Hyperdimension Neptunia: Sisters Vs Sisters details new characters, Higurashi, Alice, and battle system details
Compile Heart has released new information and screenshots for Hyperdimension Neptunia: Sisters Vs Sisters, detailing new characters as well as showing off more of the game's battle system. Two of the new characters join the growing Neptunia roster of personified games and/or companies, namely Higurashi When They Cry and Shanghai Alice. The information comes via a press release and the official website.
The character details and a battle system video can be found below. Hyperdimension Neptunia: Sisters Vs Sisters is set to release for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 in Japan on April 21. An English localization has yet to be announced. More information can be found in the announcement post.
Maho (voiced by Sayumi Suzushiro)
A bright and cheerful girl who likes smartphones. She collapsed somewhere around the outskirts of Planetune and was rescued by Anri, who had evacuated from the Peecee continent. Maho excels in developing software, and she works together with Anri to create an observation device to unravel the Buzzool phenomenon.
Anri (voiced by Natsumi Ohshita)
A calm and intellectual girl who created the Peecee continent. She evacuated to Nepgear's continent due to an incident that happened in Peecee. Anri acts as a guardian to the optimistic Maho, warning her on many things. She devotes herself to unraveling the Buzzool phenomenon.
A goddess whose identity is still unknown. She was the one who locked Nepgear and the others inside capsules in a laboratory, and put them to sleep for a few years.
Higurashi When They Cry-chan (voiced by Mai Nakahara [TN: Same VA as Rena Ryugu])
A kind and friendly girl who comes from the Peecee continent. She traveled around the continent with Nepgear's party to look for 'cute' things. Whenever she finds cute girls or uniquely-shaped objects, she will plan to bring them home.
Shanghai Alice-chan (voiced by Yua Nagae)
An easy-going girl who comes from the Peecee continent. She approaches anyone in the same way and doesn't treat someone specially. She came to Nepgear's continent with the mood of going on a vacation, but the incident in Peecee continent and the Buzzool phenomenon ruined all of that. So she has to work everyday to gather her daily income.
[TN: Shanghai Alice is the creator of Touhou Project]
Battle System Video and Details
As previously reported, the combat system will have real-time battles combining action with tactics. The party will consist of 3 characters, and the player can directly control one of them at a time.
The basic combat flow is separated into two primary actions:
- Combo Skill: Normal action attacks executed with a button. After launching this, you can switch to another character to trigger a Link Chain that increases damage dealt on enemies.
- Tactical Skill: Special action unique to each character, launched by spending a specific gauge. The gauge refills over time, so you can switch to another character while waiting for it to fill again. By using tactical skills during battle, the character's AP will increase, which allow even more powerful combos to be done over time.
The EXE Drive feature also returns in this game. When activated, it will temporarily buff the character, change their looks, and launch Combo Skills automatically.
The game will also have an SNS-like questing system as well as a photo mode, with screenshots shown below in the gallery.