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Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water, the fifth entry into the acclaimed Fatal Frame franchise, is on its way to PC, last-gen and new-gen consoles, as per the announcement in Nintendo's E3 2021 conference.
Originally released for the Wii U in 2015, Maiden of Black Water is set on the fictional Hikami Mountain in Japan, a place which became notorious for tragic deaths and as an anchor to the other side through its numerous bodies of water. One of the duties of the Shinto shrine maidens that live there, who all share telepathic powers, is to ferry these troubled souls to a peaceful passing. However, it is clear that evil has poisoned the spirituality of this place, and it is the protagonists' role to restore balance and cleanse the site of the Black Water. Maiden of Black Water has three playable protagonists. Firstly, Yuri Kozukata is a teenager who is able to rescue souls from the shadow world and take into her plane of reality thanks to her relation to the Hikami shrine maidens. Secondly, author and friend Ren Hojo joins Yuri, as he is interested in Hikami for the basis of his new novel. Lastly, Miu Hinasaki appears, and she's investigating the disappearance of her mother Miku Hinasaki, who was another Fatal Frame heroine.
Check out the trailer for the upgraded version of Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water coming to modern consoles here.
In order to repel the hostile ghosts that are tied to this turbulent place, the player must use the Camera Obscura to take photos of the spirits. This esoteric camera exorcises the creatures and even allows the characters to communicate with friendlier ghosts who want to help them in their quest. In the Wii U version, the GamePad's gyro controls enabled the player to use that as a way of angling the camera for the most powerful attack. It wasn't stated specifically, but it is likely that this feature will remain for the newer versions of the game, especially as reviewers praised this element of the experience.
Moreover, it's getting "upgraded visuals," a Photo Mode and new outfits for the three protagonists. If you're yet to dip your toes into Fatal Frame, this is an excellent opportunity to dive in, and even previous players will look forward to the remaster. Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water comes to PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S in 2021.
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