made was Mugen Souls, and even that was pretty disappointing.

        • Tyler Beale

          I know…I’m just talking about the Neptunia games, not Agarest, Mugen, or anything like that.

          Speaking of which, on last night’s episode of Hyperdimension Neptunia, I could’ve sworn I saw a hint of Mugen Souls (Z?) gameplay footage (I never actually played the game)…

    • TheExile285

      yee of little faith :/

  • DesmaX

    I think he’s praising his work a bit too much

    I understand wanting to make a good game, but saying “OMG IT WILL BE SO AWESOME GUISE” don’t make me very secure…

    • Guest

      It’s not like he was going to say “well, what we are doing is not this OMG, but it’s okay. Buy it anyway we want money”, it’s marketing.
      Look at other games which were said to be OMGAWESOME in trailers and dev interviews and reviewers gave them bad tests.

      • DesmaX

        I understand perfectly that they say that they want to make a good game. You see companies saying “we want to make the best experience possible”.

        But, hell, saying “That’s where our company shines”l is just too much

        • Guest

          Maybe it will turn out the Neptunia Remake being the best game ever. : D
          Joke aside, I forgot this part of the interview. Well, it is a matter of point of view.

  • chibiwall

    I love those guys <3

  • TheExile285

    Your move NISA

  • Keko

    I’ll buy the Limited Edition of this game if NISA releases it.

    I don’t even have a Vita.

    • Tyler Beale

      Lol why?

      • Leon_Tekashi

        To support the series and the company of course.

        • Keko

          This, and because I’ll probably get a Vita next year, since it’s getting so many good JRPGs.

          The first game has a special place in my heart; it’s the first one I played, it’s the one that made me love the Nepuverse and the one that made me throw my controller at the TV because Compa can’t heal a thing, even with 100%.

      • Raltrios

        I bought a Collector’s Edition of Tales of Xillia and I don’t even have a PS3.


  • Demeanor

    It’s really quite interesting to see a different sw house working on a (much needed) remake, I wonder if they’ll reproduce the Victory feeling faithfully or they’ll use the system as a base and add their own modifications and changes to it. I wonder how free the Felistella guys are in that respect. And since we’re here, no one to localize Summon Night someday? :D

  • AxionAzure

    In NISA we trust.

  • cyberkinghardy

    Hello. I’m new to this game. Just gonna ask if the previous HN were localized? And how long did it take to get localized? Cause if it takes more than a year, I’ll prolly get the jap version of this..

  • Zonron

    i always wanted to play this game, so this will be sweet to play

  • This will be one of the best remakes =^_^=

    *Looks at NISA* :3

  • Raltrios

    I already plan to get a Vita thanks to Demon Gaze (I can pick up P4G and that Gravity game too to justify it), but if this comes over it’ll make it sooo much more worth it, as the moment I get a PS3 I’ve been planning to get the whole series. But I’d much rather have this than the original first game from the sounds of things.

  • Neppygear

    This will most likely get localised, NIS aren’t one to randomly miss out on a game in their (relatively profitable) franchises.

    At any rate, I’m buying this. I require it.

  • Weroth

    After playing Summon Night 5, I think they are in good hands system-wise.

  • LastationLover5000

    If this isn’t localised I will STILL friggin’ buy it. Now it’s just matter of whether I get to understand the dialogue or not

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