Survival horror is making a resurgence of sorts, so long as you don't mind getting your dose of frights through old school gaming. It looks like the extremely hard to track down Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly will be coming to PlayStation Network next week, providing thrills and chills as the latest addition to the PlayStation 2 Classics collection.
The original Fatal Frame was released as a PlayStation 2 Classic just a couple of weeks ago, much to the delight of fans of having the crap scared out of them. Just a couple of days ago, series director Makoto Shibata shared some background on the game's development, explaining that the inspiration for Fatal Frame came from his own real life experiences where he saw “stuff.”
Now Shibata is back on the PlayStation Blog, sharing some background details about Fatal Frame II, which is set to hit the PS Network on Tuesday. Given the usual asking price of $9.99 for a PS2 Classic, it's a safe bet that you'll be able to swipe this rare horror title for just 10 bucks.
In the Fatal Frame games, players have to take pictures of wayward spirits with their camera obscura. There are no real weapons in the game, making this the ultimate in survival horror when it comes to making the player feel powerless. Even Harry Mason has a lead pipe and a few bullets to sling around Silent Hill. In Fatal Frame, you only have your wits and a freaking supernatural Nikon to keep you company.
According to Shibata, the original Fatal Frame turned out to be too scary for some players, forcing them to quit the game before ever reaching its conclusion.
“Since we received lots of feedback that players got too scared to complete the game, we shifted our attention to making the storyline more interesting to encourage such players to overcome the scariness in wanting to see the end of the story,” Shibata said.
You'll be able to find out for yourself if it's still too scary when Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly launches on the PlayStation Network next week.