Dream Festival's '5D' Concerts Go On After Games Shut Down
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
The idols of Bandai Namco Group's Dream Festival! franchise might be on their way out with the smartphone game shutting down in a matter of days and its arcade game counterpart also heading out to pasture, but dammit the show must go on! The franchise's in-game idol groups DearDream and Kurofune are headlining a three-day, "5D" concert series in July.
The groups previously appeared at the DMM VR Theater in Yokohama for the "D-Four Production Presents DearDream & KUROFUNE DoriFes! Illusion" show in September, and this show is a repeat of those performances. There will be three screenings each day as well as collaboration snacks, drinks, and merchandise to buy. The show is strictly a virtual reality concert and doesn't include appearances by the actual voice actors of the characters.
Advanced tickets cost 5,400 yen (US$49) and will go on sale on May 11.
The Dream Festival! smartphone game of the all-male "2.5D idol project" debuted in 2016.
The premise of the project follows five aspiring male idols at a fictional talent agency. In the world of Dream Festival, fans support their idols with Dream Festival! Cards (a.k.a. "Dorika"). These cards unlock costume changes and special stage performances during the idols' performances.
The project's member companies include Bandai Namco Pictures, Bandai, Bandai Namco Rights Marketing (Bandai Channel), Lantis, Amuse, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Banpresto, and Beams. Many of these same companies are also involved in the Aikatsu! and Love Live! idol projects.
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