Idolmaster Starlit Season, coming to PS4 and Steam, was unsurprisingly delayed to 2021, but Bandai Namco revealed some new gameplay and characters.
Bandai Namco held a live stream for Idolmaster Starlit Season on October 6, titled the Starlit Report stream. The stream featured [email protected] General Producer Yozo Sakagami, Producer Hayato Kutaragi and some of the seiyuu. In particular, the stream started with both producers apologizing for the lack of news on the game, as multiple events for it throughout 2020 were canceled, including an event that was online only. They noted the Covid-19 pandemic slowed down development and promptly announced Idolmaster Starlit Season is delayed from 2020 to a 2021 release, on PS4 and PC via Steam.
Following next, new characters appearing in Idolmaster Starlit Season were revealed. As a reminder, the game includes the original 13 characters from 765 Production in the original Idolmaster game, and then five characters from Idolmaster Cinderella Girls, five girls from Million Live, and five idols from Shiny Colors. When the game was first announced, the character list was partly revealed. We now know got to see everyone:
Nana Abe and Kirari Moroboshi from Cinderella Girls were revealed. The full group will include Mika Jougasaki, Ranko Kanzaki and Anzu Futaba.
From Million Live it’ll be Tsumugi Shiraishi and Kaori Sakuramori. They join Shizuka Mogami, Mirai Kasuga, and Tsubasa Ibuki.
Lastly, the Shiny Colors characters revealed were Rinze Morino and Amana Osaki. They’ll appear together with Sakuya Shirase, Kaho Komiya, and Tenka Osaki.
New screenshots were published as well. Starlit Season is in full 3D and runs on Unreal Engine. The Producers noted Shiny Colors is illustrations based, so it’ll be the first time in a way we’ll see some of its characters moving in 3D.
We also got to see some gameplay on this stream, and the next stream will include gameplay of the concert parts. We’ll include those gameplay parts once the stream ends for maximum quality.
An Idolmaster Starlit Season yonkoma manga will also be published weekly on Twitter to introduce the game to fans.
The next live stream for Idolmaster Starlit Season will happen in January 2021. As the stream ended (an after stream happened on Niconico Premium though), the Producers asked fans to be a little more patient.
The stream is still ongoing and we’ll keep updating this article with more details.
The Idolmaster celebrated its 15th anniversary in July 2020. The Idolmaster Starlit Season, first announced on January 20, 2020, is part of the anniversary projects. It’s the first console game following The Idolmaster Stella Stage, which launched on PlayStation 4 in December 2017.
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