Fatal Frame 4 - The Wii Gets a Dark Spark!

#1 Edited by Linkyshinks (9881 posts) -


Taken from Blog


Fatal Frame 4: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse














Fatal Frame 4

Tecmo have unveiled a spooky new trailer from the fourth installment of Fatal Frame, exclusively for Wii.

Trailer:
  


Primarily in development by Tecmo, with help from the legendary Suda51 who I love.  His team at Grasshopper Manufacture, aims to inject a cold chilling dose of horror into the bright and colourful world of the Wii.

Fatal Frame IV follows the story of five girls who were held hostage 10 years prior to current events. Eventually they all came out safe and sound, rescued by a detective known as Choushiro Kirishima. However, several years later two of the girls mysteriously died and now the 3 remaining lasses return to where they were held captive to find out what happened.

Arrgggh not now!, I'm not looking my best


The official Japanese Nintendo site has an interview with the creators Makoto Shibata and Keisuke Kikuchi,















Details from the interview above translated in English:


- When writing the prototype for the original game, Shibata wanted to include two main ideas. Firstly, he wanted the game to be set in traditional Japanese houses, as he intended to use the numerous dark, hidden places these buildings usually contain to waken profound fears within the player. Secondly, he wanted to include ghosts, as well as a unique system to confine them via a camera. Why a camera ? Well, he explains that the ghosts are supposed to be so scary to look at directly, that he thought a ghost-trapping camera would be a good way to allow the character to fight the ghost without actually looking at him directly [basically, by putting a camera lens between the apparition and the character].

-Kikuchi was opposed to the camera idea at first. His vision of the way a character should fight a ghost in a Japanese-style horror story was a bit more "ceremonial" and involved something like the character shooting an exorcising arrow as well as casting some charm on the ghost to defeat it. However, he later found out that this camera idea was quite fitting for this project, and ended up approving it.

Shame be upon on you!























- This new game takes place on the fictional Rougetsutou island, within a half-western half-Japanese hotel, which served as a sanatorium in the past. On this island, a mystical ritual was performed every ten years by the autochthons as a Moon worshipping ceremonial, until the rituals stopped one day for mysterious reasons. Coincidentally to this, five young girls were abducted on the island, and later retrieved to safety by a detective. However, since the 5 victims had lost all memories related to these events, the case was closed.

The story of the game actually begins several years later, when the each of the 3 remaining victims choose to go back to the island to try to remember what happened to them many years ago. These 3 young women are the main characters of the game.


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- About the subtitle "Mask of the Lunar Eclipse" : in this game, it's actually the name of a mystical mask used during an ancient Moon worshipping ritual, and which is able to break apart people's memories.

- the basic concept of the game remains unchanged, but the gameplay has been "dramatically improved".

- Move the character with the nunchuk, direct the flashlight with the remote. Seems like it doesn't use a pointer at all, just the motion sensors, so you just have to move/incline the Wiimote up, down, right, or left to control the flashlight. After multiple experiments, they found out that this is the control scheme that better replicates the sensation of holding an actual flashlight. Works pretty well apparently.

- Third Person, behind-the-back view. You can walk or even run while moving the Wiimote to look around with the flashlight.

-About the stage design -> while the previous games in the series were taking place mainly in old traditional Japanese houses, this new game takes place in a mansion that blends Japanese style as well as Western style. The reason for this ? It's that while the traditional, Japanese livehood was usually just above the ground (and below the usual line-of-sight), the western-influenced livehood tends to place everyday objects higher from the ground )and closer to the line-of-sight), which they found out was a more practical level design for a 3rd person, behind-the-back game (basically, so the character shouldn't have to constantly look towards the ground to advance and explore...) , which is why they choosed to design the main level of the game around a type of building that is sporting this Western-influence.

- it might seem like a detail, but they actually adjusted very carefully the speed at which the character moves. They took into account both the complaints stating that the previous games were a bit too slow, and their belief that the character should move in accordance with the setting and the type of game it is in. See also this video.

- The theme of this project was "Feeling the fear with your body".They effectively endeavoured to use the intuitiveness of the controls in many ways to allow for more immersion. They also made use of features such as the Wiimote speaker, or the vibrations to enforce the immersion.

- Seems like they are pretty happy with the Nintendo-Grasshopper-Tecmo collaboration, although Kikuchi admits that it was a bit of a mess to take into account of the opinion of each and every one. They don't give many details on the roles of each company, but it sounds like Grasshopper in particular took care of defining the characters' actions/controls and overall personality, while Nintendo acted as an executive producer (they actually had a producer on the project).

-In conclusion, Kikuchi calls it pretty clearly the very best of the series in term of fear-inducing atmosphere, in term of volume, as well as in term of overall enjoyment. The game is apparently full of bonus content, which they declined to reveal for now (could we expect crazy stuff Made in Grasshopper ?...).

Looks pretty fucking awesome huh? 

The game is due out in Japan on July 31st 2008.
If you send these pics to the Enquirer I will snap your throat like a f**king breadstick!

















I am in the process of grabbing more video that is available on the Japanese site, I will be sure to post it here when I am done, 
Linkyshinks



#2 Posted by epic_pets (1339 posts) -

sounds amazing

#3 Posted by Happy_Cloud (190 posts) -

Will it be released outside of Japan?

