Yesterday we reported that Namco Bandai Games is announcing The Idolm@ster: One For All this week — the information came from an advance copy of Famitsu magazine, which normally goes on sale in newsstands on Thursdays.

Now that the cat’s out of the bag, Famitsu has decided to release the first batch of screenshots for The Idolm@ster: One For All on Famitsu.com, which you can view below.

Like what @earlbox said, the character modelling for The Idolm@ster: One For All fundamentally looks the same as the system used for The Idolm@ster 2, so do not expect a huge leap in the graphics department when One For All comes out on the PS3 (as a paid digital download accessible through the free-to-play Im@s Channel).

However, Famitsu has hinted in their online article that there may be some significant gameplay changes between Idolm@ster: One For All and The Idolm@ster 2, apart from the fact that you can now “produce” or manage an idol unit comprising any of the series’s 13 main characters, as opposed to just nine in The Idolm@ster 2.

In The Idolm@ster 2, players could only produce an idol unit consisting of three girls. Judging from these screenshots, however, Idolm@ster: One For All may be breaking from that mold, as evidenced in these screenshots, which depict interaction scenes featuring different numbers of the idol characters on screen.

In particular, Famitsu says that the screenshot you see below, where the words “currently in production” hover above Haruka Amami’s portrait picture, could be a hint as to how things are different in The Idolm@ster: One For All.

idolmaster one for all 03 The Idolm@ster: One For All    1st batch of screenshots hint at gameplay changes from Im@s 2

Any guesses?

More information on The Idolm@ster: One For All will be revealed at an upcoming promotional event.

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Source: Famitsu