The countdown is finally nearing its end and the arrival of the highly anticipated PSP title: “Project DIVA 2nd” is just around the corner. Soon thousands of avid Vocaloid fans will be receiving their first-edition pre-orders, complete with commemorative Nendoroid Plus Hatsune Miku Charms. Many will quickly begin killing themselves to clear songs on the highest difficulties, aiming to unlock numerous in-game goodies. We know quite a few of our readers are eagerly waiting to begin playing or watching the countless gameplay and PV uploads that will soon be coming to NicoDouga and Youtube. Vocaloidism is happy to bring you one last News and PV update on the eve of the big event!
To start things off lets take a look at the final Project DIVA 2nd song releases. Today’s updates can be found at the official SEGA Project DIVA 2nd website and on the Project DIVA NND Channel.The first PV, the very last one to be revealed for the game, is one of Vocaloid’s oldest: ハジメテノオト or “Hajimete no Oto” (tl: First Tone) ft. Miku Hatsune and produced by Malo in 2007. The PV also features yet another of the new outfits that will be included in the game:
To touch on a little bit of history for our newer Vocaloid fans (of which this blogger is himself), Hajimete no Oto was part of the initial wave of popular Vocaloid and Miku productions. Released in the in the months immediately following the release of Vocaloid2 software, it was also the subject one of the first 3D videos produced for Miku. You can watch that video here if you like.
Today’s second PV release is “classic” holdover from the original Project DIVA. “Dear Cocoa Girls” ft. Miku Hatsune (by DeadballP) and its Waterpark-style PV provide an apt background for SEGA to show off its new swimsuit models for the game. Unfortunately for many of our female readers Len and Kaito are not featured in the video but nevertheless all four of our female Crypton Vocaloids look absolutely stunning (feel free to fight over this in the comments below):
(A test for our readers: Did you spot Haku and Neru? No? Well try again… give up? Well scroll over to user Lala’s recent post in the chatbox to your right for the answers!)
Let’s conclude today’s pre-release hype with the following tidbit. Japanese gaming news blog Andriasang.com is reporting that SEGA is currently making preparations to release Project DIVA 2nd as digital content via the Playstation Network (PSN). Marking a first for the Project DIVA series, the game will be made available about one month after the initial release date on August 31st, 2010. The download version will be offered at the slight discount of ¥5,400/$62 (compared to ¥6,040/$69) and will obviously not include any of the first edition release bonuses such as the bonus charm. As more information becomes available on this exciting new development we will be sure to provide you with the details.
Well that’s all from me today. Let’s end with some questions for discussion: Are you excited or bummed that the final PV is yet another “Vocaloid Classic”? What are everyone’s opinions on the new swimwear and outfits? And finally, does the PSN distribution announcement make those of you who haven’t already ordered the game more likely to purchase it? Feel free to discuss in the comment section.
Thanks for reading and have a fabulous day!