Maiden of Black Water Terrifies Us This October

Grab Your Camera In Fatal Frame This October


Maiden of Black Water | Featured

This is news I’ve been eagerly anticipating since E3 of this year. When Nintendo announced Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water was coming to Switch, I nearly did backflips of joy. But the news is more exciting than a release date for a solitary console. The enhanced edition of Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is also coming to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Series X|S this October 28th! Perfect time for some spooky adventures.

For clarity’s sake, I should specify that this release of Maiden of Black Water, though welcome, is going to be digital in the West. So those that want physical editions will need to look in other regions. But with that out of the way, I’m incredibly excited to finally try this Fatal Frame. Especially since when it first came out as a Wii U exclusive, it was too big to play on that console. At least without significant external memory.

Maiden of Black Water | Mystery

If you’re unfamiliar with the game, please read the following details:

Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is an enhanced version of the 2014 Wii U release of the same name, allowing players on all platforms to enjoy this unique horror experience. Players will step into the shoes of Yuri Kozukata, Ren Hojo, and Miu Hinasaki as they venture up the eerie Mt. Hikami in hopes of finding those who have previously disappeared. In order to overcome the malevolent spirits housed in the mountain’s waters, they will have to master the Camera Obscura – a unique camera that can deal damage to ghosts upon taking a photo. Each successful shot will cause a spirit to emit Spirit Fragments and if players are able to capture an image of the ghost and these mysterious fragments in the same frame, they will unleash a high-damage Fatal Frame attack. Upgrading the camera’s parts, such as equipping a stronger lens or changing out the film, allows more powerful images to be taken, giving players more protection as they venture further up the mountain. When a ghost has been defeated, the camera is able to perform the Glancing ability to uncover the ghost’s past – helping to uncover the truth behind the disappearances on the mountain.

Maiden of Black Water | Costume 1

As for what’s new in the latest release of the game, that’s primarily the Photo Mode. You can stage any character or ghost from the game, moving around their location on game backgrounds. You can also use various visual effects to make ideal terrifying photos for your loving scrapbooks. The game also includes new costumes and even accessories. So you can be fashionable while defeating horrible specters.

Maiden of Black Water | Costume 2

Also, since this release happens during the series 20th anniversary, Koei Tecmo America revealed a Digital Deluxe Edition. It comes packed with a game copy, digital artbook and costumes inspired from other characters from the series. These include Mio Amakura, Rei Kurosawa, Mayu Amakura and more to enjoy.

Maiden of Black Water | Spirit

Also, those who pre-order Maiden of Black Water or buy it within 2 weeks of launch will get a special costume. It’s a Ryza costume from the original Atelier Ryza. So you can put on a alchemist suit and fancy hat.

Maiden of Black Water | Attack

Words honestly cannot express how personally excited I am for Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water. Be sure to check it out for spooky fun this October. And stay tuned to HPP for more games that make you jump!

Josh Speer
Got my start in the industry at oprainfall, but been a game fanatic since I was young. Indie / niche advocate and fan of classics like Mega Man, Castlevania and Super Metroid. Enjoys many genres, including platformers, turn based / tactical RPGs, rhythm and much more. Champion of PAX West and Knight of E3.

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