Back in March, when Neptunia Game Maker R:Evolution was announced, I said I expected it to be released in the west despite no official announcement to that effect. Today, Idea Factory International did confirm this to be true: the game will be launching in the west for PlayStation and Nintendo Switch in 2024. The self-referential series has players taking on a more managerial role this time around, with Older Nep becoming the CEO of a video game industry.
The goal of the game is to rebuild and manage a game company, turning it into a huge corporation. As Older Nep (yep, that’s what we’re calling this version of her), lead the studio into the future by recruiting strong developers, making cutting-edge games, and expanding the company’s market share. She’ll be helped by the Gamindustry Goddesses, CPU Candidates, and three brand-new Goddesses. Can she revive a floundering game studio?
Creating games in real-time boosts party stats. New elements can be found in dungeons or monsters, further elevating development and allowing for more passive party boosts. The battle system has been expanding, allowing for a four-person party, chained attacks, and transformative specials.
Dungeons can be explored on a pretty cool high-speed motorcycle, selling games as you go. As you find game elements to add to the next big thing, you’ll gain more shares in that location. And, completely unrelated to dungeons, there’s a Heartful Photo Mode that lets you express your creativity with fun, manga-like creations.
Developed by Idea Factory and Compile Heart, and published by Idea Factory International, Neptunia Game Maker R:Evolution will be released for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch in 2024. It will be available physically and digitally; the physical release will be available as a standard edition and a limited edition, but the limited edition contents have not been announced yet.