In April of 2014, it was revealed through the Japanese magazine Famitsu that Koei Tecmo and Nintendo are partnering again to develop a Wii U entry in the Fatal Frame series. Shigeru Miyamoto from Nintendo introduced the game at a special live-streamed event in July 2014. The game focuses heavily on water and takes place around Hikamiyama Mountain, also known as the Mountain of Death, inspired by the fabled Aokigahara forest (also called the Suicide Forest) where many people go to commit suicide. The areas in the game are very open and the largest in the series. Players will use the Wii U GamePad as the Camera Obscura to capture ghosts.
The main character, Yuuri Kozukata, works at an antique shop and is able to see the "shadow" of objects she touches and can bring people back from "shadow world." Yuuri's gift is the reason she distances herself from other people but she also uses it to help others find lost items or missing people when they come asking for help.
One day, a girl called Himino enters the store with a request for Yuuri to aid her in finding a friend that has gone missing in the forest near Mt. Hikamiyama, the Mountain of Death, where people go to commit suicide. People with such intentions enter the forest during the witching hour when the border between the world of the living and the hidden world of the shadows becomes blurred. It is said that those ending their own life there can die a clean, "proper" death and not become trapped as ghosts between worlds when committing suicide elsewhere.
According to the reveal trailer, both Yuuri and Himino enter the forest but at some point Yuuri sees Himino standing across a river with a knife to her throat, seemingly cutting it as the screen fades to black. Presumably the shrine maiden mentioned in the title is causing trouble in the area.
As had been heavily speculated since the Wii U's reveal, the game will utilize the Wii U GamePad's gyro-sensor to let it act as a real world analog to the Camera Obscura which the player can move around to capture ghosts in the game.
New to the series is a run feature that should speed up the character movement when necessary as the slow walk speed was often criticized in the previous games. The game features many open areas to explore, many of them outdoor locations while still featuring the unsettling indoor locations of manors and the like similar to previous games in the series.
The new Fatal Frame game will be the fourth Nintendo-exclusive release in the series. Fatal Frame IV: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse was the only title in the series to never be localized outside of Japan, while the Wii-exclusive remake of Fatal Frame II was released in Europe and Australia under the name Project Zero 2: Wii Edition. The only Nintendo-exclusive entry to receive worldwide release at this point is the Nintendo 3DS spin-off Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir. Plans for an international release of the new Fatal Frame have yet to be announced in any fashion.
The current common translation of the subtitle is The Black Haired Shrine Maiden or The Raven Haired Shrine Maiden but a more literal translation is The Wet Crow Shrine Maiden, referring to the game's antagonistic main ghost. The word Miko can also be interpreted as priestess. Nuregarasu's literal translation "wet crow" is typically used to describe a specific hair color in a poetic way, thus the more fitting English alternative "raven hair." The black hair and the qualifier "wet" reinforce the thematic focus on water in the game, which is reflected in the Japanese logo artwork as well as the opening scene of the reveal trailer. No officially localized name has been announced.
Along with the game, multiple multimedia franchise tie-ins were announced such as a Japanese movie, a novel, a manga as well as a Hollywood movie adaptation. Most of these were detailed and revealed along with the game during a dedicated Fatal Frame event in Japan on July 17, 2014. More details on the Fatal Frame franchise page.
The Japanese movie adaptation by Kadokawa, Zero, features similar locations in a forest and a thematic focus on water and releases the day before the game hits Japanese stores shelves, opening up possibilities of potential story connections between the film and the game.