One of the bigger criticisms pointed at the PlayStation 4 right now is that its library largely consists of Western developed games. While there are some strong titles in its roster – including inFAMOUS: Second Son and Resogun – it’d be nice to see a few titles making the journey from overseas. Thankfully, Tokyo-based outfit Compile Heart is aiming to fill the gaping hole with Omega Quintet, a so-called idol role-playing game built specifically for Sony’s next-gen machine.
According to the latest issue of Japanese gaming bible Famitsu – as translated by Gematsu – the title takes place in a pseudo post-apocalyptic world, which has been seized by an unstoppable entity known as the ‘Beep’. With the remnants of humanity forced to reside in a small town, only the Songstresses – a mythical group of popstars born generations ago – can thwart the evil threat, bringing it down with the power of song and dance. Hmm.
As the title indicates, there’ll be five leading ladies in the game: Otoha, Kyouka, Kanadeko, Nene, and Aria. Each of these will have unique personalities, from the shy to the outgoing, and everything in between. What’s currently unclear is how the adventure will actually play, but judging from the first batch of screenshots, it’s probably safe to expect some kind of Hatsune Miku-esque minigames, as well as the usual RPG staples, such as XP, customisable gear, and the like.
We’ll find out more on 14th May, when the developer plans to host a livestream to fully showcase the game. Until then, know that Japanese pre-orders for the title will come with a soundtrack CD, while a separate special edition will include a drama CD, a selection of game-related goodies, and a making of DVD. As for a Western release, it’s too early to say whether the escapade will strut overseas, but Compile Heart releases are increasing in popularity in these parts, so it certainly seems possible.