The same day as the currently airing THE iDOLM@STER anime's first volume arrives on Blu-Ray and DVD in Japan, THE iDOLM@STER 2 videogame is coming out for PS3, Famitsu reports.
They've added a beginner's difficulty level "Normal," but recommend "Hyper" for people who played the first game (or maybe the Xbox 360 version of 2, which has been out since February 24th). Besides that, a pile of downloadable content on 360 has been compiled into the PS3 disk—all the costumes, songs, and accessories from the 1-3 catalog packages. Finally, the theme song to the anime, "READY!!" is also included.
The regular edition will set you back 7980円 (about US $100) but for 19800円 (about US $250), there are quite an array of extras. You not only get the PS3 game itself, but also:
*A disk called Idolmaster Gravure For You! Volume 1 (which apparently allows you to take photographs of the idol girls at the beach—at least two more volumes are planned, with different photo-ops)
*A perfect limited edition Blu-Ray of the first volume of THE iDOLM@STER (anime)
*A box to hold all the eventual Blu-Rays of the anime
*The soundtrack to THE iDOLM@STER 2
*The most recent issue of [what may roughly translate as] Monthly Idol Pix (a magazine for fans of the idols)
For early pre-orders, a gift of film cut from the anime is thrown in for either version. October 27th!