#4 Posted by PaperMario (47 posts) -

I've enjoyed watching the 4Player Podcast play the earlier games on justin.tv. It's amazing how the games really can be scary. I look forward to Famitsu's rating.

#5 Posted by Kowalski (262 posts) -

Fatal Frame IV might be the best one in the series, and Fatal Frame is an awesome horror series. I am very excited. FFIV is way up on my Wii list.

#6 Edited by PaperMario (47 posts) -
Linkyshinks said:
The unfortunate thing is that the publisher might yet again be Ubisoft, as with NMH.
Are you worried Ubisoft might mess with the game itself ("Why not use more bright, cheerful colors?") or are you afraid their reputation for releasing some crappy games might make newcomers to the series think, "Um, Ubisoft...must be crap!" and therefore hurt sales?
#7 Posted by PaperPlain (243 posts) -

Dang I'm really excited.

#8 Posted by Black_Rose (7785 posts) -
PaperMario said:
"Linkyshinks said:
The unfortunate thing is that the publisher might yet again be Ubisoft, as with NMH.
Are you worried Ubisoft might mess with the game itself ("Why not use more bright, cheerful colors?") or are you afraid their reputation for releasing some crappy games might make newcomers to the series think, "Um, Ubisoft...must be crap!" and therefore hurt sales?
"
No the fact is that they wont advertise it much like it happened with NMH
#9 Posted by Termite (2398 posts) -

Man I've seen people play this game here in Japan. Creeps the hell outta me

#10 Posted by Happy_Cloud (190 posts) -

Ubisoft should never touch the Wii again.

#11 Edited by robbob88 (326 posts) -

Wow this actually looks pretty good. But that music is really asian and I dont like it. No, Im not racist.

#12 Posted by RedSox8933 (2428 posts) -

i'll pick this game up for sure.

#13 Posted by PaperMario (47 posts) -

I suppose everyone probably already read the following blurb on GoNintendo. The gist of it is Nintendo of America's Denise Kaigler (vice president of marketing and corporate affairs) doesn't know Fatal Frame from a hole in the ground.

http://gonintendo.com/?p=49924

#14 Posted by PaperMario (47 posts) -
Linkyshinks said:
It begs belief and speaks volumes about Nintendo right now.

The first paragraph of IGN's "Wii Best of E3" article speaks volumes too (I'm posting it in this thread because it mentions Fatal Frame):
by Matt Casamassina

July 25, 2008 - The Electronic Entertainment Expo 2008 is over and we couldn't be happier. Save for a few standout Wii products, it was one of the worst shows on record, a truth magnified by the fact that Nintendo itself seemed to have forgotten it still makes software for the hardcore crowd. The Big N is publishing the Wii-exclusive Fatal Frame in Japan. Capcom is making a new Monster Hunter title for the platform. There are new projects underway for the system by Retro Studios. There are rumors of a new Kid Icarus. And legendary producer Shigeru Miyamoto even confirmed that he is internally overseeing new Pikmin, Zelda and Mario titles for Wii. Yet, for some inexplicable reason, none of these projects were demonstrated during Nintendo's overproduced and underwhelming E3 2008 Media Briefing, an hour-plus dedicated to a handful of mostly uninspired titles.

Here's the link to the complete article:

http://wii.ign.com/articles/893/893266p1.html
#15 Posted by Dark_Link142 (377 posts) -

Looks intense. I hope this gets a release outside of Japan.

#16 Posted by robbob88 (326 posts) -
Dark_Link142 said:
"Looks intense. I hope this gets a release outside of Japan.
"
I think that its going to.
#17 Posted by FrozenVX (95 posts) -

The trailer just made me totally excited for the game! I've been waiting for another good  horror game on Wii!

#18 Posted by robbob88 (326 posts) -
FrozenVX said:
"The trailer just made me totally excited for the game! I've been waiting for another good  horror game on Wii!
"

Me too.
#19 Posted by SSbabel (1141 posts) -

I'm looking forward after seeing that trippy trailer, shit gotta keep my self posted on this one.
Cheers for vid and info. 

#20 Posted by Earthbounder (308 posts) -

It looks amazing! Hopefully it will also play as good as it looks.

#21 Posted by chazer127 (213 posts) -

Im adding this to my ever growing christmas list!

#22 Posted by PaperMario (47 posts) -

In case anyone hasn't already seen it, here's IGN's hands-on with the Japanese release. Thumbnail summary: they like the game but are disappointed with the controls (doesn't use the IR pointer!):

http://wii.ign.com/articles/895/895630p1.html

#23 Posted by Arkthemaniac (6535 posts) -
PaperMario said:
"In case anyone hasn't already seen it, here's IGN's hands-on with the Japanese release. Thumbnail summary: they like the game but are disappointed with the controls (doesn't use the IR pointer!):

http://wii.ign.com/articles/895/895630p1.html
"
I saw that too. It's really disappointing that Nintendo is getting upstaged by EA when it comes to customizable controls on their own platform. By now, it should be mandatory.
#24 Posted by PaperMario (47 posts) -

How do you think they'll localize this game?

Japanese only, with English subtitles
English only
Choice of Japanese (with English subtitles) or English

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