Sega has finally decided on an official name for Next Hatsune Miku Project Diva (working title). The game is now known as “Hatsune Miku Project Diva f”, this week’s Famitsu magazine reveals.
The “f” in the title most likely stands for “Future”, which is what the kanji writing for “Miku”, or 未来, translates to (the same kanji characters are more commonly read as “mirai”).
Also in this week’s issue: a quick look at the game’s augmented-reality feature, and screenshots depicting the music videos for two new songs – “Melancholic” and “Himitsu Keisatsu” (Secret Police).
Hatsune Miku Project Diva f will feature an augmented-reality mode that allows you to take photos with the virtual idol using the PS Vita’s built-in cameras.
Details are scarce in the Famitsu story, and not much is known – it’s not mentioned if the functionality will work with both the front and back-facing cameras, or just one of them – except that you will be able to play around with Miku’s poses and expressions to better fit the environment.
To demonstrate this, the Famitsu article shows pictures of Hatsune Miku resting on your bed, standing around in your kitchen, stretching in front of a window pane, and even one of Miku sharing an umbrella with a person in the rain.
The Famitsu story also hints at other AR features besides photo-taking.
Melancholic (artist: Junky)
A popular Kagamine Rin song with over 1 million views on Nico Nico Douga, Melancholic tells the story of a 14-year-old girl who’s not very honest with her feelings of romantic affection. Famitsu mentions that this is the first time Melancholic has been included in a Project Diva title.
What they didn’t mention, however, is that the song was previously featured in Hatsune Miku and Future Stars Project Mirai for the 3DS.
The song comes with a matching “Melancholic” Kagamine Rin module (see: bottom-left of scan) that, if past games are any indication, will be unlocked when you clear this song under certain conditions. This module and many of the objects used in the music video – such as the giraffe you see in one of the screenshots – are designed by renowned Vocaloid illustrator Chiho-P.
Himitsu Keisatsu (artist: ぶりる or Buriru)
Buriru’s Himitsu Keisatsu (Secret Police) is a tune whose high-tempo beats have a certain evocative energy to it. Unlike Melancholic, Famitsu notes that this is the first time the tune has been included – ever – in a rhythm-action game.
The PV takes place in a live house with an atmosphere resembling that of the interrogation room at a police station, and the entire performance is set-up in a way that makes you feel like a criminal suspect getting grilled by officer Hatsune Miku. Interestingly, in this PV Miku is carrying and singing into one of those police radio mics instead the usual karaoke type.
The matching module for this song is “Dark Agent” Hatsune Miku.
Last but not least, the Famitsu story also mentions a Hatsune Miku module that’s being done by KEI, the illustrator who originally designed Hatsune Miku and did all the initial sketches.
That’s all we know about Hatsune Miku Project Diva f, for now! We’ll let you know as soon as more details emerge. In the meantime, read more stories about Hatsune Miku here on SGCafe!
For the full story on Hatsune Miku Project Diva f, grab a copy of this week’s Weekly Famitsu, on sale in Japan Thursday May 24. In Singapore, Kinokuniya usually has the magazines in either on a Friday or the following Monday – let us know in the comments below if you know when!