Here is a sequel I never thought we would see, but Nintendo and Tecmo Koei are once again teaming up to create another Fatal Frame game. For those who have never had the pleasure, the horror series is often cited as one of the scariest on the market, an opinion I can wholeheartedly agree with.
Neither company has announced a title for the game yet, but it will be released exclusively for the Wii U. Altogether, this will make it the fifth game in the main series, and the first to be released for the next-generation of consoles. No doubt, Nintendo and Tecmo Koei intend to take full advantage of the GamePad and camera functions considering the series’ main mechanic is that of photography.
Don’t just expect a game out of this recent revival either. Tecmo Koei is taking its series the old-school route into full multimedia fashion with live action films, comics, and novels to go along with the newest Fatal Frame game.
And before you ask, no, the game won’t ever be ported to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Nintendo purchased the publishing rights for Fatal Frame from Tecmo Koei a while back, and the games have been exclusive to Nintendo consoles ever since. Of course, the games have nothing to do with the Nintendo line-up, but the series landed them the a small but vocal community.
The bigger question is whether this game will ever make it stateside. Nintendo of Japan and Tecmo Koei have never had a problem crossing the line into Mature rated games, but Fatal Frame goes against the squeaky family friendly image Nintendo of America often strives for. The last two games in the series, Fatal Frame IV: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse and the Wii remake of Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly were never released in English.
Of course, those were both on the successful Wii system, and Nintendo didn’t exactly need the Fatal Frame fans back then. Nowadays though, the company needs all the help it can get, and if it wants to break this routine of mascot oriented platformers, it now has the perfect title to do so with.
Let’s see it happen, Nintendo!
Those interested in the series can find the first three available through the PlayStation Network on the PlayStation 3. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly is a favorite of mine, and it is generally regarded as the best.