Back in June, NIS America revealed that they were in discussions with Idea Factory to localize the PlayStation 3 RPG Super Dimension Game Neptune, developed by Idea Factory subsidiary Compile Heart. Today, NISA is ready to announce that they will be localizing Neptune, releasing the title as Hyperdimension Neptunia in North America and Europe in Spring 2011. SEGA originally published the title in Japan on July 29th.
Hyperdimension Neptunia brings the console wars to life in the world of Gamindustri with the personifications of the Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and the scrapped SEGA console Neptune, which was a combination of the Genesis and 32X. You will take control of the Console Patron Unit (CPU) Neptune, the goddess of Gamindustri's Planetune region, who transforms into the heroine Purple Heart. She is joined by Noire, the goddess of Lastation who transforms into Black Heart, Vert, the goddess of Rinnebox who transforms into Green Heart, and Blanc, the goddess of Ruwii who transforms into White Heart. Neptune will need their aid to save Gamindustri from the evil forces of the goddess Arfoire, whose monsters are ravaging the world.
Neptunia features a combo system where you can edit and make your own personal combos, with battles taking place in a 3D environment with a turn-based battle system. You can summon helpers from pictures in your PlayStation 3 album or from various classic SEGA titles. The rear emblem of Neptune's outfit can also be customized with an image in your PS3 album.
Joining the four console characters are also four company personifications, with Compile Heart, Nippon Ichi Software, Idea Factory, and Gust becoming characters in the game, with appearances and roles related to the types of games each company develops. In the original Japanese release, Neptunia featured characters from SEGA properties Space Harrier, Alex Kidd, Golden Axe, Fantasy Zone, Shinobi, and more. Whether this list of summonable retro characters will stay restricted to SEGA titles or will be in any way altered is currently unknown.