New Fatal Frame title coming to Wii U

Gare – Tuesday, April 22, 2014 11:46 PM
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A brand new Fatal Frame (in Europe: Project Zero) game is currently in development for the Wii U, Nintendo and Tecmo Koei recently announced. Although not much is known of the title at present, we do at least have an official acknowledgement of its existence, at the very least – and while the target platform comes as no huge surprise (the latest addition to the franchise debuted on the Wii as well), the more pressing question is whether or not a new horror title could potentially bring some energy into the seemingly dark era in the Wii U’s life cycle. Nonetheless, it comes as definite good news that the Wii U’s library will be receiving another – hopefully solid – entry to its library, something that it very much needs.

The original Fatal Frame debuted on Sony’s Playstation 2 back in 2001, during the hugely successful console’s infancy. The game and its several sequels were crafted in the tone of traditional Japanese horror movies such as The Grudge or The Ring, their stories dealing with ghosts, ancient curses and sacrificial rituals taking place in rural Japanese villages. Quite possibly the most unique aspect of each title in the series comes in the form of their battle systems, as the only way to defeat harmful ghosts is to take pictures of them with a supernatural camera of mystical powers. As the game switches to a haunting first person perspective every time we take out the camera, and ghosts usually need to be captured from up close, it probably requires no explanation why the franchise has terrified many a brave player over the years. The first episode was soon followed by two more sequels on the PS2, the fan favorite Crimson Butterfly and its follow-up, The Tormented. A fourth installment was also produced exclusively for the Wii – however, it ended up never being officially localized for Western audiences. Although it is not my intention to paint an overly pessimistic picture of the franchise’s Western future, it would – sadly – not surprise me if this new, recently-announced shared the same fate. Let’s just hope that I’m wrong.

Source: Gematsu

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