KLab Inc., a leader in online mobile games, together with BROCCOLI Co., Ltd., announced plans for the worldwide release of smartphone rhythm game Utano*Princesama Shining Live in early 2018. The announcement was followed by the launch of the official Facebook and Twitter accounts for the global version of the game.
Building on the success of the Japanese release, the global version of the game will be fully localized into English and Traditional Chinese, with a Simplified Chinese version planned for simultaneous release in Mainland China.
About Utano * Princesama Shining Live
Utano * Princesama Shining Live is a rhythm game for Android and iOS mobile devices based on BROCCOLI’s Utano * Princesama series. With over 2 million downloads in the domestic market, the Japanese version of the game has found success with fans across the country since launching on August 28, 2017.
Utano ? Princesama is a visual novel series that began as a portable console game. The series now spans multiple anime seasons, manga, drama CDs, live concerts, and much more.
Utano * Princesama Shining Live features 11 idols from the groups STARISH and QUARTET NIGHT. Players can set their favorite idol to appear on their home screen and tap him to see his various reactions and watch his affection go up, as well as form personalized teams to play songs in a rhythm game. The rhythm game component allows players to train their own original unit of idols as they play a suite of songs from the Utano * Princesama series at multiple difficulty levels. Players can also unlock stories starring the characters. The game transcends the boundaries of traditional gaming with a special Camera Mode that takes advantage of AR technology, giving players the chance to take photos with their favorite pop stars whenever, wherever.
Opening Act Social Media Campaign
A series of special events leading up to the launch of the game were unveiled along with the announcement. Players are encouraged to follow either the official Twitter or Facebook account (or both!) to participate in these events, as well as receive the latest updates on the upcoming title. The Opening Act Social Media Campaign is now being held worldwide, except in Japan where the game is already available and in Mainland China, where a separate series of events will be held. All players will receive increasingly extravagant gifts when the game is released based on the number of people who follow the game’s official accounts.
Details can be found below, as well as on the official website which opened earlier today.
Event Campaign Schedule
Starts on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 and lasts until the game’s release (UTC+9)
How to Sign Up
All players will receive a special ticket that guarantees them a UR character of their choice when the game is launched. Players will be able to obtain up to 300 Prisms by clearing the following pre-launch missions.
–Prisms are a type of in-game currency used in Utano*Princesama Shining Live to acquire new characters, unlock new content, and more.
Shining Live Pre-Launch Missions
In addition to the choose your UR ticket prize, all players have the chance to receive up to 300 extra Prisms depending on the number of people who follow the game’s official accounts before launch.
– Step 1: 100 Prisms (achieved at a total of 5,000 followers across Twitter and Facebook)
– Step 2: 100 Prisms (achieved at a total of 10,000 followers across Twitter and Facebook)
– Step 3: 100 Prisms (achieved at a total of 25,000 followers across Twitter and Facebook)
Poster Giveaway Contest
As part of the excitement leading up to the global release of the game, fans will be given the opportunity to enter a contest to win one of 11 commemorative posters from the Utano*Princesama Shining Countdown Live 2017-2018 campaign. To enter, fans are simply asked to follow the official Twitter and retweet the contest tweet. Each of the 11 posters will feature one idol, and the 11 lucky winners will receive one of these at random.
Features of Utano * Princesama Shining Live
1. Multiple hits from the Utapri series! Turn your smartphone into a star-studded stage whenever you want!
Utano * Princesama Shining Live is a rhythm game featuring simple, intuitive controls that gives players the chance to enjoy the greatest hits from the popular series. Create your own personalized idol unit and utilize their unique skills to rack up points and rewards.
2. Watch stories and scenes starring your idols and their daily routines unfold before your eyes in vivid detail!
Check up on your idols and their idol lives via new stories and scenes updated regularly! Players can check up on the members of their group, or even transcend group boundaries to mix and mingle with the stars, as well as enjoy a variety of stage outfits that are sure to catch the eye of any watchful fashionista.
3. Interact and communicate with fully animated idols!
Meet your favorite idols whenever you want! The realistic appeal of these idols extends beyond simple scripts–a variety of facial expressions turns these idols into realistic communication partners. When you get close enough, you may start to notice certain changes in their behavior and what they say!
The game stars the original cast from the games and anime series, with fully voiced unlockable side stories and more aural surprises in store.
Otoya Ittoki (Voice: Takuma Terashima)
Masato Hijirikawa (Voice: Kenichi Suzumura)
Natsuki Shinomiya (Voice: Kisho Taniyama)
Tokiya Ichinose (Voice: Mamoru Miyano)
Ren Jinguji (Voice: Junichi Suwabe)
Syo Kurusu (Voice: Hiro Shimono)
Cecil Aijima (Voice: Kohsuke Toriumi)
Reiji Kotobuki (Voice: Showtaro Morikubo)
Ranmaru Kurosaki (Voice: Tatsuhisa Suzuki)
Ai Mikaze (Voice: Shouta Aoi)
Camus (Voice: Tomoaki Maeno)
Utano * Princesama Shining Live Overview
Title: Utano*Princesama Shining Live
Supported OSes: Android 4.4+, iOS 9.0+
- Not available on some devices.
Genre: Rhythm game
Price: Free-to-play (In-app purchases available)
Supported Regions: Global (Excludes Japan)
Supported Languages: English and Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese (Mainland China)
Official Website: https://www.utapri-shining-live.com/
Official Twitter Account: @shininglive_en
Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ShiningLiveEN
Tiffany "CeissaDesiste" Toms
Long time female gamer who has been playing all genres since the Atari 2600 and Commodore 64 days. Freelance Graphic Artist, Web Designer, Beta Tester, and studied one year of Game Design. I play games on PC, PS4, PS3, Wii, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, 3DS, Xbox 360, PSVita, and Android. Freelance Writer, Reviewer, and News Editor/Asst. Director for Anjel Syndicate since the site launched! Part time employee of a major video game retailer.