Though we didn’t get Fatal Frame 4 in the States, the latest game from the horror series’ team at Tecmo Koei, Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir, will release here on April 13th — Friday the 13th, naturally.
Nintendo provided this description for the augmented reality (with the help of a special booklet) 3DS game:
Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir introduces a mysterious girl named Maya who has been hiding in the shadows of an old house. Players must help Maya break free from a terrifying curse by aiding her escape from the clutches of a malevolent woman in black. By using the Nintendo 3DS system’s built-in camera, players can view Maya in their own surroundings as the game’s eerie events unfold.
Included with the game is a 16-page AR Book, known as the “diary of faces” in the game’s Story Mode, which serves as a gateway into this haunting experience. As players view the book’s images through the lenses of the Nintendo 3DS camera, they enter its pages using augmented reality. At times, pages will come to life in the form of movies, revealing past events that offer insights into the mysteries surrounding the diary. In other moments, characters will emerge from the pages into the player’s world via augmented reality in the form of evil spirits that attack from all directions.
I’m curious to see if Nintendo of America will adopt the same budget pricing as the Japanese edition — Tetris Axis launched with a $29.99 tag, so it’s possible! I also wonder if we’ll get a subtitled or adapted version of the Japanese promotional short film.
Here is the first set of screens the publisher has put out for Spirit Camera. I’m unsure why they chose the more silly-looking images of the mask-wearing ghost boy instead of screens showing the creepier ghouls.
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