Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA (lost demo of PlayStation Portable rhythm game; 2008)
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA is a series of Japanese rhythm games developed by Sega in collaboration with Crypton Future Media. The series makes use of the VOCALOID software, a virtual voice synthesizer, and songs created using the VOCALOID software.
In 2008, SEGA announced a new project known as 初音ミク -Project DIVA-, a website for the game was then launched on August 31st, 2008. The website contained information about the game, along with new content that was going to be featured in the game. In September 2008, a demo of the game was apparently leaked, then quickly got taken down by SEGA.
The demo supposedly contained five playable songs and the animations were much choppier than the final version. The charts of the demo appear to be different from the final charts as well. It may have been possible that you could change the sprite of the note to different things such as a star, music note, etc. Apparently, SEGA had different plans than what appeared in the final, there may have been plans for content such as:
- Free DLC
- An online VS mode
- A story mode
Tokyo Game Show
In TGS 2008, SEGA showed off previews of what was to come of the game, it featured some content such as new PV previews, new modules and characters (Kagamine Rin and Len) and new animations created for the game, which appear to be motion captured much like the final version. Most of what was shown of was already featured on the game's website. This video contains what was shown off at TGS.
Apparently, the demo had about 5 songs, though some sources imply there were actually about 8 songs that were supposedly in the demo:
|ストロボナイツ (Strobe Nights)|
|貴方に花を 私に唄を (Flowers for You, Songs for Me)|
|恋スルVOC@LOID (VOC@LOID in Love)|
|ブラック★ロックシューター (Black Rock Shooter)|
|ワールドイズマイン (World is Mine)|
|Last Night, Good Night|
|みくみくにしてあげる♪ (I'll Miku-Miku You♪ (For Reals))|
|Dreaming Leaf -ユメミルコトノハ- (Dreaming Leaf -Dreaming Words-)|
Please be aware these aren't in any specific order, as any screenshots of the songs select were never released.
On November 6th, 2014 ProjectDIVA.net user St0n3 started a thread on the beta and claimed that someone had leaked the demo back in 2008 and that it was only available for a short period of time, and then asked if someone on the site had a link to it. Another user replies with clues on what the ISO name could be saying he has found share DB hashes that show when the file was uploaded (2008) but claims his PC is not setup to download from SHARE. He also claims he found another ISO which is 143MB in size on Usenet, a discussion platform. However, the ISO apparently only had a video file, eventually it will ask you to quit the game. The video was apparently over 13 minutes long and just showed preview footage. This ISO was apparently up on the Playstation Store in 2008 as a preview for the game.
- Unseen64 page with beta with screenshots and information of the game's demo. Retrieved 05 Oct '20
- Footage of the demo from TGS 2008. Retrieved 06 Oct '20
- ProjectDIVA.net forum thread on the search for the demo. Retrieved 06 Oct '20