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The [email protected] Has New Idol-Producing PS3 Game in Production

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iMAS Channel PS3 app download also announced for October 2 release

Namco Bandai Games confirmed at The [email protected] 8th Anniversary Live event on Saturday that a new video game in The [email protected] franchise for the PlayStation 3 is in production. In the new game (as in the previous games), the player will produce the careers of idol singers.

Namco Bandai Games also began streaming a promotional video for a separate new iMAS Channel downloadable app for the PlayStation 3:

"The [email protected] contents and home app" will feature a "Shiny TV" segment, which will allow players to play a PlayStation 3 version of The [email protected] Shiny Festa rhythm games in high-definition. When the channel is downloaded, a new song titled “We Have a Dream” (as performed by the 765PRO ALLSTARS) will be available to play in the rhythm game for free.

The rest of the songs and characters will be released in 12 mini albums, which will be available for purchase for 1,500 yen (about US$15) each. New songs will be included in some of the mini albums. A new, revamped challenge mode will also be added that allows the idols to become television program hosts. The player's performance affects the television audience's reactions.

Another portion of the app is The [email protected]: Gravure For You! photographing mini-games that were included in each of The [email protected] anime's limited-edition Blu-ray Discs. A Trial Edition of the mini-games' first volume is available for free. The full version of Vol. 1 will cost 300 yen (US$3) and will let you photograph all 13 idols. Nine volumes will eventually be available.

The gallery portion of the app allows players to collect photos while playing within the channel, and the news segment is available for players to check the latest The [email protected] news.

The free-to-download app will debut on October 2.

Namco Bandai Games had already announced this month that it is developing another new title in The [email protected] franchise for the upcoming Sony PlayStation 4 console. Franchise producer Yōzō Sakagami had revealed on the game's official blog that a second, separate game is in production as well.

[Via Hachima Kikō]

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