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Just What Kind of a Party is Corpse Party?

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So you’ve taken an interest in Corpse Party, have you? Perhaps you were intrigued by the launch trailer, or laughed at the name when you saw it mentioned on your favorite gaming news site (or hilarious webcomic?). Perhaps you’re a fan of survival horror games, or visual novels, or point-and-click adventures… or perhaps you simply enjoy Japanese horror movies like The Ring and The Grudge, and are always looking for your next fix.

Regardless of why you’ve taken an interest or how you got to this blog, there’s one thing that most likely holds true: You have very little idea what Corpse Party actually is.

Corpse Party for PSP

Our launch trailer focused on the most important aspects of the game – those being its unsettling atmosphere and its dark-as-night storyline – but did very little to indicate exactly how it’s played. So, let’s dig a little deeper and find out exactly what horrors await, shall we?

In the broadest terms, Corpse Party is a horror adventure game. You play as an ensemble cast of seven senior high school students, one junior high school student and one senior high school English teacher. The game’s story is split into five chapters, each of which focuses (more or less) on one particular subset of these characters as they explore a haunted, otherworldly elementary school in an attempt to find some way out without dying or losing their minds. Their efforts are thwarted at every turn not only by those responsible for this ethereal school’s existence, but also by the vengeful spirits of other students just like them who were drawn into this dimension against their will and met with unfortunate (and usually quite gruesome) ends.

Corpse Party for PSP

Many have posited that Corpse Party plays out like a visual novel, but that’s really not the case. While some scenes (such as the unlockable “Extra Chapters”) consist purely of dialogue-driven cinematics, most of the game is fully interactive, allowing you to walk around and explore Heavenly Host Elementary as you see fit, carefully examining objects and piecing together the sordid history of the school at every turn. There’s no combat, per se, but you are often confronted by hostile paranormals or potentially fatal environmental hazards and must make decisions on where to go, how to proceed or what to say. The wrong decision will either immediately or eventually lead you down a path toward one of the game’s vast multitudes of “Wrong Ends,” or bad endings – generally long, drawn-out and meticulously detailed death scenes brought to life through a combination of 2D sprite animation, full-screen art stills, meaty, squishy sound effects and high-quality Japanese voice-acting (recorded binaurally to create the illusion of 3D sound, making headphones an absolute must!).

Corpse Party for PSP

Occasionally, you’ll find yourself being chased by a malevolent spirit (or two, or three), and the game never makes it very easy to get away. You’ll often need the perfect blend of dexterity and innovative thinking to survive these ordeals – not just running for your life, but also trying to find some way of escaping a room that really, really doesn’t want to let you leave. In one such instance, getting caught by your pursuer means being shoved into a shallow grave and slowly buried alive as you listen to one of the game’s strongest characters suffocating and retching under endless shovelfuls of dirt, begging for his life for almost five solid minutes before the last gasp of breath escapes his mouth and the “Wrong End” music plays. Wrong, indeed!

So no, this is definitely much more than a visual novel. Though Corpse Party’s gameplay ultimately exists as a vessel for telling an intensely creepy, gory and unsettling mystery story, there’s always something new to see, some new psychotic spirit to escape or some new puzzle to solve. And with over 80 corpses of your predecessors to find, three proper endings to achieve and a whopping twenty-four “Wrong Ends” to witness (and believe me, morbid curiosity will make you want to see them all, even if they’re hard to watch!), you’ll surely be scarred for life long before you ever put this game down.

Watch for its release in the PlayStation Store this fall… and prepare to sleep with the lights on for a while (not that it’ll help!).

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+ Mister-Nep on October 7th, 2011 at 11:09 am said:

Very excited for this title. Will be picking this up when it hits. Just wish a release date was given.


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    + Tom Lipschultz on October 7th, 2011 at 11:21 am said:

    We’re still working out the kinks and fine-tuning things, so we’re unable to give a release date at moment. Our goal is “as soon as possible,” but how soon that will be depends on how smoothly the rest of the QA and mastering processes go. Stay tuned for more news as things begin falling into place.


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+ ButtersThaatsMe on October 7th, 2011 at 11:10 am said:

Morbid…


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+ cywulf21 on October 7th, 2011 at 11:10 am said:

Is this for PSP or PS3?


