Thursday, July 21, 2011

IDOLM@STER 2 for PS3 announced

Today THE iDOLM@STER 2 for PS3 was officially announced.

As I said when iM@S 2 was first announced, it was heavily implied that the franchise was going to do the leap to the PS3 (the PSP versions, the presence of iM@S related events and items in Playstation Home), but the surprise is that the release will be not roughly a year after the original release but in October 27th, exactly 7 months after the Xbox360 version. It seems that the sales where really that bad and Bandai Namco is leaving the sinking ship beforehand...

According to the info available and the entry from Famitsu, the four non playable girls (Ritsuko, Ami, Azusa and Iori) are still not produceable (at least not at first).

Songs, outfits, and accessories from the first 3 DLC catalogs from the Xbox version will be included in the disc, that means that the songs "Little Match Girl", "Honey Heartbeat" and "Ai Like Hamburger" will be available from the beginning, as well as the iM@S anime opening song "Ready!!". It seems that new outfits will be also available, since the pattern of the Floral type outfit used in the promo pic is new. Ah, and an extra difficulty will be selectable as well.

The anime opening song (and choreography)

The limited edition will be bundled with the first Blu-Ray of the iDOLM@STER anime, and also includes another disc with the game Gravure4You!, that allow you to take pictures of the idols in the beach. Is labeled as "Volume 1", so other volumes will also be released along other media.

The limited edition is quite expensive (19,800 yen) and is in essence the same game that I have, but most likely I'll buy it... The mind control power of IdolMaster sure is frightening.

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