Co-developed by Compile Heart and Felistella (Summon Night series, Agarest Senki Marriage), Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 for the PS Vita is a complete from-the-ground-up remake of the first game (PS3), with play mechanics froms Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory, new illustrations, new dialogue, new event scenes – new everything, essentially – this week’s issue of Famitsu magazine reveals.
Well, okay, obviously not everything is new – the story, characters will remain. They’re not throwing that away.
But a lot of the game’s elements will be done from scratch. Character models, for instance, will be re-created to match the quality of those in Neptunia Victory – that alone is a huge boost to Re;Birth1′s visuals.
The “standing illustrations” for IF and Compa will also be completely re-drawn (but not the one for Neptune, apparently). Not having played the first game, I’m not sure what quite the developers are referring to – let me know if you do.
Dialogue scenes will now be rendered with the Active Animation System, popularised by Agarest Senki Zero. This animation technique, which gives 2D illustrated portraits breathing and blinking animations, was used in Neptunia Victory but not the first two games.
The game’s story plot is also being revised by Hyperdimension Neptunia series director Shingo Onodera.
New dialogue scenes will also be added, including one where Noire, Vert, and Blanc (basically all the goddesses except for Neptune) are wearing glasses.
“We added this scene because I really wanted to see Vert appear with glasses on, no matter what,” Onodera said.
And those are just a few examples from a list of 50 changes Compile Heart have made in Re;Birth1.
Other than gameplay and scenario changes and additions, Famitsu also revealed that the PS Vita JRPG is now set for an October 31, 2013 release date.
The regular edition of the game is priced at 6,090 yen in Japan, while the limited edition – which includes a strap and drama CD – will sell for 8,190 yen. A digital copy will also be launched on PSN day-one for 5,300 yen.