All For One, One For All? The Idolmaster Expanding With New Game

By Eugene . November 9, 2013 . 9:30am

 

 

Namco Bandai keeps bringing them out but they’ll never get tired. That’s the beauty of a virtual idol, I suppose. Case in point: The Idolm@ster: One For All coming is to the PlayStation 3. The game will feature the 13 main idols from 765 Production, a new storyline , new music of course and a whole pile of new clothes and accessories to dress your chosen favorite girl up.

 

The trailer above shows off the new theme song “Only My Note” alongside the pretty nifty good morning greetings from the girls at the start.

 

No word on when it’ll be out exactly, but we’ll keep you posted. For those who aren’t too sure and have somehow managed to entirely miss what this massive series has been about, it’s pretty much an idol management simulation.

 

While it might have music rhythm versions or a social media card game and even its own dedicated PlayStation channel this one focuses on the original cast of characters around a small but rising idol-music production outfit called 765 Productions and the idols they groom to superstardom. Imagine if you were the man behind smash hit  idol phenomenon AKB48, That’s The Idolm@ster  in a nutshell.


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  • Dark Zerato

    Namco Bandai keeps bringing them out but they’ll never get tired.
    And they still keep them away from the west. Sigh.

    • Keksus

      Well, there was Shiny Festa in English… on iOS only… for a outrageous price. At least the PS3 is region free and you can even use the Imas Channel.

      • Syde Tokai

        i wouldn’t say outrageous. It’s the same price as a full retail game but i know what you mean.

      • Kumiko Akimoto

        Yeah but it’s that much because it’s made as if it were made for the vita or 3ds

      • Renaldi Saputra

        they released it with outrageous price to see how many ppl will insist to buy even though the price, if there wasn’t enough downloads, then well, it means there’s not much enthusiasms

    • Arrngrim

      Sigh indeed, so many great Japanese games I’ll never be able to play (effectively) unless I spend years learning the language. Sigh.

    • CybertoothTiger

      You can blame that to some people that can’t stand moe stuff from Japan. Apparently for them, everything must be serious, characterization, appearance and plot.

      Others people way to having fun, must be banned by their thought process. Only theirs are the rightful ones.

      • Jibun Rest@rt

        Actually, just from watching the anime, reading the manga, and the various translated scenes on YouTube, I think that the characters in idolm@ster have enough depth to them to put them a bit above “general moe,” especially Chihaya, Hibiki, Miki, the Futami twins, Makoto, Yukiho, and Ritsuko. They all have a lot of small nuances to their character that make them different. Makoto isn’t just a manly girl who wants to wear frilly dresses, there are more sides to her! They aren’t perfect, god-tier characters, but they deserve more credit than “not serious characterization.”

        • katamari damacy

          Namco-Bandi just thinks it won’t sell at all in the west considering the vast majority of its purchasers are the creepy otaku type, which we simply don’t have enough of here in the west to subsidize an entire game.
          However they should aggressively Market Idolmaster to girls to be in the same vein as the casual ‘savvy style’ series of games. Just have players able to pick a Female or Male producer at the start of the game, since they have no spoken lines anyways it shouldn’t matter. Get around the potentially creepy pedo male protagonist that Namco wants to get away from.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        from what I’ve seen, Idolm@aster couldn’t be called moe stuff, seeing the first release was around 2005 where moe stuffs weren’t that much, unlike Love Live or Neptune Idol PP, which you can say much more moe stuffs than Im@s..

      • Tincho D

        Moe has nothing to do with it, the issue that makes bringing the franchise to the west (properly) difficult is the risk involved in bringing a game with a theme that seems alien to the US (which is the big western market): Idol bands.

        Boy bands and mixed popstar bands are common in the west, but Idol bands are non-existant here, plus japanese IDOLS have unspoken values (such as the value of “sexual purity” of the girls) which may clash with current american values and therefore cause unwanted controversy surrounding the game.
        I’m sure Namco Bandai rathers avoid risking such controversy.

