Fatal Frame Producer Announcing New Title Soon

17 Jun

The best survival horror video game is coming out with a new game! I hope this one makes it to the U.S. this time.

Fatal Frame, Tecmo’s Japan-styled horror adventure series that hasn’t been seen in America for half a decade, might be making a comeback. In the latest issue of Japan’s Famitsu magazine, series producer Keisuke Kikuchi stated that he expects to unveil the title he and his team’s currently working on sooner than later.

“I can’t discuss exact details yet, but we are working hard on something right now,” Kikuchi told Famitsu. “I think we’ll be able to make an announcement soon, so I hope people look forward to it.”

First released on the Xbox and PlayStation 2 in 2002, the Fatal Frame series features survival-horror action that focuses on Japanese occult themes. The most recent title, Fatal Frame IV: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse, was launched for the Wii in 2008 but failed to receive an official overseas release. Nintendo showed media from a new Fatal Frame title back at September 2010 conference in Japan, but no further information has come out on the series since then.

Kikuchi’s announcement came in the middle of a longform interview with Tecmo Koei president Yoichi Erikawa and several other game producers. No other blockbuster news came out of the interview, which featured the company’s corral of game makers espousing on topics like social gaming, differences between the two companies in the development process, and how swell Sony’s upcoming NGP system is. “The hardware specs [on the NGP] are nice, but I’m more interested in the GPS and the always-on 3G connection,” said Akihiro Suzuki, designer on Trinity and several Dynasty Warriors games. “The fact you can get your current location via GPS gives extra meaning to carrying the system around with you, which is something I think can be taken advantage of in gameplay. Looking at it that way, I think a lot of interesting stuff can be made on it.”

Erikawa noted that although his company — formed by the merger of Koei and Tecmo in 2009 — has yet to really combine its development staffs into one coherent outfit, that will change soon with the release of Ni-Oh and another, as-yet-unannounced cross-company project. “Both companies have individual specialties, and I’d like to see those expand,” he said. “Team Ninja games get a great deal of support in Europe and North America, while Koei’s titles are widely played all across Asia. I’d like to see more of our titles released on a worldwide basis when the time is right in the future, and I’d also like to see more collaborative titles with other makers.”

via Fatal Frame Producer Announcing New Title Soon.

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One Response to “Fatal Frame Producer Announcing New Title Soon”

  1. Eric Friday, June 17, 2011 at 5:56 am #

    Cool. Hopefully it’s released in the U.S. and also not restricted to just the Wii.

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