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    + Tom Lipschultz on October 7th, 2011 at 11:19 am said:

    ‘Tis for PSP. Meaning you can play it anywhere you’d like… even in a dark hovel, far from all other corporeal life… mwa ha ha… ;)


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+ OneFate on October 7th, 2011 at 11:15 am said:

Looking forward to this. Thank you for localizing it.


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+ NemesiEX on October 7th, 2011 at 11:15 am said:

@ cywulf21

PSP


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+ Ender_Bean on October 7th, 2011 at 11:15 am said:

@cywulf21 – PSP. Freaking sweet! But that should mean it’ll also work on Vita.


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+ Artemisthemp on October 7th, 2011 at 11:22 am said:

Was so excited, when Playstation tweet about Corpse Party, since I hope for release date and then I got this :(


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    + Tom Lipschultz on October 7th, 2011 at 11:26 am said:

    Awww, sorry! We’ll give you guys a release date as soon as we can.


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+ boxmyth on October 7th, 2011 at 11:26 am said:

Love everything about this. Looking forward to it.
Xseed makes some damn fine choices for localization. Just bought Solatorobo as well :)


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    + Tom Lipschultz on October 7th, 2011 at 11:45 am said:

    Why, thank you! We always try to make sure we pick the best games available — and we dig high and low to find them!

    Hope you have a great time with Solatorobo, and an equally great time with Corpse Party in the near(-ish) future!


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+ pixkitty on October 7th, 2011 at 11:31 am said:

THANK YOU XSEED for licaluzung this title!! Very excited for this. I hope the release date is sooner rather than later :)


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+ pixkitty on October 7th, 2011 at 11:35 am said:

Oh yeah. The game is keeping the Japanese voice-acting and just English text right? I hope so. And last comment should say localizing >,> typo’s…


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    + Tom Lipschultz on October 7th, 2011 at 11:43 am said:

    Yep. Japanese voice-acting, English text, with nothing left out. It’s the complete experience, exactly as it was meant to be experienced — in all its gory glory. ;)


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+ perrandy on October 7th, 2011 at 11:43 am said:

looks good, as a visual novel enthusiast i cannot possibly miss this :)
thank you sony and xseed for bringing this to NA!


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    + Tom Lipschultz on October 7th, 2011 at 11:50 am said:

    Well, just remember, it’s not really a visual novel! But it’s very much in the spirit of classic visual novels, and has all the charm and depth you’ve most likely come to expect from the genre.


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+ Robbie_G_lrish on October 7th, 2011 at 11:48 am said:

Yo Tom, are you guys localizing Ys: Celceta Sea of Trees for Vita? It’s looking pretty rad.


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    + Tom Lipschultz on October 7th, 2011 at 11:55 am said:

    Too early to say. Falcom’s not even done with the game yet. But you can bet we’re interested!


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+ NekoNiv on October 7th, 2011 at 11:51 am said:

i Would to see this remade and put on psn for ps3 lover as well. But my PSPgo is going to love this game and the hours i plan to enjoy it. Thank you


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    + Tom Lipschultz on October 7th, 2011 at 11:59 am said:

    The graphics were very much designed with the PSP’s screen resolution in mind, so I’m not sure it would make the transition to PS3 very well without a complete overhaul from the ground up.

    Still, I share your sentiment. The game — and indeed, the series — is amazing, so any new Corpse Party is a good Corpse Party, as far as I’m concerned. ;)


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+ GrayWolf323 on October 7th, 2011 at 11:55 am said:

has a price been announced yet?


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    + Tom Lipschultz on October 7th, 2011 at 12:01 pm said:

    Not yet. Since we’re releasing it exclusively on PSN, though, we won’t have all that overhead from package production and distributors and shelf space and such, so you can probably count on it being nice and affordable!


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+ VanillaSno on October 7th, 2011 at 12:00 pm said:

There is no possible way this would come out before Halloween I would assume? I am definitely interested in playing this.

I would also like to know the price.


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    + Tom Lipschultz on October 7th, 2011 at 12:04 pm said:

    Sadly, Halloween seems like a no-go. We tried… but there’s just too much that needs to be done, and not enough time in the day to finish it all before then. Game publication is a surprisingly complicated process, and sometimes, it just takes longer than we thought.

    We want this game released as soon as possible, though, so rest assured, we’ll get it to you guys as quickly as we can!

    And in terms of price point, we’re still working on that — but you can count on it being nice and affordable, at the very least.


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+ Justp94 on October 7th, 2011 at 12:02 pm said:

Just make a new Anime series from this instead of a game??? PLEASE?


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    + Tom Lipschultz on October 7th, 2011 at 12:10 pm said:

    We’re just the American (and European, perhaps?) publisher. We didn’t make the game — an independent software house called Team GrisGris created it, a Japanese developer called 5pb remade it for PSP, and us? We’re handle the translating, text editing, QA, advertising and publication.

    So the game already exists in Japanese. We’re just making it exist in English now!

    Neither 5pb nor Team GrisGris has broken through into anime production just yet, but I agree, Corpse Party would make a fantastic anime series. If it ever happens, we’d love to work on it — or at least watch it! ;)


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+ Fusion13 on October 7th, 2011 at 12:19 pm said:

This looks like a really good story.

Is the whole game fully voiced?


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    + Tom Lipschultz on October 7th, 2011 at 12:25 pm said:

    Yep. Every piece of spoken dialogue in the game is voiced. Heck, even some of the characters’ internal monologue is voiced!


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+ NeoPhantome on October 7th, 2011 at 12:36 pm said:

This “Interactive Visual Novel” did indeed pick my curiosity. If like you said, the price will be affordable (looking foward to 9.99$ :P ) then yeah i’ll certainly buy it to play this on full moon nights in my bed by the window right before sleep ^^ that’ll be awsome .

Thx for the localisation Xseed !


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+ knicksrulez220 on October 7th, 2011 at 12:53 pm said:

This game isn’t for me but I just wanted to show some love for Ys Seven. Picked it up without knowing what to expect, and my god its awesome so far. The first couple of boss battles are so intense; my hand was like hurting after them because everything was so fast and fun.

So XSeed has definetely made a great impression on me so far, will look into the Legend Of Heroes:Tits after Ys. I love me some old school RPG’s to. Keep up the great work!


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    + Tom Lipschultz on October 7th, 2011 at 1:57 pm said:

    Yaaay! Glad to hear you enjoyed Ys Seven! Definitely try out the other Ys games, as well as Trails in the Sky — if you enjoy classic RPG action, they should fit the bill quite nicely.

    Corpse Party isn’t for everyone, but I should mention that it has a surprisingly deep story with some very well-developed, interesting characters. Its plot could stand side-by-side with any respectable RPG’s and still come out looking great, so I wouldn’t dismiss it outright! Unless you scare or are disgusted really, really easily, anyway… in which case, yeah, this might not quite be the right fit for you. ;)


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+ jelly_bean on October 7th, 2011 at 12:53 pm said:

PSP is alive. Hell yeah. A must buy for me. US$ 19,99 should be a great price for me ;-)


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+ jeffsmither on October 7th, 2011 at 1:08 pm said:

What games is this like? it looks cool !


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    + Tom Lipschultz on October 7th, 2011 at 2:10 pm said:

    The best comparisons I can come up with are Clock Tower and Sweet Home, though it’s got a lot more story than Clock Tower, and is less RPG than Sweet Home.

    Actually, if you’ve ever played Shadow of Destiny (Shadow of Memories in Japan and PAL regions), it’s kinda like that, only MUCH SCARIER, and with 16-bit-style graphics (and 3D sound!).

    A more recent comparison, gameplay-wise, would be Telltale Games’ Back to the Future titles. Not at all similar in terms of atmosphere, but that’s pretty much an exact parallel to how the game plays.


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+ NeoPhantome on October 7th, 2011 at 1:09 pm said:

@ knicksrulez220 I agree with you, Ys Seven was indeed a great game, but i must add the whole Ys series is simply amazing. I find it a little sad that this series is still soo much in the dark in North America even though they are great Action/RPGs.


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    + Tom Lipschultz on October 7th, 2011 at 2:13 pm said:

    Hopefully, that’ll change as more Ys titles are released. The series is far too awesome to stay obscure forever!


