How Compile Heart Makes New Characters For The Neptunia Universe

By Spencer . October 16, 2014 . 3:57am


The Neptunia series started with a few companies turned into RPG characters like Gust and 5pb. Each new game grows the Gamindustri universe and Noire’s spinoff strategy RPG, Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart, has a set of characters that are based on game genres instead of companies.


“We’ve been creating personifications characters for all kinds video games in Neptunia for a while now, the first thing we look at are the colors used by the makers of the games, and the logo. It’s things like that, and we also look at the lineup of games they’ve already released to work on the character’s personality and their perspective,” Neptunia producer Naoko Mizuno said to Siliconera about designing characters.


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One of the concepts for Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart was to have a parody of game software instead of companies. This inspired the character design for Norie’s party members who are based on popular Japanese series like Metal Gear Solid, Monster Hunter, Dynasty Warriors, Dragon Quest, and Final Fantasy. Compile Heart wouldn’t officially confirm that was the case though and said they want fans to guess which games characters come from.


Ultra Dimension Neptunia U, an action game spinoff, turns video game magazines into characters. Players will be able to fight as Famitsu and Dengeki along with Neptune and the other CPUs. “Well, Neptunia takes place in a world that often uses material from the game industry as part of its story, and nowadays we have a deep connection with the video game media folks, who often feature titles of our company. Thanks to that connection, we figured that it’d be fun to have them appear as characters, so we reached out and made it happen,” Mizuno said.


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It’s not unusual to see video game magazine collaborations with games in Japan. Phantasy Star Portable 2 had the Famitsu shield and Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory had Dengeki DLC packs for the Japanese market. That opened discussions for Famitsu and Dengeki to become playable characters. When Compile Heart pitched the idea to both Japanese gaming magazines it was almost like a joke at first, but both of them accepted. While Ultra Dimension Action Neptunia U has not been announced for the West, Compile Heart confirmed if the game is released in other territories Famitsu and Dengeki will be in an international release because both characters are core to the story.

While there are a bunch of new characters, someone has been missing recently. Remember NISA? She played a key role in the first three Neptunia games, but was not present in the Neptunia Re;Birth remakes on Vita. What happened to her?




“We’ve created all kinds of collaboration characters with game developers for Neptunia, and we already have numerous parody characters. We’ll continue creating new collaboration characters moving forward, and we’ll be brainstorming ideas as far as what kind of characters we’ll make, which might change later on depending on circumstances," answered Norihisa Kochiwa. Compile Heart staff added that they have so many characters and deciding on who to put in each game has been difficult. On top of that, the staff is focusing on creating new characters and crossovers for fans. With that said, they teased that maybe we’ll see NISA again in the near future.


The next major title in the Neptunia series is in development for PlayStation 4. “For Neptunia Victory II, we’ve prepared different stories for the three Dimensions. To give you rough details as far as stories go, well, you may have already seen a trailer for Zero Dimension, will be centered around the fight against three giant enemies and a new goddess named Uzume Tennoboshi,” Mizuno said to Siliconera. Neptunia Victory II has three different game worlds for players to explore. Zero Dimension is a parallel world to the Gamindustri we already know and it has been destroyed by giants. “The battle system is something we’ve completely revamped. It evolved from the current battle system [in Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory],” Mizuno added.

  • Raharu95

    Well as this kind of half confirms that they did not just axed Nisa completely, so I am pretty happy~

  • artemisthemp

    I don’t understand why, Compile Heart ain’t allow to use NISA anymore

  • Rose Spinoza

    Wow, what a non-answer. (I’ve heard the real answer is that NISA and Compile Heart had a falling out. )

  • Fronkhead

    Aww, when I read “what happened to NISA” I was thinking about how Idea Factory International seem (correct me if I’m talking rubbish) to be publishing everything from now on, huge opportunity lost for NISA it would seem.

    • No, NISA is still handling most Compile Heart titles.

      • Fronkhead

        Right. Will be interesting to see then what happens now NISA have more competition for each title.

      • NegativeZero

        Not sure if that’s still the case. IFI set up in September 2013 which was barely a month before FFF released in Japan and they probably weren’t in a state where they could actually localize the game in a timely fashion. Since then none of the Compile Heart games have been picked up by NISA – the Neptunia series is with IFI and Omega Quintet, Destroyer Trillion and the PS4 FFF sequel don’t have any localizations announced and I think IFI were sort of teasing Moero Chronicle.

