Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water, which is the 5th game in the cult classic Fatal Frame series(also known as Project Zero in Japan), is getting a remaster on current-gen consoles and PC. The remaster is confirmed to be getting new content exclusive to it, like entirely new costumes and a Photo mode, but it has also been confirmed through Koei Tecmo’s website that special costumes from the WII U version like Zero Suit Samus and Princess Zelda won’t be making it into the remaster likely due to the fact that Nintendo wants to avoid seeing their IPs portrayed on anything other than Nintendo’s own hardware. This would imply that you might be able to see these costumes in the Switch version of the game, however, that’s not the case as the Switch version will not be getting those costumes either.
The remaster on the other hand is launching with a ton of additional new costumes itself; these include Yuri’s ‘Punk Ensemble’, ‘Cutesy Goth Ensemble (Black)’, ‘Swimsuit (Blue)’, and the ‘Triathlon Suit’ as well as Miu’s ‘Miku Hinasaki Outfit (The Tormented)’, ‘Cutesy Goth Ensemble (White)’, ‘Swimsuit (Yellow)’, and ‘Swimsuit (Pink)’, along with Ren’s ‘Groom’s Outfit’. An early purchase bonus is also planned, featuring an outfit and hat based on Ryza from Atelier Ryza.
Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water remaster is coming out this Halloween on the 28th of October; it originally came out on the Wii U back in 2014 as an exclusive digital title with a physical release limited only to Japan, since then the series has been on a lengthy hiatus for the last 7 years, only seeing the light of day now with this remaster. It has also been stated by Series Producer Keisuke Kikuchi that the success of the remaster may very well lead to a new game in the series, stating that:
“We’re releasing this game to commemorate the series’ 20th anniversary, and we’re hoping a lot of fans will take the opportunity to play the game. We’d love this to lead to a new title.”
Personally, as a fan of the series who recently got into Fatal Frame only less than a year ago, I’d be over the moon for another game in this massively underrated horror franchise. The series reached a much-beloved status in the PS2 era being one of the console’s hallmark horror franchises but has since declined into obscurity since the Wii era which is incredibly depressing to witness considering this is a series that once stood alongside giants like Silent Hill and Resident Evil. So I feel nothing but hope for the success of this remaster.
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