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+ DesmaBR on October 7th, 2011 at 1:17 pm said:

Oh hai, XSEED

Do you guys have, at least, an Interest on releasing Trails in the Sky on Steam?
I mean, It was originally released on PC in Japan


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    + Tom Lipschultz on October 7th, 2011 at 2:15 pm said:

    Oh, of course we’re interested! There are just a lot of logistics to work out before we can determine whether or not it’s feasible to do so. But we’re definitely looking into it as a possibility!


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+ theXsilentXchild on October 7th, 2011 at 1:37 pm said:

if it was on the psn so i could play I would download it. the psp is pretty much dead. maybe if i pick up a vita when they come out ill download this. It just baffles me why it wouldnt be release on both ps3 downloadable and psp. seems like your missing a market.


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    + Tom Lipschultz on October 7th, 2011 at 2:19 pm said:

    Well, remember, this game was created in Japan, where the PSP is a much stronger platform than the PS3. For smaller Japanese developers, the PSP is an absolutely ideal choice.

    And while the PSP isn’t as big as the PS3 here, it’s still got a pretty sizable following (I myself am an avid PSP supporter, with a huge collection of games). So we’re pretty confident that if a game is good, enough people will buy it to make it worth our while. And Corpse Party is a really, really good game.

    We’d release it on PS3 too, if we could… but we’re just a publishing company. We translate, we edit, we do quality assurance… but we don’t program. It would be entirely up to the Japanese developers to create a PS3 version of Corpse Party.


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+ Brandon_MK_V on October 7th, 2011 at 1:55 pm said:

@24 You realize the PSP is still a huge and thriving market in Japan, right? The original developers wouldn’t make a whole new game from the ground up for PS3, just for the NA market. This particular PSP game has already received 2 sequels, so it’s making good enough money over there.


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+ BakaHirata on October 7th, 2011 at 2:07 pm said:

Take my money now, XSEED.


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+ t36066 on October 7th, 2011 at 2:13 pm said:

Cool


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+ hush404 on October 7th, 2011 at 2:28 pm said:

Lol, to answer your first question… I only just not heard of it, here. :P That said, the title looks excitingly unique, I will be looking into it when it ships :)


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+ hush404 on October 7th, 2011 at 2:28 pm said:

Erm… yay for typos.


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+ kivi95 on October 7th, 2011 at 2:29 pm said:

Uhm….. Europe? You better not leave us out!!!


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    + Tom Lipschultz on October 7th, 2011 at 2:43 pm said:

    Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten you Europeans! In fact… I just checked with the powers that be, and confirmed that yes, we are indeed planning on releasing this game on European PSN — and it’s totally cool for me to say so! We’re not sure *when*, exactly, but we’re shooting for as close to the North American PSN release as we can manage.


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+ plaztiksyke on October 7th, 2011 at 2:47 pm said:

I love adventure games, as well as horror movies, but can’t play if there’s not a PS3 version. I’ll look forward to an HD version with high-res fonts, lossless audio, and re-encoded art assets :)


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+ jeffsmither on October 7th, 2011 at 3:19 pm said:

What is the price of this?


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    + Tom Lipschultz on October 7th, 2011 at 3:41 pm said:

    We haven’t announced the price just yet, but as mentioned in another comment, the game is PSN-exclusive, meaning there are no additional overhead costs from production, packaging, shipping, distribution, shelf space, etc. And of course, we plan to pass the savings on to you… so the game will be quite affordable, for sure!


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+ NeoMahi on October 7th, 2011 at 3:22 pm said:

Wow! This does look cool. Totally reminds me of Y’s in a lot of ways. Hey XSeed, how come you haven’t redone all the rest of the Y’s games for us? There’s still a lot I haven’t gotten to play because they’re only in Japanese. Eh, eh? This looks awesome by-the-way.


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    + Tom Lipschultz on October 10th, 2011 at 12:59 pm said:

    I’m curious how Corpse Party would remind you of Ys, as the games are very, very different in almost every way. ;)

    As for other Ys games, we’ve released all the ones we could easily release at the moment, but we’re exploring the possibility of releasing some of the older titles as well. Hopefully, an opportunity presents itself soon, and we’ll be able to work on an Ys title again.