        It’ll be interesting to see if any of those unlicensed games get picked up for localization and if so, whether they end up with NISA or not.

        • IFi was indeed teasing something, but it turned out to be Hyperdevotion Noire.

          • NegativeZero

            I wasn’t meaning that recent tease. For a while they’d sort of been indicating they were considering Moero Chronicle, which makes sense since it’s sort of a quasi-sequel to Monster Monpiece. Guess it depends how that performed for them? Probably not that well considering all the complaints around them censoring it.

  • chibidw

    What a way to totally dodge the question. Was Kochiwa ever in politics?

    • Wtv

      I don’t think they can even talk about it if there is another company involved.

  • Harvey Tejada Loto

    I need this more than water

    • Zack

      The character in your profile pic looks pretty thirsty though…

      • Land of Green Pasture

        it seems ‘enlightened’

  • Good to know that NISA hasn’t been thrown out completely though, and we might see her again. Also,

    “The battle system is something we’ve completely revamped. It evolved from the current battle system [in Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory],”

    (Starts imagining and drooling over how V2 on PS4 is going to be like)

  • ivanchu77

    Bring Nisa back please! she was one the cooler characters by far (especially with japanese voices on, her seiyuu was amazing)

  • Kurai Buzzwagon

    I miss Nisa she was so great with her hero antics and whatnot and totally flat chest

  • Nerroth

    Speaking of crossovers, I still think it would be neat if Dengekiko showed up in Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax.

  • Rayhan PromisedGallery

    we need representation of this company :

    • Wtv

      A cute loli with white hair and bored expression.

      She kills everyone in a secret ending where you have to beat a rhythm game from hell to open.

      • Anime10121

        Cavia didnt do Drakengard 3 tho ;)

        • Wtv

          Didn’t play Drakengard 3 yet, though…

        • Rayhan PromisedGallery

          well, white haired females already exist in cavia game, namely Kaine.

      • Rayhan PromisedGallery

        don’t forget, she hates loli

      • Arcliff7

        kek. I feel ya.

  • DesmaX

    Oh, they design it all themselves?

    I though the original devs would send a concept, and they used it as inspiration.

  • estebxx

    Nisa is by FAR one of my favorite characters her personality and hero complex were really great i really hope she comes back.

  • Roberto

    As much i love nisa i hope to see famitsu and dengekiko again in another game

  • Valtiel Ikari

    can I ask something a bit off topic?
    would you guys recomend the Neptunia Vita game?

    • Serapita

      If you are a fan of the series, I would recommended the Vita Remade of Neptunia (Rebirth and the upcoming Rebirth II) since they have replaced the old and outdate system with Neptunia V system which fleshed out the game.

      • Valtiel Ikari

        actually, I haven’t played any of them, I’m just wondering since I saw it the other day on my local game store, and considered to get it, so I was wondering, if I like RPG in general, is it a recomended title?

        • dispedia

          yes it is very recommended. it’s a very good game especially for JRPG fans

          • Valtiel Ikari

            thanks, goin to give it a try wen I have the money!

  • BlackGirlGamer123

    There are so many neptunia titles its unreal! I can’t wait to see the battle system for victory 2 and I can’t wait for hyperdivotion noire and rebirth 2.

    Although, I do miss the heroine…

  • Hope the series’ still going strong by the time I can get a Sukeban Games character in Neptunia.

    I can only dream.

  • Andar

    NISA hasn’t been appearing because she is trapped in Disgaea 4 Vita, where her evilities turned her into a statistical monster! (in a good way)

  • Skylark

    Am I the only one who kinda preferred the first games fighting system. The new system seems to make the game way easy. I mean…At least give me back the old HDD transform sequences and the ability to switch and continue the combo…and RED…That’s honestly all I want….I miss RED…

    • Nerroth

      RED is back in Re;Birth2 SISTERS GENERATION:

      • Skylark

        Welp I’m all set then o/. You would think I would have known this…I gota keep up on my game news.

      • Kayriss Wins


      • IchiYamamoto

        Sweet! ^^
        She embodies that “can do” waifu harem spirit. And what is Neptunia without waifus?

    • Arcliff7

      I miss mk2’s battle system.

  • Aristides

    Not sure how it’s viewed in Japan but as far as the west is concerned NISA is pretty important considering the demographic.X3

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