Ryan Wilson

Corpse Party Coming to US (and UK) Shores

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If there is one thing I’ve learned in my neverending quest to find games to scare the pants off of me, it’s that the best ones can be found overseas.

Japan is the undisputed king of horror games. Fatal Frame, Silent Hill, Resident Evil, Yume Nikki, and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni all came from the Land of the Rising Sun into our hands through extensive localization efforts. Now, we can add Corpse Party to that list. Leading the localization charge is Xseed Games, the publisher that brought over Retro Game Challenge, Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls, and KORG DS-10.

Don’t let the 16-bit era graphics fool you, the game is absolutely terrifying. Corpse Party is a horror-adventure game that takes place in Kisaragi Academy, a high school built on top of the ruins of Heavenly Host Elementary School. Before being torn down, the elementary school was the site of numerous grisly murders. A group of attending high schoolers soon find themselves lost and separated in the old building after an earthquake hits the school.

Purists will be happy to know that localization will only consist of English text and subtitles. All Japanese voice acting will be left intact. While this might seem like an odd choice given the almost “visual novel” style of certain segments of the game, the game could lose a lot of its scare factor with a bad dub.

Corpse Party will hit US PSPs this Fall, with a European release following shortly after.

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