hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Japanese Idol Group 'Idoling' in the next PSP Yakuza game

6:00 PM on 11.09.2011 // Raz Rauf

We know that a couple of months ago, Sega's Yakuza studio announced two new games in the franchise. One of those being Yakuza 5 which is in early development, and is something the studio aren't willing to talk much about right now. The other is the upcoming sequel to the PSP spin-off series Black Panther, namely Black Panther 2: Fighting Demon Chapter.

It doesn't come out until Summer 2012, but that doesn't stop Yakuza producer and director Toshihiro Nagoshi from strutting his stuff and getting the party started, starting with the now customary revelation of the cabaret idols for the game.

From left to right we have Ms. Yurika Tachibana, Ms. Mai Endo, and Ms. Erika Tonooka. These girls are actually three members of "Idoling!!!" -- a massive Idol group run by Japanese TV station Fuji TV. Check out all its members here, and see if Nagoshi made the right choice in these three.

Speaking of Nagoshi, he wasn't there just to pose with the girls, but was able to quickly answer a couple of questions about the game. Asked whether the Cabaret section has expanded since previous entries, he replied that, "the girls now look cuter than before, and by incorporating them into [in game] events, there is a smoother flow in [plot] development."

Next he was asked how the drama element of the game was coming along. Although Nagoshi said he received comments in past that the drama in his games was considerably long, he chuckled when revealing that wouldn't really change in this game. "Though the city will be the same Soutenbori from Yakuza 2, this is overwhelmingly prettier depiction than the PS2 version, showing the progression technology has made six years since that game, although there will be new hardware out soon," he stated with a wry smile. 

He was then queried about the battle system where an ally can now fight with you, though Nagoshi states that it varies depending on the scenarios and which ally is with you at the time. Furthermore, an additional feature is present where curious onlookers may help you, but conversely may also turn against you. There's also some fun to be had with forming alliances with certain characters. He says that they are trying to produce a type of game "where you break down walls, and every time you break one down, more and more enemies are thrown in your path." He also argues that their battle system is one that will be very fluid, whilst requiring precision and accuracy, and give a sense of satisfaction when connecting with enemies.

Finally he was asked how the development progress is going, where after briefly mentioning wondering what tracks to choose for its soundtrack, his overall answer was "smoothly." For more pictures of the girls, and their pixelated counterparts, check out the gallery on the Dengeki site. Apart from that, I'll leave you with Idoling's latest single for you to cringe over. Or drool over. Whatever takes your fancy.

Black Panther 2: Fighting Demon Chapter shows off the Idol Group: Idoling!!! [Dengeki]

Raz Rauf, Contributor
 Follow Blog + disclosure Tips
Raz Rauf hails from London, England. He is a child of the 80s, a teenager of the 90s, and apparently an adult of the current millennia, or at least that's what people tell him. He's been into vi... more   |   staff directory

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community fisters, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding * to your whitelists.

Status updates from C-bloggers

Virtua Kazama avatarVirtua Kazama
One thing I've learned about the Japanese fighting game players: They are willing to play any fighter no matter how good or bad it is, and they don't shit on the game or the community behind it.
RadicalYoseph avatarRadicalYoseph
I killed Darth Vader by crashing a spaceship into him 10/10
Parismio avatarParismio
Watched the first ep of One Punch Man and I was not disappointed. It seems like they'll be adding their own stories into it because I don't remember that fight in the last 5 minutes in the manga. I'll have to reread it to make sure.
Paul S avatarPaul S
What the hell is Sega using in the printing of their PS3 game manuals? I wouldn't be surprised if some dumb kid stuck one in a plastic bag and started huffing the fumes to get high.
CeeDotGreen avatarCeeDotGreen
Been playing MGO obsessively, still can't find anyone in their right mind that uses the Hush Puppy. So of course I'm gonna be the dumb bastard that tries.
TheAngriestCarp avatarTheAngriestCarp
Why don't we have more games that use filtered 3D models to creat faux-pixel art? It's such a cool, smooth style, but you never see any games using it.
OverlordZetta avatarOverlordZetta
Oh lawd. Next Saturday, Gamestop will have three hour access to Tri-Force Heroes. Nintendo, really wish we could just get normal demos from you more often, please!
MeanderBot avatarMeanderBot
I made this. Want one? [IMG]HTTPS://[/IMG]
JawshButturBawls avatarJawshButturBawls
Star Wars Battlefront is pretty good. Except the beta is basically a demo with nothing in it so that upsets me. but it's still pretty good.
gajknight avatargajknight
Just cleaning up the last of Gotham's Most Wanted before I finish Arkham Knight. Those Riddler trophies...much more fun than Arkham City but my word, stop it Rocksteady. Love the game though, outstanding. In my top 5 this year, fo sho.
Jed Whitaker avatarJed Whitaker
SCIENCE. IS. AWESOME. [youtube][/youtube]
Jed Whitaker avatarJed Whitaker
Looks like my copy of Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash won't be here till Tuesday. What do I pay for Amazon Prime for again? I think I might have to stream me playing it.
Pixie The Fairy avatarPixie The Fairy
I have just heard someone say Uncharted was a "role playing game."
RadicalYoseph avatarRadicalYoseph
The glitched walking animation people carrying crates in Novigrad do is hilarious.
TheLimoMaker avatarTheLimoMaker
Undecided what to do with my weekend now my fiancée is away. One part of me says I should work my ass off, another says I should go watch The Martian while the last part tells me to be a slob, play games and masturbate to Highschool DXD.. Such a hard lif
Steel Squirrel avatarSteel Squirrel
The 1.10 patch for The Witcher 3 is out. Downloading for PS4. Pretty excited to see the changes, especially since it said the damn swamps in Velen would finally see performance enhancements, along with like a million other areas. So good! Yes?
wutangclam avatarwutangclam
Just got confirmation that a feature I spent way too long writing is going up on Sunday. Not a bad way to start the weekend off, though I wish I had a slot on a weekday.
gajknight avatargajknight
PB&J sandwiches. Saturday morning cartoons. A blanket. Ominous sounds coming from the next room. Blood seeping from the walls. A dark figure standing in the corner, staring, watching. Darkness, everywhere. Such darkness. This is childhood.
Torchman avatarTorchman
Dear Namco, give me a proper localizer Super Robot Wars title. I need it in my viens, especially this
Mark Plechaty avatarMark Plechaty
more quickposts



Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme

Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo

Back to Top

We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -