Saga unfortunately very underestimated in the West, Project Zero (or Fatal Frame in the USA, or simply Zero in Japan… Do not look, there is nothing to understand) offers a rather original alternative to the endless jump scares of modern survival (yes, it’s you we’re looking at askance Resident Evil). Strong of an atmosphere between the Silent Hill Great Hours and Ring or Ju-On, Koei Tecmo’s horrifying title drags players into visceral horror, where cold sweats will leave your neck humic and hands shaking.
After 6 years spent under the radar, the saga of J-horror returns to terrify us with a remaster of its fifth opus, released in our latitudes in 2015 on Wii U. Do you remember the Wii U? But yes, this old dusty library where Nintendo will systematically draw its successes from the Switch … This di his controller lent itself rather well to the proposal of Project Zero, which requires you to defend yourself against attacks from evil spirits with a simple camera (joystick, gyroscope, camera, you are there). Trèves of digression, excellent news here, Project Zero: The Priestess of the Black Waters is back to haunt us on PC and consoles last and current-gen (PS4 & 5, Xbox One & Series, Switch).
A rather particular opus, since it was developed by Grasshopper Manufacture, the studio behind Killer 7 and No More Heroes. Although it was less appreciated by fans of the first hour of the series, who had questioned a weaker script than those of the previous episodes, the fact remains that this Project Zero 5 had been able to find his audience at the time of his release. No doubt it was due to his careful staging, and the beautiful moments of terror he had provoked.
What if it took us five long years to see the Priestess of the Black Waters coming back and sticking our scare at (Project) Zero, we might not have to wait that long to get a sequel. Indeed, according to the producer of the series, Keisuke Kikuchi, who recently interviewed with the Japanese magazine Famitsu, the series could make a comeback if the remaster expected at the end of October 2021 manages to acquire sufficient success. The latter said soberly:
We hope that many gamers will take this opportunity to play the game and it will lead to the next one.
Fatal Frame series producer Keisuke Kikuchi told Famitsu that a positive response to Maiden Of Black Water could lead to a sequel
— Nibel (@Nibellion) August 5, 2021
Of course, this should not be seen as a confirmation set in stone of the imminent arrival of a sequel. It sounds more like a claim that the show is not dead, or even a mantra of hope that Project Zero: The Priestess of the Black Waters does not end up swallowed up under piles of Fifa 20XX in the bins of dealers. Because let’s be realistic, even this opus n ° 5 can find its audience, we are probably years away from a probable sequel.
However, these words coming from one of the very prominent producers / directors at Koei Tecmo, we can still retain a semblance of hope. The hope of being able to be terrorized again by these vengeful spirits who are after our soul. Isn’t that a bit ironic? At any rate, the hour of terror is currently set for October 28, 2021 on PC and consoles. An ideal Halloween gift?