Some good news for people that don’t have a PlayStation Vita or 3, and want to experience some of the oddest and most creative JRPGs that we’ve seen produced in recent years; Idea Factory is porting three of its games to Steam in 2015.
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1, the excellent remake of the original Hyperdimension Neptunia for the Vita, the upcoming Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2: Sisters Generation, and Fairy Fencer f (a game we also loved on the PlayStation 3) are all arriving on Steam in the coming year. There’s no firm release date for any of the games as of yet, nor is there information on required hardware specs, but that will come soon enough, we assume.
This continues a trend that we started to see really take hold in 2014, with more and more Japanese developers and publishers taking Steam as a platform more seriously. Flagging sales for dedicated consoles are no doubt a big part of the reason that the developers are evidently more keen to find additional revenue opportunities, but as we’ve also seen with the Japanese adoption of mobile gaming, the Japanese gaming space in general is a more diverse place than it had been in the past, so publishers are still looking to work out where they will be most relevant in the future.
It will be interesting to see how the PC audience, which has been traditionally weighted towards western developed games, responds to the sudden availability of all these Japanese games. We hope they do well – after all, the more people playing games like Hyperdimension Neptunia, the better!
– Matt S.
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