Fatal Frame fans can finally rejoice as the “lost” fourth entry of the series, Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse is headed to the West for the first time ever in the form of a remaster for all platforms coming early next year.
Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse was originally released on the Nintendo Wii in Japan back in 2008 but never saw the light of day anywhere else besides Japan for fourteen years.
The details are sparse, but this is nothing but good news for fans of the franchise. We will finally be receiving an official English version of the game on all platforms for one of the more unique entries in the series. While Mask of the Lunar Eclipse did get a fan translation on the Wii back in the early 2010s, it wasn’t perfect and the Wii controls held the game back from being great.
If last year’s Fatal Frame 5 remaster was any indication, this release should be a full-fledged remastering of the game, including updated controls, visuals, and extras.
Fatal Frame 4 is one of the more unique entries of the series. It was written and directed by legendary game auteur Suda51, and while it sticks pretty close to the Fatal Frame formula, it has an extra layer of style that the previous entries didn’t quite have. Having just replayed it last year, I can safely say this will be worth the wait for those who haven’t played it yet.
Koei Tecmo confirmed that Fatal Frame 4: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse Remaster will be released on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch, and PC in early 2023. It’s said to feature a new photo mode, new costumes, and enhanced visuals, with possibly more extras in store once we get closer to the release.
You can check out the official trailer below to see what the updated visuals look like.
You can also check out our exclusive interview with the creators of the series from last year as you wait for the chance to play the remaster.