        You could picture the feminazis going nuts over the girls looking virginal (“Men wanting 13-16yos to not sleep around? FUCKING PATRIARCHY!”) , AND the puritans go nuts over some of the girls (ie: Yayoi, the Futami sisters, Iorin) wearing bikinis in a couple songs.

        If moe were the problem Neptunia and Miku wouldn’t have been localized.

        • katamari damacy

          So if they ported Idolmaster 2, removed all the female idols and kept the 3 male idols it would have conformed with western market standards?
          Pussycat Dolls, Spice Girls, Destiny’s Child were “idol bands” just much much older and not teenagers.

          • Scrooge_McDuck

            Thus, they are not “idol bands”.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      some western gaming site insulted it as “pedo game”
      maybe that’s one of reasons why Namco still keep them away, maybe they’re kinda sensitive or else

      • Arrngrim

        The majority of westerners don’t know what they’re missing when it comes to Japanese games…plebians.

        • Renaldi Saputra

          well, in general, they mostly hate all japanese things which looks like so japanese..

          and what they hate the most is Japanese weird game..

          • Scrooge_McDuck

            Katamari Damacy was critically acclaimed in the West, though.

      • Just Tim

        *Cue the Japanese gaming media, calling Dead Island a “necro game.”*

        Care to namedrop that western gaming site?

        I personally don’t condone pedophilia, let alone necrophilia. They’re both eww.

      • Tincho D

        I’m a jaded motherfucker and i like idolmaster because i like to disconnect myself from reality for a while and watch cute innocent girls sing cheerful songs.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pktOrl-mkcs

  • Dsvkb

    I just want an Idolmaster for Vita. Shocked it hasn’t happened yet.

    • Danny Hazanif

      same here, my friend :)

    • Tincho D

      And i want Masou Kishin 3 and the newest SRW OG game in english…

      Rest assured an Idolm@ster game for Vita WILL happen, but only after Bandai Namco has announced Idolm@ster 3, which implies The 3rd Vision and thus many games/spinoffs based on it.

  • Cazar

    As much as I love IM@S, it’s hard for me to get excited about this. I just want Idolm@ster 3, not Idolm@ster 2.5. I realize Idolm@ster 3 is still coming, but this seems so unnecessary considering that Idolm@ster 2 has so much DLC and continues to receive more. And everything about this appears to be reusing assets from Idolm@ster 2.

    • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

      I actually share your perspective. There are dozens (maybe even reaching hundreds?) of new idols that they brought to the franchise in the side games. I was hoping they would expand on that in the console releases in some way, or add something noteworthy.

      But, I’m a fan for the music and choreography, so of course I’ll get whatever they’re pushing out.
      I have NO CHOICE! :D

    • Tincho D

      The good thing about this is that Namco Bandai will have more time to polish iM@s3 instead of rushing it.

  • 無尽合体ブランタコブスキ

    I still can’t read anything

  • Loli Summoner

    If it don’t have guns, the west don’t want it lol jokes aside.I think the reason why we don’t get these types of games is because most western gamers are not interested in rhythm games and those dating sim/VN games.Such a shame because I really like these types of games.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      inb4 project diva, guitar heroes, etc..
      maybe literally idol games, rhythm is too general for defining..

      that’s why I don’t think neptune PP will be successful, NISA is so kind for localizing it despite the risks

      • Arrngrim

        I’ve always felt Guitar Hero was a cheap knock-off of Guitar Freaks. Give me the J-pop & J-Rock! And yes, I imported Guitar Freaks Silver/Gold on PS2 and play it with a Guitar Hero controller. :P

        • Renaldi Saputra

          I was very sad that most of western accused Beat Mania as Guitar Hero rip off, even though apparently Beat Mania was the Father of Rhythm Game, was first released around 97

          • Just Tim

            Haha, that reminds me of the time when the Comcast-owned former G4 did that.

            FAILadelphia!

  • Chido55

    Slightly related to topic: BERSERK! will be taking another year of hiatus. XD

  • Jeremy Sumrak

    Berserk is never gonna get finished…is it?

  • http://www.siliconera.com Jenni

    Want. Want SO much. And will definitely import, once a physical copy is released.

  • Tincho D

    This kills the berserk

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