Those on the fence about Sega’s Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F rhythm game may now be swayed by GameStop’s pre-order release bonuses. In addition to two snow themed costumes for the titular Miku to wear during the game, GameStop will also give away a custom PS3 Hatsune Miku theme with 10 unique backgrounds.
In case you’ve been living under a rock to avoid getting hit by the recent Japanese pop, music, and gaming culture wave (something I wouldn’t really blame you for), Hatsune Miku is the anime styled personification of the Yamaha Corporation’s Vocaloid 2 and Vocaloid 3 singing synthesizing technology. The Vocaloid program can be used to create singing vocals that feature a distinct robotic auto-tuned pitch while the virtual idol Hatsune Miku or the rest of the Vocaloid cast can be programmed to dance and sing along to such vocals. In short, Miku is like will.i.am but with more personality.
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F is the first release of Miku and Project Diva in the West, which shows how popular this niche franchise is becoming. Available starting August 27, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F features 38 popular Hatsune Miku songs (with a lucrative possibility of selling more through DLC) that you’ll have to press buttons to the rhythm of said songs. Hatsune Miku is customizable with over 90 outfits (+2 if you pre-order through GameStop) and 100 accessories. You can uses those items to create your own Miku videos in an Edit Mode or add Miku to your photos in a Studio Mode and share both online.
If auto-tuned singing idols become a big thing in the US, can we expect to see Ke$ha and will.i.am versions of this game? In a perfect world, probably not.