Nippon Ichi announces Hotaru no Nikki for PS Vita
posted on 03.11.14 at 09:39 PM EDT by (@salromano)
The full title is actually htoL #NiQ: Hotaru no Nikki. For real.

htoL #NiQ: Hotaru no Nikki

Nippon Ichi Software’s latest PS Vita project is htoL #NiQ: Hotaru no Nikki (apparently that’s the title, yes), this week’s Dengeki PlayStation reveals.

The game will be released as a download title in Japan for 3,086 yen, with a limited run retail edition including a special box, visual art book, original soundtrack, and pair of tin badges offered at 5,800 yen.

Masayuki Furuya is the game’s director and character designer.

In Hotaru no Nikki, the player controls a firefly, guiding a girl named Mion. Also available is the shadow firefly, which moves forward within the shadows. The graphic style uses animated analog touch illustrations. According to Furuya, while you may feel sorry for Mion, he describes it as a sort of “die and remember” type of game.

Here’s an outline of the game’s systems:

World of Light
You control a firefly and guide Mion. It’s the firefly cursor from the teaser site, illuminating its surroundings.
Mion movements follow the firefly.
You have to skillfully guide her through places with obstacles, etc.

World of Shadow
It’s the same thing but from the shadow’s perspective. You control a shadow firefly instead, while the stage’s objects become shadows.
From here you can remove objects from the stage in order to complete levels.

Traps in the Ruin Shadows
Mysterious enemies lurk in the ruins’ shadows. They seem to be only visible from the shadow perspective. If you’re caught by them, Mion dies.
There are traps in the ruins that may surprise you. If you get caught, Mion dies.

Dengeki also has a two-page interview with Nippon Ichi Software president Sohei Shinkawa. Here are some highlights:

  • We’ve started a new brand to put creative energy within the company to construct new games because we are interested in making proper new titles.
  • Harem Paradise has the Osaka branch staff, but the leader of htoL #NiQ is the designer who had a hand in the chibi character animation of the Disgaea series.
  • As a completely new title, we wanted to challenge ourselves with something original.
  • As for the PS4, I’m sure at some point or another the new brand will deal with it, but right now I think the most important thing is creating a title that everyone desires. Please look out for follow ups as development progresses.
  • I think making the jump to PS4 will be easier than going from PS2 to PS3. I don’t have high demands for the PS4’s graphic quality, rather I want to utilize it’s features.

Thanks, Sokuho@Hokanko.

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  • http://Gematsu.com Vayne

    I think I liked the idea of ​​the game, especially it is a new IP.

  • sherimae1324

    nippon ichi loves the PS VITA eh ^_^

    • https://twitter.com/Stealth___ Stealth

      yeah they do not like the 3DS/money for some reason

      • 9li8

        If I remembered correctly they ported Disgaea 1 and Phantom Brave to NDS and Wii respectively to try the Nintendo audience, but sales ended up not satisfying.

        • https://twitter.com/Stealth___ Stealth

          disgaea 1 on DS has sold better than most of there recent titles anyway.

          • 9li8

            I stand corrected.

            • https://twitter.com/Stealth___ Stealth

              It at least passed 100k…….there last 5 non disgaea games have failed to go past 30k week 1……

              • Elvick

                Comparing their flagship IP with the rest of their lineup…

                Makes sense.

      • sherimae1324

        well N1 or NIS loves SONY in general so you shouldnt say “they do not like 3ds/money or whatever”
        most of their games are only released on sony platforms same goes for tecmo koei/gust among others

        • jujubee88

          He’s just port begging. He’d do it on siliconera, but they seem to be banning people for that. :P

          Seriously though, the modern NIS is more nibble and aimed better toward Sony platforms. It’s just way more intuitive for them.

          • https://twitter.com/Stealth___ Stealth

            Port begging? no.

            I never said this game should be on 3DS. I said the same thing on Silicoenra.

  • Pyrofrost

    I look forward to seeing what this turns out to be.

  • Jesse

    By Harem Heaven, do they mean the Yandere visual novel? I’m guessing yes.

  • Haku_Luvs_You

    I’ll never remember that name :/

    • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

      Hotel nick

      • jujubee88

        Very good.

  • 9li8

    “I’m sure at some point or another.”

    But WHEN?

    • dmysta3000

      ITs already been confirmed that they are making a PS4 game which will be revealed at TGS

  • https://twitter.com/Stealth___ Stealth

    I just hope they market this title and dont leave it to die like they do everything not named Disgaea.

  • DesmaX

    As for the PS4, I’m sure at some point or another the new brand will deal
    with it, but right now I think the most important thing is creating a
    title that everyone desires. Please look out for follow ups as
    development progresses.

    Oh, finally a Soul Nomad sequel

    • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

      That is what you got from that? lol

      • DesmaX

        Oh yeah, it could be a Criminal Girls sequel too

        • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

          Was that NIS? >.>

          • DesmaX

            They did publish it

            • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

              ldksjdlkdjd xD

  • Elvick

    “Digital” Booo…

    “limited run retail edition including a special box, visual art book, original
    soundtrack, and pair of tin badges offered at 5,800 yen.”

    So there’s a chance of retail in the west. That’s how I read that. :P

    And for PS4… Seems like Disgaea is still the safest bet to expect out of their first title.

    • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

      lol if it is released in the west at all. We don’t even really know what kind of game it is though. >.<;

      Yes of course Disgaea (5) will be the first NIS game on the PS4.

      • Elvick

        True, but NISA has been good about bringing over NIS stuff.

        Can’t remember the last time we didn’t get a NIS game.

        • DesmaX

          There’s Criminal Girls and Special Reports Division, but those are justifiable

        • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

          *shrugs*

    • DesmaX

      Well, it does sound pretty indie. Not the type of game I would want at retail (And not even the japanese, apparently, seeing how Battle Princess and Legasista did there)

      Having a physical limited run sounds cool, tho. But highly unlikely that NISA would release this physically

  • MrKappa

    This is sounding a whole lot like an indie game right now.

  • HighBrowDrifter

    For a slight moment, I actually thought this game would/could/might be related to Yume Nikki….*gulp*

    • Kefkiroth

      “Nikki” is just the Japanese word for “diary,” haha.

      • GODDUKEMONEXA

        Mirai Nikki?

        • Kefkiroth

          Future Diary… what about it?

  • https://twitter.com/RyoonZ RyoonZ

    This pleases me!