Princess Connect! Re:Dive

Princess Connect! Re:Dive (Japanese: プリンセスコネクト!Re:Dive, Hepburn: Purinsesu Konekuto! Ridaibu) is a Japanese role-playing video game developed by Cygames. It was released in Japan on February 15, 2018 for Android and iOS, and on May 22, 2018 for Microsoft Windows via DMM Games.[3] Mobile version would later be released in other regions.

Princess Connect! Re:Dive
Princess Connect! Re:Dive logo
プリンセスコネクト!Re:Dive
(Purinsesu Konekuto! Ridaibu)
Created byCygames
Video game
DeveloperCygames
Publisher
Produced byYuito Kimura[1]
Music byKohei Tanaka[2]
GenreRole-playing
PlatformAndroid, iOS, Windows
ReleasedAndroid, iOS
  • JP: February 15, 2018
  • TW/HK/MAC: August 1, 2018
  • KR: March 28, 2019
  • CHN: April 17, 2020
  • TH: September 18, 2020
  • WW: January 19, 2021
Microsoft Windows
  • JP: May 22, 2018
Manga
Written byAsahiro Kakashi
Illustrated bywEshica/Shougo
Published byKodansha
MagazineCycomics
DemographicShōnen
Original runFebruary 18, 2018December 23, 2018
Volumes2
Anime television series
Directed byTakaomi Kanasaki[a]
Yasuo Iwamoto (season 2)
Written byTakaomi Kanasaki
Music byImagine[b]
StudioCygamesPictures
Licensed byCrunchyroll
Original networkTokyo MX, BS11, SUN, KBS Kyoto
Original run April 7, 2020 March 29, 2022
Episodes25 (List of episodes)
icon Anime and manga portal

The game was announced in August 2016 as a sequel to the social network game Princess Connect! (abbreviated as プリコネ, Prikone), which was released on February 18, 2015 and ended service in June 2016.[4]

The game was co-developed by CyberAgent and Ameba Business Division (Girl Friend Beta) and Cygames (Rage of Bahamut and Granblue Fantasy), by utilizing the strengths of both companies. It is a dating sim game that incorporates online RPG elements such as guild battles.

An anime television series adaptation produced by CygamesPictures aired from April to June 2020. A second season aired from January to March 2022.

On March 30, 2023, Crunchyroll, the publisher for the global version of the game, announced that the game would be ending service on April 30.[5]

Gameplay

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Princess Connect! Re:Dive is a real-time action role-playing game. Players can form a party of up to five characters to participate in various modes such as main quests and player versus player (PvP) arena modes. New characters can be obtained via a gacha mechanic or can be exchanged with character-specific Memory Pieces (the latter is not possible for event-exclusive characters). Players are also able to form clans to qualify for participation in Clan Battles, which are similar to raid battles in a typical massively multiplayer online role-playing game, or freely chat with one another using text or in-game emojis in the clan room.

Every playable character in the game has a regular attack, two Skills, an EX Skill, and one Union Burst. Players generally have no control over the activation of characters' skills and attacks, which are automatically activated at predetermined times based on character. EX Skills are stat-gaining skills that are activated on the start of each battle. A Union Burst is a powerful skill which, unlike other skills, can be manually activated by the player at any time the character's Union Burst Meter (also known as TP in-game) is full. However, all PvP arena modes are strictly on autoplay, where the character's Union Burst is activated as soon as their TP is fully charged.

Story

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After the events of Princess Connect!, the Twinkle Wish guild would ascend the Tower of Sol where they reach the very top and encounter Mana Senri who merged with Minerva. After wiping out Hiyori and Rei, Yuuki is severely injured and shields Yui from an attack before he is engulfed by Mana's attack. Yuuki awakens in an unknown location and meets Ameth, who seems to be familiar with him. With no time, she sends him down to Landsol where he is given a vague mission that he must do.

Upon awakening, Yuuki has lost all memory. He is met by Kokkoro, a girl assigned by Ameth to be his guide on his adventures. Shortly afterwards he meets a swordswoman with a voracious appetite, whom the duo nickname Pecorine, and later a cat-beast race girl Karyl. The group founds the guild Gourmet Edifice with the goal of going on adventures while eating the food that Landsol has to offer. As for Yuuki, he is determined to recover his memories and complete the mission Ameth has in store for him.

