Tecmo Koei and Nintendo are hoping to recapture the success of ghost hunting game "Fatal Frame" with a new project on the Wii U.
"Fatal Frame" games charge their players with tracking down ghosts and apparitions, before defeating them by making use of an antique camera. This will be the first new entry in the influential survivor horror series for six years.
And the upcoming release could fit in with a resurgence in the survival horror genre, with the contemporary Slenderman mythos inspiring fan-made fright fests, with recent titles such as "Amnesia," "Outlast," "ZombiU," "DayZ," "Dead Space" and "Dark Souls" expanding on concepts established by "Resident Evil," "Silent Hill," "Clock Tower," "Alone in the Dark" and 2001's first "Fatal Frame."
Though not much is known about the game itself, preliminary details show that the property is still of significance to both partners, with a live-action film this fall, a novel in August, and a comic forming part of a cross-media strategy (as reported by Famitsu and spotted by Gematsu).
Nintendo's interest in the "Fatal Frame" series has previously manifested itself in 2008's Japanese-only "Fatal Frame IV" aka "Zero: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse" for the Wii, which made the Wii Remote control an on-screen torch, and 2012 Japanese and European spin-off "Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir" for the 3DS, which made use of the handheld's cameras in an augmented-reality twist on proceedings.
The series' critically acclaimed second game followed for the home console in 2012 as "Project Zero 2: Wii Edition."