If you get lost, come on home to black water.
One of the more pleasant surprises to come from the E3 Nintendo Direct was that KOEI TECMO is updating 2014’s Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water. We now know the game will be released for Switch, other consoles, and Windows PC on October 28th, 2021, in North America.
Not only is the horror adventure appropriate for the Halloween season, but it comes with costumes, too! To celebrate the franchise’s 20th anniversary, KOEI TECMO America is offering a special Digital Deluxe Edition that comes with six costumes inspired from previous characters in the series (not to mention a digital art book). These include the Mio Amakura and Rei Kurosawa outfits for Yuri, the Mayu Amakura and two Miku Hinasaki outfits for Miu, and the Kei Amakura outfit for Ren.
The winner of the best costume contest, however, may go to Reisalin Stout. Those who pre-order Maiden of Black Water or buy the game within two weeks of launch will get a special Ryza costume from Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout.
As for the game itself, in Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water, players…
…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.
The enhanced version will feature a brand-new Photo Mode where players can use any character or ghost from their adventure, position them on a background of their choice, while adding a variety of effects (lens type, frame choice, focus, etc.) to make the perfect scary photo. In addition to the items mentioned above, new costumes and accessories 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’.
More information on Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is available at koeitecmoamerica.com/fatalframe/mobw/.