Putting the "Joy" back in joystick


Idea Factory, the Japanese video game developer and publisher, is bringing a host of games to Steam in 2016. Originally popularised on Playstation systems, PC users will now get to experience them in their full, uncensored versions.

It’s been a good year for Steam all around, and we’ve seen quite a few titles make their way to the PC-based digital distribution platform. Gaben is surely smiling down upon Japanese publishers from atop his golden throne, built from 50% off coupons. Back in October, we brought you the news that Hyperdimension Re;Birth 3 would be available on Steam, much to the delight of fans. We also had the pleasure of announcing that XSEED were bringing Senran Kaguraover to PC as well. It shows Japanese publishers like Idea Factory and XSEED are really considering the viability of the PC market now, which can only be good news.

Idea Factory seems to want to continue testing the waters on PC, and have decided it’s due time to bring three more great titles to Steam. The three games, originally for the Sony PlayStation Vita, are Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed, Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart, and Monster Monpiece. Aside from being very long to write out, all these titles performed quite favorably with fans, ranking around 77 on Metacritic by user score. As it stands on Steam, Hyperdimension Re;Birth 3 has an overwhelmingly positive rating (98%). Clearly the PC port is doing something right.


Much like the other ports of Hyperdimension Neptunia, the PC versions of these games will have better graphics and resolution, a better framerate and should generally run smoother all around. That’s not all either; many of you may remember Monster Monpiece was censored for its Western release, with developer Compile Heart citing “Western society” as the reason why. Well, that’s no longer the case: Monster Monpiece will have all the original artwork that was shipped with the Japanese version, meaning cards will now function as intended. Rejoice, fans of cute monster girls, for you are now free to rub them up to your heart’s content.

Check out the details for each game below, all of which are due to hit Steam in Spring 2016. We’ll keep you up to date on any more news regarding Idea Factory and these games, so keep an eye right here.

A spinoff of the Hyperdimension Neptunia series that takes place in an alternate world known as “Gamarket,” featuring Noire as the main protagonist. This is the first strategy RPG in the series and boasts a bundle of new playable characters for your moe army, item customization, the relationship-boosted Lily System, and even a chance to see Gamarket’s hardest-working CPU relax a bit with the “Sim Noire” mode!

These cards have heart! In the world of Yafaniel, humans and “monster girls” live an uneasy coexistence. You’ll train as May Esperio to become a master of these monster girls in strategic, card-based battle that features light RPG elements. Throw down with the enemy using your cards’ Skills and Potentials, and give their stats an extra boost with special bonuses. If you play your cards right you’ll collect over 100 monster girls to fight for you! You’ll get to level those ladies up with the First Crush ❤ Rub mode, which gives you a hands-on role in warming them up for battle!

Now on Steam, everyone’s favorite CPUs and CPU Candidates get brutal with their first foray into the 3D hack ‘n’ slash action! Joined by characters Dengekiko and Famitsu, they’ll clash with waves of enemies in free-roaming stages. Switch between two characters with the Dual System to bash down baddies and perform devastating special attacks, but spam too many specials or take too much damage and you’re liable to experience a “Costume Break,” shredding your defense but boosting your critical rate and EXE Drive Gauge!


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