Calling to attention all Hyperdimension Neptunia fans – yes, you with the Inafune Sword Beam on your utility belt! Since you’re so patient and sweet and adventurous, Idea Factory has announced that their first strategy RPG, Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart, will be cutely gliding a path to Europe and North America in 2015, exclusively to the Playstation Vita via retail and digital download.
With a story that takes place in Gamarket rather than Neptunia’s Gamindustri, Noire can practically grasp her dominion over the four nations of the world, until the CPUs of said nations are stripped of their powers by an unknown force. So to defend the world, the CPUs must set aside their rivalry and unite to overcome a shared threat.
Key Features Courtesy of Idea Factory:
A Moe Army Awaits! You ain’t never seen the CPUs like this! Lead them in their first-ever foray into strategy RPG gameplay, taking on enemies in a whole new way. You’ll fight off hordes of enemies in turn-based strategy, dodging laser beams and flaming pits, and using dangerous environments against your enemy.
Link up with the “Lily System” The more often characters are in battle together, the higher their bond becomes. Activating the “Lily Boost” grants special stats and abilities, while “Lily Points” can be used to activate ultra-special moves and even goddess transformations. Don’t be shy to build up those battle relationships and seal it all with a kiss!
Check your Status! All kinds of funky things can happen in the heat of battle and characters can be hit with status ailments that are both boon and burden. You can get pixelated, zombie-fied, or even turned into a block of tofu! Some status changes come with their own benefit and cost, so keep this in mind during a fight.
Item Customization! You’ll get tons of replay value with so many ways to boost your gear’s stats! The more enemies you defeat, the more items you can get to customize your gear in whatever way you see fit. Let the great experiment begin!
Livin’ the Noire Life! Life’s not all about grid-based battles. Sometimes Noire just wants to relax at home, and with the “Sim Noire” mode you’ll be able to do just that! Customize the place by buying furniture and accessories with in-game points, and make Noire feel like the goddess she is. She’ll also get to go out with friends and build up her social level!
Any game where a status effect can transform you into a block of tofu is about a ten on my anticipation meter. The grid-based strategy is merely the saccharine strawberry flavoured icing on this already super sweet cake, and another reason for me to slap myself with an Inafune Sword for not having a PS Vita.