SEGA is catching onto the idea that virtual pop-idol sensation Hatsune Miku has a lot of fans overseas. Her first game on the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita were a surprising success in the States, and now it is receiving a follow up called Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd.
The rhythm game will feature over 40 different songs from both classic fan favorites and the latest ear-wrenching hits from Japan’s J-Pop library. Apart from playing the game, the sequel even features a new and improved edit mode which will allow fans to create their own music videos featuring Hatsune and all of her virtual pop-idol friends.
Fun, fun. At least she is adorable singing the classic SEGA theme song.
SEGA is aiming for a fall release with this one, but what make this significant is that former Hatsune Miku developer, Dingo, has taken up development of Persona 4: Dancing All Night, a ridiculous spin-off of the popular demonic JRPG series. The franchise it belongs to is far more gamer friendly than the cutesy Hatsune Miku, so it remains to be seen which rhythm game will come out on top.
SEGA could care less, because it now owns both franchises, but I’m sure Dingo is interested in seeing if it can outperform its former creation.
Any love in the Western world for Hatsune Miku? I’ve never bothered to get into her games, but it is impossible to escape her cold stare in Japan. She is everywhere… watching you… How does a virtual girl with no heart feel mercy? Simple answer… she doesn’t.
It looks like a decent enough rhythm game. I’ll have to check it out. Keep an eye out for Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd for the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita this fall. More specifics from SEGA as they come.