The Corpse Party series is a contentious one; beginning life as an RPG Maker title before getting official releases on small platforms like the PSP, it seemed to be doomed to a life of obscurity. While the first game saw a release on Steam, the last official entry in the series, Corpse Party: Blood Drive has been relegated to the ill-fated Playstation Vita since its release in 2015. However, according to a new filing by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board, Corpse Party: Blood Drive may soon see new life on the Nintendo Switch.
As reported by Gematsu, Corpse Party: Blood Drive has recently been rated by the ESRB for the Nintendo Switch platform, possibly hinting a release in the near future. According to the ESRB website, Corpse Party: Blood Drive will be rated M for Mature citing blood, violence, language, suggestive themes, and more.
From the ESRB website:
This is a survival-horror adventure game in which players help students escape a haunted school. From an over-head perspective, players traverse environments, avoid monsters, and interact with various objects and characters. Cutscenes sometimes depict various acts of violence: a man stabbing himself with a knife; a character crucified and burned. Violence is also described in text (e.g., “She continued to hack at me, again and again. . . From behind me, I could hear the sound of blood gushing into the air from the gaping hole above my neck”). Blood is frequently depicted near corpses and when characters are injured. During the course of the game, a handful of sequences depict characters whose nude bodies are partially obscured by lights, steam, and/or other body parts. Some sequences are accompanied by suggestive dialogue (e.g.,“Not that I’d expect you to be too turned on by these raisins o’mine,” “Hey, stop jiggling them,” “And where do you think you’re touching?! Those are my boobs!”). The words “f**k” and “sh*t” are heard in dialogue.
While no official announcement has been made yet, I would expect the upcoming Corpse Party: Blood Drive be released sometime in the next few months. The Switch has become a great place for small horror experiences, and perhaps a release on Nintendo’s hot handheld could give the Corpse Drive series a new lease on life.
In our 2015 review of the Playstation Vita title, we scored it 3/10, calling it a “disappointment on every possible level.” So now horror fans can look forward to taking that experience on the go with them.
I wish someone would just release the two Nintendo-exclusive Fatal Frame games for the Switch.