Compile Heart announces Neptunia spin-off Neptunia GameMaker R:Evolution

Neptune is an adult running a games studio!

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The key art for Neptunia GameMaker R:Evolution.

Sorry folks, I know I’m a bit late on this news – it’s been a day! Compile Heart has announced the latest Neptunia spin-off, Neptunia GameMaker R:Evolution, through Weekly Famitsu. It also released a good amount of information about the game, including a trailer, which it is described as an “enhanced Neptunia” with a new management system. The game is set in Gameindustri – a world based on the real-life game industry.

Neptunia GameMaker R:Evolution is set at a new game studio, but in a world filled with others will it be able to acquire its market share? The story weaves together dimension-hopping Adult Neptune, the three “failure goddeses,” and Croire, the recorder of history.

The main goal is to manage a game company, with an eye on expansion. The game promises to be Neptunia but evolved; in addition to the new management system, there is a deeper four-character party battle system, dungeon exploration (high-speed movements by motorcycle), and a photo mode that captures characters with manga-like expressions.

When managing the studio, players will develop “discs” that can strengthen character action skills. As the company grows, better discs can be developed; because of this, expansion is critical. When it comes to the battles, characters cooperate with each other. Returning elements include enhanced CPU transformations and flashy EXE DRive attacks.

Related reading: DDNet’s review of the latest Neptunia title, Sisters VS Sisters.

There are five confirmed characters at this point. Adult Neptune is a company president who dropped the Nep-Note. Pipi is a a producer, leader but also reckless, and thinks she’s the smartest person in the world. Jarga is a cool girl who talks in abbreviations, and she handles production and PR at the company. Lideo is a mad scientist in charge of programming and graphics. And Croire… she’s a special one. She was sealed in the Nep-Note by Adult Neptune, but has since been freed and is hiding out at a pirate maker’s base.

Developed and published by Compile Heart, Neptunia GameMaker R:Evolution will be released for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch on August 10 in Japan. There’s no word yet on a western release, but I’d be willing to bet it will happen.


Lindsay picked up an NES controller for the first time at the age of 6 and instantly fell in love. She began reviewing GBA games 20 years ago and quickly branched out from her Nintendo comfort zone. She has has developed a great love of life sims and FMV titles. For her, accessibility is one of the most important parts of any game (but she also really appreciates good UI).

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