Fatal Frame 4: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse, the best-selling entry in Koei Tecmo’s survival horror series, is making its way to consoles and PC in early 2023.
While it wasn’t my favorite entry in the series by a longshot, it seems last year’s re-release of Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water must have sold well enough to warrant bringing another formerly Japan-only entry in the series to English-speaking audiences. During today’s Nintendo Direct broadcast, Koei Tecmo America announced plans to bring Fatal Frame 4: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse to consoles and PC next year.
Initially launched exclusively for the Wii in 2008, this marks the first official Western release for the survival horror title, which has become the best-selling entry in the series despite not seeing an English localization. As you’d expect, the upcoming remaster will feature improved graphics, along with other enhancements such as the addition of an all-new Photo Mode, cleaned-up cinematics, improved light and shadows, and updated costumes.
Here’s a rundown of the story courtesy of the publisher:
“Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse takes place a decade after five girls mysteriously disappeared at a festival on Rōgetsu Isle, an island in southern Japan. While all of the girls were eventually rescued, their memories were lost, with only the faint remembrance of a single melody and a seemingly possessed masked woman dancing in the moonlight. Now, ten years later, with still no memory of the events surrounding their disappearance, two of the five girls have died — discovered with covered faces and found in a tragic, crying pose. The remaining three girls now head off to the eerie island to solve the mystery of their friends’ death, while also unlocking the mystery of the memories left behind.”
Feeling brave? If so, check out the announcement trailer below: