Higurashi Dev Announces Iwaihime: Matsuri for PS4 / Vita
Japanese visual novel developer Ryukishi07, the mind behind Higurashi and Uminiko, is going to grace the PlayStation 4 and Vita with an all-new horror visual novel. Iwaihime: Matsuri (or Blessing: Shrine) originally released on PC last year and focuses on a curse plaguing a High School. Here’s the synopsis, as reported by VNDB.
Hajakenshou. Crush evil, spread the truth.
It is said that each generation, upon reaching a certain age, all boys of the Susuhara family leave home and become independent. Then, relying only on themselves, they train body and soul until they are accepted as adults. And so I prepared myself for this day, learning a great many things so I’d be ready to live on my own.
Susuda Prefectoral High School. My new school. Originally, I planned to enter in first year rather than transfer in second year. Life at school is carefree, and even pleasant. Everyone has a great time in class 2-A. There’s just… her, Toe Kurokami. “Weird” doesn’t begin to describe her. Always holding that Japanese doll against her chest, never letting go for a second. Some whisper it is a cursed doll, whose hair grows when no one is looking. But it’s just an uncanny doll, with nothing special about it. Yet, perhaps my meeting that girl was fate… No, it was fate.
According to Gematsu‘s sources, Iwaihime: Matsuri will release in Japan on both consoles for about full retail price. The port adds additional scenarios as well. There’s no word whether the game will be localized either on PlayStation devices or PC, but it’s always nice to hear about new horror visual novels — especially for the Vita.