Corpse Party: Book of Shadows is Coming, And It Knows No Mercy

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Corpse Party: Book of Shadows is Coming, And It Knows No Mercy
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Corpse Party: Book of Shadows is Coming, And It Knows No Mercy

Well, the time is almost upon us. A week from today – Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 – Corpse Party: Book of Shadows will be available for purchase on the North American PlayStation Store for $19.99, with a European release to follow shortly thereafter. It’s been a long journey getting this game to you guys, so it seemed prudent to give you all a bit more information about it. After all, an appetite for blood and dismay is at its best when thoroughly whetted…

And since each chapter in Corpse Party: Book of Shadows tells its own standalone story, I thought the best way to make you salivate even more would be to give a brief, spoiler-free introduction to each one. So without further ado, here’s a taste of what’s in store for you when you fire up your PSP (or PS Vita) next week.

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Chapter 1: Seal

An important introduction to the “alternate universe” within which several of the game’s chapters take place. What if our poor Kisaragi High protagonists went into Heavenly Host Elementary School (the cursed plane where all the horrors of the first game occurred) with an almost instinctive foreknowledge of what awaited them therein? Would it be possible for them to avert their horrific destinies? “Seal” tracks Naomi and Seiko as they seek to answer this question, mirroring and expanding upon events from chapter 1 of the first game.

Chapter 2: Demise

Similarly, “Demise” tracks would-be transfer student Mayu under these same circumstances, weaving a rather lengthy tale that delves deep into her personality while also prominently featuring other Corpse Party mainstay characters and reuniting series fans with Musashigawa Junior High student Nana Ogasawara (whom players of the first game may remember from Extra Chapter 1).

Chapter 3: Encounter

The first of the game’s two prequel chapters, “Encounter” takes a closer look at the life and times of overzealous homeroom T.A. Ms. Yui Shishido, who’s caught herself a nasty cold and – through a series of unlikely circumstances – found herself being cared for by one of her top students, Satoshi Mochida. In her fevered dreams, she recalls her own high school life at Kisaragi, recounting memories of a boy she fancied back then… as well as a ghostly encounter that may or may not have actually happened one rainy evening…

Chapter 4: Purgatory

The second prequel chapter focuses on high school paranormalist Naho Saenoki and her best friend, Sayaka Ooue. Both girls are famous – Naho a published author and respected paranormal investigator, Sayaka a popular radio personality – and their collective star power is about to double as Naho is scheduled to appear on Sayaka’s show as a guest speaker. But it may not be only airwaves the two share, as we learn in “Purgatory” just how dangerous Naho’s research can be…

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Chapter 5: Shangri-La

The longest of the game’s eight chapters, “Shangri-La” focuses on the socially reclusive Morishige as he struggles to cope with the inhumanly cruel environment in which he now dwells. Along the way, his path will cross with those of numerous other students from Byakudan High and Musashigawa Junior High, as well as the hapless cameraman Taguchi. With this many miserable, paranoid souls wandering around in an inescapable land of death and dismay, it’s only a matter of time before somebody cracks…

Chapter 6: Mire

To summarize “Mire” would be far too big a spoiler. Suffice it to say, it chronicles the adventures of stoic old Kizami, little Yuka and the girl in red herself, Sachiko. And it connects with one of the first game’s many wrong ends. (Those who’ve played Corpse Party should be shuddering right about now.)

Chapter 7: Tooth

“Tooth” takes place during the first Corpse Party and is entirely canonical with the main scenario. While the first game focused on the students of Kisaragi High, “Tooth” takes a closer look at the lives and times of the Byakudan High students, and serves almost as an “origin story” for Kizami. It also helps explain that iconic (and disturbing) image of Tohko Kirisaki from the first game, with her black eye and missing tooth…

Chapter 8: Blood Drive

Unlockable either by loading save data from the first Corpse Party and completing “Tooth,” or by viewing every single ending in Corpse Party: Book of Shadows chapters 1 through 7, “Blood Drive” continues the story right where it left off last time around. Set two weeks after the ending to Corpse Party, “Blood Drive”… well… takes us somewhere else entirely. Somewhere even more threatening than Heavenly Host Elementary School. But I don’t dare say any more than that. You’ll have to play the game for yourself to see how such a thing is possible!

So, are you ready? If not, there’s a whole new website full of information and images to peruse, as well as a brand new short trailer. Which means, if you’re not already scared out of your gourd… well, you will be. Oh, you definitely will be!

And let’s face it. You wouldn’t have it any other way.

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  • Skiedragon81

    Sounds awesome tom, ill definitely be jumping on this… hmm with all the cameras on the vita im kinda surprised that Fatal Frame hasent reared its scary head on the vita. Cmon tecmo where are you!

  • @Skiedragon81

    Didn’t you know that Nintendo co-owns the Fatal Frame IP? Which means your best bet for a new Fatal Frame game is the WiiU. Or the 3DS, but that one already has Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir, so the WiiU is the most likely console that will receive some true horror. And well it does have a lot of potential if done right, so I can’t complain.

  • Damon-Rosenkreuz

    I’ve been following BoS ever since I cleared Blood Covered. I was always worried it would never be released due to the visual novel style since those rarely make the leap…but this is Xseed ! anything is possible. Day one purchase for sure Tom ! Continue the great work XD I’ll be playing this is the dark along side those new headphones I bought….( Nightmares here I come ). I hope you’ll consider Corpse Party 2U as well !

  • @BanditManSteve: From what I could see on the website, the new game lets you fast forward through text that you have already read!

  • thetruestrohhut

    I can’t wait until it arrives to Europe :D But I want to know whether it will come to Germany :D and when >.<

  • What’s the chances of us getting a continuation of the anime episode that was released with the first game?

    • Tom Lipschultz
      Tom Lipschultz

      Actually, the anime episode was released with the third game, “Corpse Party the Anthology: Sachiko’s Game of Love ~Hysteric Birthday 2U~.” And there’s already a 4-episode followup in production, called “Corpse Party: Tortured Souls.” There’s a trailer for it in YouTube, and it looks excellent.

  • Shinigami_Shimai

    I’ll be getting this the moment is shows up on PSN, which will probably be late at night like the last time. I’ve spent the last week posting lots of info on my tumblr and blogs getting people ready for the games. I’m mostly interested in Chapter 1. I want to see if we can finally change someone special’s fate, don’t want to spoil the first game for anyone.

    The first game also sparked my interest in RPG maker again. Interesting that it is now available online too. Too bad it isn’t on a sony system. It would be fun to relax after working on art to play with rpg maker on psp. *shrugs*

    Well tonight is going to be filled with blood and screams for a lot of us. Loads of fun.

  • Are you guys considering doing a translation of Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient? I know it’s not even out in Japan yet, but I would absolutely love to see this happen.

  • Skiedragon81

    ugh nintendo owns that series, which means we wont EVER get any more horror games from them now. NIntendo likes to buy up good IPs and do limited releases of them ugh what was tecmo thinking- 4 didnt sell well at all cuz the control scheme was so flawed due to grasshopper interactive sucking horribly, fortunately i got the translation patch – just with the camera on the vita it woulda been awesome and very interactive to be walking around my house battling ghosts lol

    BTW is anyone having trouble copying this to the vita its not reading it on the ps3 in content manager

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