In a live stream earlier today, SEGA announced that the Project Diva game series has totaled 2.5 million units in sales. The series also just celebrated its 5th anniversary today on July 2nd.
Another big announcement was regarding the western release of an enhanced version of Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2 for the Nintendo 3DS titled “Project Mirai Remix” (working title), with a scheduled release due sometime in 2015.. Since the second game release also included the songs from the first, it would make sense for the Western release of Project Mirai to start with the second game in the series. This is also the first time a Hatsune Miku game has been released on a Nintendo console outside of Japan.
The details of these “enhancements” are yet to be revealed, but the game will still have all the features of the Japanese release:
Hatsune Miku: Project MIRAI Remix features characters rendered in beautiful stereoscopic 3D, with two different rhythm game modes (button and touch) and three difficulties per song. Players will enjoy a highly customizable experience with user customization options for button icons and sounds, character costumes and gear for the character rooms. Players can create and share personalized player cards that show off who you are as well as create customized dance routines to the songs, your own musical phrase and personalized comments about their favorite in-game videos, all via StreetPass. The game also utilizes the AR card and photo capabilities of the Nintendo 3DS to bring characters to life in 3D.
Via SEGA and Gematsu
If you happen to be visiting the largest Anime and Japanese pop culture convention in North America this July, you may be interested to hear that SEGA will have a booth demoing the English version of Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd at Anime Expo, as well as another “surprise”.
There is no word yet on if they also plan to host a panel. But if they do, be sure to remember these words: “Miku Maji Tenshi”. Lastly, I will have announcements soon regarding MikuFan’s visit to Anime Expo, so please stay tuned!
Skip to 0:27 in the video below to see SEGA’s announcement:
July 2nd 2014 will mark the 5 year anniversary since the release of the first Hatsune Miku: Project Diva game for PSP, after which many new games followed. To celebrate the occasion, SEGA will be throwing a memorial event at the Tokyo JOYPOLIS center from June 23rd until July 27th. SEGA’s official Hatsune Miku Project site also got updated with a new look: http://miku.sega.jp/
Many of the activities available will be quite similar to the previous DAIBA de DIVA event. You will find many similar dining menu items themed around Crypton’s Vocaloid characters, ride attractions, game prizes and live entertainment activities available. You can find details on attractions and event start times from the official event page: http://tokyo-joypolis.com/event/5th_annivparty/
The 1st floor main stage will be playing promotional videos daily. These include ODDS&ENDS, Tell Your World, and a 3rd secret song. Visitors attending the event on July 2nd at 7:00 PM will get the chance to see a special talk show featuring Hayashi Seiji (Project Diva series producer), Osaki Makoto (Project Mirai/Project Diva Arcade series producer) and Utsumi Hiroshi (SEGA feat. HATSUNE MIKU Project supervising producer).
As a bonus, your entry fee to the memorial event will get you a memorial T-shirt containing KEI’s illustrations for all 7 game releases so far. These are only available as long as supplies last.
Adults: 5500 Yen
Children and Teens: 4500 Yen
Shirt Sizes Available: S, M and L
Following up on the promise they made in March, SEGA has announced that they will be demoing Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd on their showroom floor at E3 2014, from June 10th~12th. They have not confirmed if it will be the Japanese version, or a demo of the localized English version. Regardless, if you happen to be in the downtown Los Angeles area, be sure to check it out.
Official blog post: http://blogs.sega.com/2014/06/06/sega-offers-exciting-slate-of-video-games-at-e3-2014/
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd is scheduled for release in North America and Europe this fall.
On the Japan side, SEGA has released a new Hatsune Miku prize plushie, which was created by Nesoberi and based on artwork by Puchi de Biru. There are two versions with different expressions, “happy” or “sleeping”. The size is 17cm, from head to toe.
These plushies are distributed in SEGA UFO prize catcher machines, which cost 100 yen per play. You can try winning one yourself if you run across one of these machines, or have a friend in Japan attempt to win one for you. If you don’t trust your luck, they can usually be found on Amazon Japan.
As a small tip for those waiting for the North American release of Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd, Amazon.com has added preorder listings for both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita versions.
The listings are placeholders and contain incorrect information that will change as the launch comes closer. For example, the pricing and launch dates differ from what SEGA of America has previously announced. Feel free to place your preorders now, or wait to see if preorder bonuses by other sellers will catch your interest.