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+ Xanzar on October 7th, 2011 at 3:22 pm said:

finally another gr8 XSEED release , corpse party looks worth the time just from the trailer ( i wanna go out in the middle of the night on my psp hit max volume and scare some lil kids or adults :P good job keep em coming XSEED and PSN for making more major genres from the PS family’s home country come to the outside :)


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    + Tom Lipschultz on October 7th, 2011 at 3:41 pm said:

    Thanks for the kind words! We aim to please. ;)


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+ Tremulan777 on October 7th, 2011 at 3:27 pm said:

The game looks interesting with need more games like this that support the horror genre…


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+ poodude on October 7th, 2011 at 3:44 pm said:

Really can’t wait to play this, the dark tone makes it right up my alley.

Oh, and nice job replying to most of the comments on here, always great to see a dev willing to do that.


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    + Tom Lipschultz on October 7th, 2011 at 3:49 pm said:

    It helps when you’re a fanboy for the thing you’re discussing. I love talking about Corpse Party. ;)


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+ nirojan45 on October 7th, 2011 at 3:47 pm said:

Great work Tom, buy all my XSEED titles day 1. Completely in love with the Ys series. I know you guys have done a ton of PSP games recently, but is there any chance of more PC titles in the future (maybe on steam)?


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    + Tom Lipschultz on October 7th, 2011 at 3:50 pm said:

    Oh, sure, we’ve been interested in branching out to Steam for a while now. If and when the right opportunity comes along, we won’t hesitate to grab it.


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+ xxThe_Fuhrer-xx on October 7th, 2011 at 4:28 pm said:

OMG the video was great. I wasn’t expecting that and it got me hooked to play. I wonder if this game will play on the first original PSP or just on the PSP Vita


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    + Tom Lipschultz on October 7th, 2011 at 5:00 pm said:

    It’s a PSP game. It will play on both the PSP and the Vita.


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+ shadysaiyanz on October 7th, 2011 at 4:30 pm said:

Well that trailer was crazy, looked like a Higurashi type anime. CRAZY!!! didn’t expect the gameplay to look like that but im sure it’s still interesting.


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    + Tom Lipschultz on October 7th, 2011 at 5:10 pm said:

    It is very similar to Higurashi — in look, in feel, in atmosphere, in story, and even in music. Interestingly, though, Corpse Party actually predates Higurashi by quite a bit, as the original version of the game was made in 1996! I can’t say for certain if this is true, but I almost feel like Corpse Party inspired Higurashi, and then Higurashi inspired the Corpse Party remake in 2008.

    Either way, if you’re a fan of Higurashi, you’re sure to love Corpse Party as well. Definitely give it a try — once you see the gameplay in action, I’m sure you’ll agree that the 16-bit style really, really suits it.


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+ theory411 on October 7th, 2011 at 4:35 pm said:

Wow this looks creepy. Reall creepy. The trailer alone.


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    + Tom Lipschultz on October 7th, 2011 at 5:20 pm said:

    I dunno, to me, it just looks like… AN AVERAGE TUESDAY.

    …I-I mean… it’s a very good game, you should play it! ;)


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+ KazeEternal on October 7th, 2011 at 4:59 pm said:

Valkyria Chronicles 3 Localization… GET ON IT!


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    + Tom Lipschultz on October 7th, 2011 at 5:23 pm said:

    If only we could! I mean, we like Valkyria Chronicles… and money… ;)


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+ Kasaix on October 7th, 2011 at 5:54 pm said:

I want to get this game, simply to play and find a good ending for those people.


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+ wolfflame21 on October 7th, 2011 at 6:39 pm said:

Tom put this on the VIta my PSP broke so i am waiting for the vita now, i am sad since this looks epic, BTW, Publish white knight chornicles origins in america we need it!


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    + Tom Lipschultz on October 7th, 2011 at 6:48 pm said:

    It’s a PSN release, which means it will most likely be fully playable on the Vita.

    As for White Knight Chronicles Origins, we’ll look into it!


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+ saintaqua on October 7th, 2011 at 7:12 pm said:

Can you make a Vita version? I want trophies. :)


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    + Tom Lipschultz on October 7th, 2011 at 11:00 pm said:

    You’ll have to talk to Team GrisGris and 5pb. We’re just the North American publisher — we didn’t make the game, we just plucked out the Japanese text and poured in the English. ;)


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+ marlyt on October 7th, 2011 at 7:48 pm said:

I’m sorry but as a dad, and a human being, I don’t think mutilated children qualifies as entertainment. I rarely get offended by subject material but that video was repulsive. Please tell me what I’m missing here and I will retract my disgust with this concept.


