It appears that Neptunia fans will be able to look forward to more adventures featuring the protagonist of protagonists this year. Just over a week after Megadimension Neptunia VIIR arrived, Idea Factory International has announced that Super Neptunia RPG, known as Brave Neptunia: World! Universe! Pay Attention!! Ultimate RPG Declaration!! in Japan, will be headed to the West this fall.
Super Neptunia RPG is the eighth spin-off within the series. However, what separates this game from the ones that came before it is that it’s developed by a non-Japanese firm; namely a Canada-based one known as Artisan Studios. Furthermore, it ditches the 3D format used in every other game and puts the world and all its characters into a side-scrolling RPG. Oh, and it’ll also be on the Nintendo Switch.
That said, the spirit of the Neptunia series is still very much intact: the characters are still designed by series character designer Tsunako and the battles are still turn-based (looks similar to Valkyrie Profile?).
Here’s more via IFI’s press release:
In a world where 2D games reign supreme, an organization called Bombyx Mori forces its citizens to churn out 2D games as offerings to their leader. Those who dare to use new technologies or whose games don’t meet their standards risk banishment to the soul-crushing Trial Grounds.
A girl awakens in this world with no recollection of anything beyond her name, Neptune, and soon realizes she possesses great strength. With her newfound sense of heroism and a strange book known as Histoire in hand, she sets off on a journey to see if there might be more than this two-dimensional life.
- Old School Dungeons! – Explore gorgeously painted, interactive dungeons in a style inspired by classic gaming titles.
- Follow the Leader! – Enter turn-based battles where the party’s attack style changes based on the battle leader. Switch leaders on the fly, transform mid-battle, and use elemental attacks to maximize your team’s strategy!
- Save Gamindustri! – In a time where retro gaming and 3D graphics are at polar ends, this story delves headfirst into the debate for a self-aware ribbing of gaming culture.
- 2D Comes to Life! – The hand-drawn art of Neptunia series artist Tsunako is brought to life by Artisan Studios, showing the characters in a whole new way!
Super Neptunia RPG is due out for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch this fall.