THE iDOLM@STER fans, rejoice! Pre-orders for the brand-new Sony PlayStation 4 game entry to the idol franchise, THE iDOLM@STER Platinum Stars have started! This highly-anticipated title set in a parallel world to the series so far has the Producer (the player) of the up-and-coming 765 Production idol management company living together with the charming young idols in a training camp proposed by company president Junjirou Takagi, in a familiar blend of relationship and idol management gameplay.
For the uninitiated, THE iDOLM@STER Platinum Stars will be the very first PS4 game to be released for the series. Developed by Bandai Namco Games, this title is set to establish a whole new benchmark for the series as whole with its greatly enhanced graphics and gameplay which take full advantage of the PS4‘s capabilities.
A picture is worth a thousand words – so take a look at this side-by-side comparison of 2014 PS3 title THE iDOLM@STER One For All and Platinum Stars!
From just these screenshots, one can see the camera work during Lives has been enhanced considerably with the dynamic angles – which brings the player closer to watching the Live in person more so than before. The lightsticks waving in the audience can all be distinguished (in the words of series producer Yozo Sakagami, up to 50 000 of them can be seen!) clearly, while the 3DCG models for the idols have been revamped to have a ‘softer’, more realistic feel.
Following series tradition, the Lives put on by the idols will be fun rhythm game segments where you tap the controller buttons to the tune of iconic songs including crowd favorite GO MY WAY!!
With that said, while the game will be retailing at 8,200 JPY for the regular edition and digital download, 12,400 JPY for the limited edition box set, there is an attractive pre-order discount if you reserve your copy now! The current pre-order prices are 10,943 JPY for the limited edition box set and 7,236 JPY for the regular edition.
Furthermore, if you decide to splurge on the limited edition box set, you will get a Live brochure (1), a vocal CD (2), a 2016 calendar (3), glossy exclusive photos of the idols (4), photo frames (5) for said photos, a physical copy of the game (6), along with a special box set containing previously unseen visuals of 13 idols (7) and an enclosed product code for a special in-game costume (8)! The vocal CD track listing includes:
- THE iDOLM@STER (Haruka Amami, Yukiho Hagiwara, Ganaha Hibiki, Shimamura Uzuki, Shibuya Rin, Honda Mio, Kasuga Mirai, Tsubasa Ibuki, Serika Hakozaki)
- Jibun REST@RT (Haruka Amami, Yukiho Hagiwara, Ganaha Hibiki)
- GOIN’!!! (Shimamura Uzuki, Shibuya Rin, Honda Mio)
- Dreaming! (Kasuga Mirai, Tsubasa Ibuki, Serika Hakozaki)
- Onegai! Cinderella (Haruka Amami, Yukiho Hagiwara, Ganaha Hibiki, Shimamura Uzuki, Shibuya Rin, Honda Mio, Kasuga Mirai, Tsubasa Ibuki, Serika Hakozaki)
- Thank You! (Haruka Amami, Yukiho Hagiwara, Ganaha Hibiki, Shimamura Uzuki, Shibuya Rin, Honda Mio, Kasuga Mirai, Tsubasa Ibuki, Serika Hakozaki)
Particularly noteworthy is how the main characters of newer spin-offs, THE iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls and THE iDOLM@STER Million Live! are featured in this vocal CD as well. This would seem to hint at the possibility of cameos in the game itself as well – perhaps as downloadable content as they appeared in THE iDOLM@STER One For All.
THE iDOLM@STER Platinum Stars is slated for release on 28th July 2016, so wait no longer…! Reserve your copy of Platinum Stars now at its Amazon page!