Welp, was going to make a Thread about the missing DLC last year but due to various reasons this got delayed and turned into a full collection of missing/neglected stuff (as GOG was also missing updates)
Given how there's still questions and how explaining HDN is a large tangled web, I'm probably going to do one or two threads soon.
Apologies for this large post, I don't know if I could've made it smaller.
To answer some things, not just to the original posters but also in general:
@GOG: I noticed that all three Neptunia games have been updated - unfortunately no changelog. Any information on what has been updated?
Updated so they handle the new DLC, as a "side effect" we also got the Game Updates (afaik GOG never got a single update after launch)
Japanese's apparently available as Text Language now but needs to be set in the installer.
(On Steam you have Japanese and Chinese, switching via Steam's Properties redownloads like half of the game though Oo)
Not sure if Chinese's available as well.
Hmmm... I would have been happy to get those missing DLCs added to my originally bought "DLC pack" which never mentioned that it is incomplete ... I am torn here. Nice that it is even available here but not so nice that they want additional money for every DLC ....
It wasn't "incomplete", more like it was "overcomplete" with the 3 secret Dengeki DLCs.
When Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 launched in January 2015 it had the following DLC:
Histy's Trial Item
Histy's Beginner's Item
Fairy Fencer F Collaboration
Plutia Battle Entry
Peashy Battle Entry
Histoire Battle Entry
Additional Content 1
Additional Content 2
Additional Content 3
GOG had those as well, only issue was that the Free DLC was bundled with the paid one.
(which still is an issue and was also the case for Re;2 and 3, except there it's worse as the Free DLC is included with the game by default on Steam)
For some reason it had three more DLCs, those were removed with the update now though, more info down below.
(Allowance, DENGEKI Playstation(R) Collaboration Costume Set & DENGEKI Playstation(R) Collaboration Costume Set, Part 2)
On August 24th 2016, the Deluxe Pack fore Re;1 got added on Steam (together with the Deluxe Bundle, which is the game plus this DLC) which apparently was available to Japan since Launch/even as a Preorder.
The Deluxe Pack contains a Digital Artbook, PC Themepack and Soundtrack CD, so no in game content.
In May 2018, Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 Plus got released in Japan for the PS4.
This is essentially a port of Re;1 PC but with additional content.
(Characters from the newer games, adding some things to address issues like grinding)
It seems like IFI doesn't seem to plan to release Re;1+ in the West at the moment, but will release all the addons as individual DLC for the PC Version.
(Vita owners seem to be left empty handed while PS4 owners will probably have to wait a good while, not sure if Sony's Censorship put a hold to this)
As such, the individual upgrades have been sold as DLC , starting on the 05.09.2018 with the first batch (Tag Along, AV Club and Colosseum + Characters DLC)
While this was just for Re;1 initially, there have been DLC releases for all three games starting from the 16.04.2019
GOG finally got those in the second DLC Pack now.
It's worth noting that if my theory is correct, there will be even more DLC for Re;1 in the future.
I also expect Re;2 and 3 to get Plus remakes (and as such more DLC content) as the Vita's possibly nearing end of life, with it being the only way for Console Players to play Re;1-3.
I do question if the Survival Mode DLC works though as it's linked to a Steam Leaderboard and only rewards the top scoring players with items (terrible idea)
Hey.. at least you waited.. I bought the games and DLC on Stem... then here... then the 2nd wave of DLC (DLC pack 2) on Steam - at launch - when it wasn't bundled together with discounts... then VIIR and the DLC on Steam... now getting the 2nd wave DLC and VIIR here...
Being a Nep fan with no patience is an expensive hobby ><
Oh that must hurt ;)
But according to your description it seems that they always demanded additional money for the "new" DLCs that are now available here as well ... meaning there were always two packages or like you called them "waves". Makes it a bit easier for me to swallow that pill. Since you seem to be an insider, could you explain to me if the new game is a continuation of the story of the previous three Hyperdimension Neptunia games? I don't know the universe at all - just bought the games back then because I liked the art and idea ... did not even finish the first one so I don't even know if 1-3 are telling one story or seperate storys. Maybe you could enlighten me a bit :)
I switched over to Steam as well as I expected them to neglect this (asked a year ago and got told that Retroism did this as well as that they have no interest in this) as well as Steam having the Spinoff Titles.
Unfortunately, the Spinoff Titles, bar one, were done with other Japanese Developers. The one that wasn't is a crossover with characters that are the property of SEGA, and we all know their stance on DRM Free Stuff (they want to marry Denuvo at this point)
It's worth noting that the DLC is sold individually (as in each character/addon, although some like the Colosseum + Characters DLC exist) while GOG had them in Packs.
The question about the Story was already answered, although for completionist's sake, I'll list it here:
Re;1 is in a different Dimension and as such isn't linked to Re;2 and onward (although it's still a good game to start as the character personalities are more or less the same across the universe)
Re;2,3 & VIIR are a continuity, the main dimension is the same, although you'll be traveling between different Dimensions.
VII/VIIR isn't the roman numeral 7 but V II/V 2, a continuation of Victory/Re;3 V Generation.
Spinoffs all take place in their own Dimension.
While the continuity exists, I've heard that the games don't make too much use out of it, so one could just start out with any of them.
Okay, I am now officially confused.
I decided to continue to play Hyperdimension Neptunia 1 and the game suddenly informs me that the DLC additional content pack 4,5 and 6 have been activated. I did not buy any additional DLC and the package 5,4 and 6 are not listed in the DLC menu so I cannot deactivate them. Is this normal? Are these the new DLCs that should cost additional money?
First I thought that maybe the message is wrong but now I got three additional characters which seem to be part of these new DLCs (Kei Jinguji, Mina Nishizawa, and Chika Hakozaki).
Since the cat's out of the bag and this would be noticed sooner or later:
Yes, this seems to be a mistake, oddly enough those were the first three new DLCs released for Re;1.
4 (Characters following you in Dungeons, feature from VIIR) and 5 (view cutscenes again (Possible in all games after Re;1 from what I've heard)) are kind of things that should've been part of a update, although I doubt that they meant to include those here :P
You should be able to deactivate them in the DLC menu though, you'll have to scroll down as the list is a lot longer now.
It's worth noting that the DLC display is a bit odd now.
Before this update, DLC would show up as "Purchase Required" if you didn't have it.
Installing it automatically enabled the DLC, giving you a on/off toggle.
Setting the DLC to off made it show up as "Purchase Required" again, requiring you to manually edit the Neptune.ini file to renable it.
From what I know on Steam the game "phones home" to Steam to check if you own the DLC and then gives you the toggle ability.
Now, all DLC gets shown as on (won't actually work without the files though) and you manually need to toggle them off (once done it's saved in Neptune.ini though)