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    + Tom Lipschultz on October 7th, 2011 at 11:06 pm said:

    Simply put, it’s horror. It’s designed to terrify, because human beings generally love to get scared every now and again. It makes the adrenaline flow and awakens primal instincts and emotions that flood the brain and provide an instinctual reaction that, while unpleasant, somehow just… feels right.

    It’s the whole reason we celebrate Halloween, basically.

    In addition, this game is just as much a character study into the 9 protagonists and their relationships with one another. Like any good horror movie, you root for the good guys and hope beyond hope that they can make it out alive. You become emotionally invested in their journey, and want to see it through to the end… no matter what that end may be.

    Corpse Party also has the unintended side effect of providing insight into classic Japanese horror culture, as this game is very distinctly Japanese in its general atmosphere, concepts and execution. It’s the same sort of psychological, deeply disturbing, hopeless and inescapable horror that you’ll find in works like The Ring and The Grudge.


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    + Tom Lipschultz on October 7th, 2011 at 11:07 pm said:

    (continued from previous comment)

    In short, this is a game for horror and mystery fans. The things that happen in the game are absolutely repulsive… but they’re very much meant to be. You’re supposed to be disgusted by this game. It’s supposed to be hard to play, and give you nightmares… and personally, I wouldn’t have it any other way. ;)


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+ SenTinaL1 on October 7th, 2011 at 8:31 pm said:

I like the art style, and love 2d sprite animation, but I just can’t get into these weird japanese horror, morbid stories. Too weird for me.


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+ vza004 on October 7th, 2011 at 8:38 pm said:

I read the manga of this game. It is pretty gory and intense. Corpse Party makes you wish it was a full 3D game.


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    + Tom Lipschultz on October 7th, 2011 at 11:09 pm said:

    There’s actually a sequel to the game called “Corpse Party: Book of Shadows” which… kinda *is* a full 3D game! And it’s quite good, too — though I think ultimately, I prefer this one. The 16-bit look and feel really adds to the atmosphere in a way I honestly can’t articulate. It’s just… much creepier than it would be in full 3D, I think.


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+ Eternal-CMO on October 7th, 2011 at 8:54 pm said:

I’d just like to point out that The Ring and Grudge movies that many in the States are familiar with are not “Japanese horror.” The Grudge is based on Ju-on films from Japan that were directed by Takashi Shimizu, and the Ring was originally a novel by Koji Suzuki, entitled “Ring.”

You’re likely referring to the films that are very much American, not of Japanese make. The remakes and adaptations to film were poorly executed, IMO.

It just seems disrespectful to not give credit where credit is due.

That being said, I’ve been looking for an excuse to hop back onto my PSP, and so I’m looking forward to seeing what Corpse Party brings to the table. It’s an intriguing game, especially around this time of year. ^^


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    + Tom Lipschultz on October 10th, 2011 at 1:05 pm said:

    Oh, no disrespect was meant. The original Japanese movies are the ones I was referring to, actually — their names basically translate to “The Ring” and “The Grudge,” after all — but even if people are only familiar with the American adaptations of these two films, I believe these mentions would still suffice to convey the general idea of “Japanese horror” in this context. After all, despite any changes that were made to the originals, the basic execution and the general concept of “hopeless terror” was very similar from the Japanese films to their American counterparts.


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+ Souledge94 on October 7th, 2011 at 9:52 pm said:

Im interested,but im sad no english vo. Some jpn voice overs give me a headace with the high pitch voice acting.


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    + Tom Lipschultz on October 7th, 2011 at 11:11 pm said:

    This is pretty high-quality acting, though. And a good chunk of it consists of screams and cries and death wails, which would be high-pitched in ANY language — and probably wouldn’t sound anywhere near as convincing when dubbed, unless we were to get, like, the BEST ACTORS EVER. ;)

    I think the Japanese voices will grow on you rather quickly as you play. I honestly can’t even imagine this game with any other voice actors in it, at this point.


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+ alfromhellsing on October 7th, 2011 at 10:38 pm said:

You can’t go wrong with XSEED Games, when it comes to their localizations. Man, I really can’t wait to get my hands on this game!


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