Development

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As Cygames was in charge of Princess Connect! Character productions and the project started with the desire to make a sequel using these characters after obtaining permission. Since there was time during the update for the final story of Princess Connect!, it was decided to make Pecorine the lead role in the sequel Princess Connect! Re:Dive and to make an appearance in the ending of Princess Connect!.[6]

It was developed as an anime RPG that consists of two parts animation and game. Care was taken not to separate these two elements during the UI design and visuals adjustments. The main story animations are produced by WIT STUDIO. While the ending of the limited-time event and others are produced by CygamesPictures.[7]

On 21 August 2016, the game was announced at the Cygames NEXT 2016 new game presentation.[8][9]

Albums

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COCC-17361 PRICONNE CHARACTER SONG 01[10]
No. Title Vocals Composer Arrangement Lyrics Length
01 Lost Princess

Princess Connect! Re:Dive

Act 1 Main Theme

Anime Opening Theme

Pecorine (CV: M·A·O)

Kokkoro (CV: Miku Ito)

Karyl (CV: Rika Tachibana)

Kohei Tanaka Takayuki Negishi Shihori 4:43
02 つなぐもの

Princess Connect!

Act 2 Main Theme

Yui (CV: Risa Taneda)

Hiyori (CV: Nao Toyama)

Rei (CV: Saori Hayami)

Takayuki Tonegawa

Kazuya Saka

Dr.Usui

Kazuya Saka

Wicky.Recordings

Takayuki Tonegawa 4:13
オリジナルドラマ (Original Drama) Characters
03 「雨のち笑顔、ときどき空腹」(Ame Nochi Egao, Tokidoki Kūfuku) Pecorine (CV: M·A·O)

Kokkoro (CV: Miku Ito)

Karyl (CV: Rika Tachibana)

Yui (CV: Risa Taneda)

Hiyori (CV: Nao Toyama)

Rei (CV: Saori Hayami)

23:24
COCC-17362 PRICONNE CHARACTER SONG 02[11]
No. Title Vocals Composer Arrangement Lyrics Length
01 Connecting Happy!!

Ending Theme Song

Web Radio Theme Song

Pecorine (CV: M·A·O)

Kokkoro (CV: Miku Ito)

Karyl (CV: Rika Tachibana)

Sonosuke Takao (F.M.F) Yuki Nara (F.M.F) Aki Hata 3:56
02 えがおのマイホーム

(Egao no My Home)

Insert Song, Event ED

Saren (CV: Yui Horie)

Suzume (CV: Aoi Yuki)

Lucas (TRYTONELABO) Lucas (TRYTONELABO) Mitsu (TRYTONELABO) 4:04
オリジナルドラマ (Original Drama) Characters
03 「愛する貴女のお気に召すまま」(Aisuru Kijou no Okinimesu Mama)

オリジナルドラマ (Original Drama)

Pecorine (CV: M·A·O)

Kokkoro (CV: Miku Ito)

Karyl (CV: Rika Tachibana)

Saren (CV: Yui Horie)

Suzume (CV: Aoi Yuki)

20:15
COCC-17673 PRICONNE CHARACTER SONG 13
No. Title Vocals Composer Arrangement Lyrics Length
01 Mirage Game

Ending Theme Song

Web Radio Theme Song

Pecorine (CV: M·A·O)

Kokkoro (CV: Miku Ito)

Karyl (CV: Rika Tachibana)

Yui (CV: Risa Taneda)

Hiyori (CV: Nao Toyama)

Rei (CV: Saori Hayami)

Sheffy (CV: Reina Kondo)

Kohei Tanaka Yuki Nara (F.M.F) Aki Hata 3:56
02 Yes! Precious Harmony! Saren (CV: Yui Horie)

Suzume (CV: Aoi Yuki)

Lucas (TRYTONELABO) Lucas (TRYTONELABO) Mitsu (TRYTONELABO) 4:04

Absolute Secret

  • Vocals: Karyl (CV: Rika Tachibana)
  • Composer: Naozumi Mabuchi
  • Arranger: Naozumi Mabuchi
  • Lyricist: corochi (Cygames)

Ending theme for chapter 8

Media

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Manga

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A manga adaptation, written by Asahiro Kakashi and illustrated by wEshica/Shōgo, has been serialized online via Cygames' manga app Cycomics. Kodansha have published two tankōbon volumes as of February 2019.[12] A comic anthology featuring various artists was released on May 27, 2019.[13]

Anime

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An anime television series adaptation by CygamesPictures aired from April 7 to June 30, 2020. The series premiered in Japan on Tokyo MX, BS11, Sun TV, and KBS Kyoto before airing on other channels.[14] It was also simulcast in North America by Crunchyroll.[15] The series was directed by Takaomi Kanasaki with assistant directing by Kana Harufuji. Satomi Kurita, Lie Jun Yang and Yasuyuki Noda provided character designs.[14]

On August 13, 2020, it was announced that the series will receive a second season, with CygamesPictures returning for production.[16] It is directed by Yasuo Iwamoto, with Kanasaki serving as the chief director and scriptwriter. Mai Watanabe joins Kurita, Yang, and Noda to provide character designs, and Imagine is composing the series' music. The main cast will reprise their roles. The second season aired from January 11 to March 29, 2022.[17][18]

Video games

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PriConne: Grand Masters

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Was available from 1 to 8 April 2022 as an April Fools' limited Auto Chess type game.[19]

Several Princess Connect! Re:Dive characters featured in a collaboration event for the role-playing game Granblue Fantasy between December 9 and December 21, 2018. Pecorine and Kokkoro are both playable characters while Kyaru and the player character appear in the story.[20] The event was reintroduced permanently in 2019 with Kyaru also being made playable.

