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2023

9 June 2023
Spoiler warnings are no longer in effect on Fatal Frame IV articles, so if you've yet to play the game, please proceed with caution.

9 March 2023
Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse is officially out! Whether you're experiencing it for the first time or the fifty-first, let's take a moment to appreciate the commitment from the devs and enthusiasm from fans all over the world that made this remaster possible after so long. Thanks to everyone involved for making sure Mask of the Lunar Eclipse wouldn't be just another lost memory.

Over the next few days and weeks, we'll be working on Zero Wiki to bring articles up to date with the new official translation and add any new material from the game or art book. In the meantime, things might be a little messy, so please bear with us, and watch out for spoilers as you're browsing! If you'd like to help out as an editor, just let me know on Discord (linked in the sidebar) and I'll set you up with an account.

3 February 2023
To celebrate the release of the Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse remaster, The Lost Village is running a fanfiction contest! The author of the winning fic will receive a complete Japanese MotLE goods box containing the soundtrack CD, "Rogetsu Isle Reminiscences" art book, and two folders. Four more participants will be chosen by random number generator to receive one item each from a second goods box.

To find out more, go here. I hope to see lots of people participating! Good luck!

9 February 2023
We're a month out from the release of Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse, and preorders are open on all platforms! The official sites have also updated with previews of new costumes that have been added to the game, and there's also a new story trailer to watch.

13 January 2023
Koei Tecmo have uploaded a developer commentary video for the Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse remaster. Producer Fukaya and series director Shibata play through a section of Chapter 4 (no major story spoilers) and talk about gameplay and what's new in the remaster. Shibata also discusses some of the inspirations that went into the story and design.

2022

27 December 2022
A few updates to see us into the new year:

  • Ruka's Marie Rose Outfit has been revealed: [1]
  • New preview of the premium goods, revealing the cover of the soundtrack and the design of the clear files: [2]
  • And a preview of the artbook, including the first page of the new story: [3]

It looks like the story is going to be about Ruka's friends Marie Shinomiya and Tomoe Nanamura!

13 December 2022

"We are thinking not only about this release, but also various developments in the future."
―Producer Fukaya Producer Messages

It's the 21st anniversary of Fatal Frame's release in Japan! Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse remaster producer Yutaka Fukaya and series director Makoto Shibata have recorded a message to fans as we count down to the game's release in March, and Producer Fukaya hinted that the dev team are considering more projects in the future! Let's all make sure to support the FF4 remaster as much as possible so we can continue seeing more Fatal Frame content for years to come.

The official sites have also been updated with secondary character profiles, setting pictures, and screenshots showcasing the Camera Obscura.

12 November 2022
Identity V social media accounts have posted a new promo image for their Fatal Frame II crossover event! Two lucky players who guess the characters correctly will be sent a crossover package.

31 October 2022
The leaks from yesterday are now confirmed! The official websites have all updated with new information, and the game's official release date is 9 March 2023. Check out the overview trailer here! The websites also have a first look at photo mode and two of the new costumes, and information about the Digital Deluxe Edition. (I know some of you out there will be happy to see that Choshiro will be getting a swimsuit costume!) There will also be bonus costumes and accessories for early purchase, and the Camera Obscura Hat from the FF5 remaster will return for anyone who has FF5 save data on the same device they use for FF4.

For Western fans who plan to import a physical copy, I recommend checking the Japanese site, which has previews of the preorder bonuses different stores will be including. A set of premium goods, containing the clear files, art book and soundtrack CD announced at TGS, will also be available in Japan; you will be able to buy the game alone for 6380円, the goods alone for 5700円, or a premium box containing everything for 12,080円. Choose wisely! EDIT 5/11: You can also check this handy preorder guide by Daedalus, which explains everything.

30 October 2022
A video apparently showing an early version of the Japanese FF4 box art has appeared on Bilibili (YouTube backup here). This may be from an industry event, as the cover displays the recommended pricing and other sales information. None of this info is officially confirmed, but according to the box, the game will be released on 9 March 2023, with a recommended retail price of 6380 yen. The back cover also advertises a "Premium Box" (containing the official soundtrack CD, clear files and artbook announced earlier) for 12,080 yen with the game, and 5700 yen for the goods alone. The back cover also features images of new costumes and photo mode.

17 September 2022
Mask of the Lunar Eclipse was featured in Koei Tecmo's TGS live presentation. There wasn't much new information shown, but at the end they did announce that FF4 would be getting some official merchandise: an artbook with a short story, a soundtrack CD with download code, and a clear file set. According to GameWith, "The newly written short story will include 'a certain character's secret story' that has not yet been told."

13 September 2022
After almost fifteen years, it's finally happening - Nintendo just announced that Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse is getting a remaster, to come out in ALL REGIONS in early 2023! Confirmed for Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Steam!

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2 July 2022
Mobile game Identity V has announced an upcoming Fatal Frame II crossover event! Why now? Why this? Nobody knows! But it definitely looks pretty. Check out the announcement and promo video:

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8 June 2022
Christophe Gans has given an update on the (hopefully) upcoming Hollywood Fatal Frame movie! In an interview with JeuxVideo.com, reported on Bloody Disgusting, he said the script is ready and he hopes for a 2024 release. So do we!

31 March 2022
Japanese site PickUPs! has a new interview with Makoto Shibata and Keisuke Kikuchi, in which they discuss the success of the Fatal Frame series overseas, its unique approach to horror, and their experiences with the Screaming Ambulance, Zero Edition attraction in December. Rough English translation here.

31 January 2022
Koei Tecmo announces that the Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water remaster sold 340,000 copies by the end of 2021! Wikipedia reports that the original Wii U exclusive sold only 46,000 copies in 2014; even assuming the global release in 2015 doubled or tripled those numbers, this would still be a significant increase. Hopefully this means good things for the future of the series!

2021

30th December 2021
In a brief end-of-year interview with 4gamer, Keisuke Kikuchi thanks Fatal Frame fans, and hints that he is working on something new for 2022. It's not clear if this is Fatal Frame-related or not, but let's keep our fingers crossed!

<質問4>2022年に向けての抱負、また4Gamer読者に向けてのメッセージをお願いします。 Question 4: What are your aspirations for 2022, and what is your message to the readers of 4Gamer?
2021年は、零シリーズ20周年として、「零 ~濡鴉ノ巫女~」をリリースさせていただきました。当初1作限りと考えていたホラーゲームが、長い間続けてこられたのも、みなさまのお陰です。本当にありがとうございました。2022年は、今までとはまた違った新しいことに挑戦しています。発表できるのはまだ先になりそうですが、試行錯誤しながら、楽しいものを創りたいと思います。 In 2021, for the 20th anniversary of the Zero series, we released "Zero: Nuregarasu no Miko". It is thanks to all of you that we have been able to continue this horror game for so long, even though we originally thought it would only be one game. Thank you very much.

In 2022, we are attempting something new and different from what we have done so far. It will be a long time before we can announce it, but we hope to create something fun through trial and error.

19th December 2021
Download Click the arrow button to hear a special 20th anniversary message from Rumiko Varnes (voice of Miku Hinasaki) to the Fatal Frame fandom! Many thanks to Ms. Varnes for taking the time to record this, and to Cradle Under the Star and Reslari from Discord for setting it up.

13th December 2021
Koei-Tecmo and Kowagara Setai announce a temporary Fatal Frame-themed haunted house attraction: Screaming Ambulance, Zero Edition. The attraction will appear at Yomiuriland, Tokyo on the weekend of 18-19 December 2021.