In November 5, 2020, it was announced that Pecorine would be featured in a collaboration event for Dragalia Lost.[21]

Web novel

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Princess Connect! - Princess Knight Sodatsusen (Japanese: プリンセスコネクト! 〜プリンセスナイト争奪戦〜) was a web novel of the prequel game Princess Connect! was released on Dengeki Online. Author by Ōta Riyō with the supervision of and co-produced by CyberAgent / Cygames.[22]

Notes

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  1. ^ Credited as Chief Director (総監督, Sō Kantoku) for the second season.
  2. ^ Akifumi Tada, Yasunori Nishiki, Shingo Nishimura, Kenta Higashiohji, Tsubasa Ito, Akihiro Honda, Yuki Shirai, Ryuta Kakiuchi

References

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  1. ^ @priconne_en (January 23, 2021). "With his vision to fuse gaming and anime, Producer Kimura Yuito can't wait to connect with all of you in this exclusive interview!" (Tweet). Retrieved November 8, 2021 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Pier (February 22, 2018). "Friendship is Magic in Princess Connect! Re:Dive for iOS and Android". Play-Asia. Retrieved November 8, 2021.
  3. ^ @priconne_redive (May 22, 2018). "DMM GAMES版の配信を開始!". Twitter (in Japanese). Retrieved January 28, 2022.
  4. ^ Romano, Sal (August 21, 2016). "Cygames announces anime RPG Princess Connect Re: Dive for smartphones". Gematsu. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  5. ^ "An Important Update Regarding Princess Connect! Re: Dive". Crunchyroll. March 30, 2023. Retrieved March 31, 2023.
  6. ^ 紅葉つかさ (February 15, 2020). "『プリコネR』木村プロデューサーに聞く2周年の歩み。ストーリーは第2章からが本番!? 新機能も実装!? - 電撃オンライン". dengekionline.
  7. ^ 岡崎純二 (August 28, 2018). "[CEDEC 2018]「プリンセスコネクト!Re:Dive」制作事例から学ぶ,UIを高速かつ高品質に作るためのプロトタイプ開発". jp.gamesindustry.biz.
  8. ^ "【発表会】「Cygames NEXT 2016」『ウマ娘』『LOST ORDER』など第二・三部で明かされた計7タイトルの発表内容をどこよりも詳細にお届け | gamebiz". August 23, 2016.
  9. ^ Romano, Sal (August 21, 2016). "Cygames announces anime RPG Princess Connect! Re: Dive for smartphones - Gematsu". gematsu.
  10. ^ "PRINCESS CONNECT! Re:Dive PRICONNE CHARACTER SONG 01 | COCC-17361 - VGMdb".
  11. ^ "PRINCESS CONNECT! Re:Dive PRICONNE CHARACTER SONG 02 | COCC-17362 - VGMdb".
  12. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (February 15, 2019). "Cygames' Princess Connect! Re:Dive Smartphone Game Gets TV Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  13. ^ プリンセスコネクト!Re:Dive 電撃コミックアンソロジー (電撃コミックスEX). ASIN 4049123762.
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  15. ^ Mateo, Alex (April 2, 2020). "Crunchyroll to Stream Dropkick on My Devil!! Dash, Tsugumomo2, More Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 7, 2020.
  16. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (August 13, 2020). "Princess Connect! Re:Dive Anime Gets 2nd Season". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 13, 2020.
  17. ^ Loo, Egan (August 13, 2021). "Princess Connect! Re:Dive Season 2 Anime's 1st Video Reveals Staff, January Debut". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 13, 2021.
  18. ^ Mateo, Alex (December 8, 2021). "Princess Connect! Re:Dive Season 2 Anime's 2nd Promo Video Reveals January 10 Premiere". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 8, 2021.
  19. ^ "プリコネ!グランドマスターズ公式サイト | プリンセスコネクト!Re:Dive (プリコネR) | Cygames". プリコネ!グランドマスターズ公式サイト | プリンセスコネクト!Re:Dive (プリコネR) | Cygames (in Japanese). Retrieved October 25, 2022.
  20. ^ "Granblue Fantasy Previews Its Princess Connect! Re:Dive Collab And More For December 2018". Siliconera. December 3, 2018. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  21. ^ "Dragalia Lost getting Princess Connect! Re: Dive event". Nintendo Everything. November 5, 2020. Retrieved November 5, 2020.
  22. ^ "『プリンセスコネクト!』Webノベル第1話を公開 「はじまりはいつも波乱万丈」 - 電撃オンライン". 電撃オンライン (dengekionline).
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