Fatal Frame AR spin-off “Shinrei Shashin” (Spirit Photo) headed to 3DS

The staff behind Fatal Frame is working on a Fatal Frame spinoff of sorts for 3DS, Famitsu reveals this week. The new game is titled Shinrei Shashin, or “Spirit Photo.”

With a name like that, you might suspect that the game makes heavy use of the 3DS camera. This is the case — except you’re apparently taking pictures of ghosts.

The game comes bundled with an item called “AR Notebook.” Based off the summary at Famitsu’s report at the Sinobi blog, it’s not clear what this item is exactly, but it is used heavily in the game.

Famitsu lists the following modes of play:

AR Story: Zero: Purple Diary
Working with a girl whom you brought out into the real world, you attempt to solve the mystery behind the cursed Purple Diary, represented by the AR Notebook item. (“Zero” is the Japanese name for the Fatal Frame series.)
Horror Notebook
A collection of mini games that use the AR Notebook item
Ghost Camera
A free photo mode where you take your “spirit picture” and pit it against other spirits (the faces of other people).

Famitsu lists the release time frame for Shinrei Shashin as TBA. Sinobi did not provide the game’s publisher.

It certainly sounds interesting. Although I have yet to become a fan of AR, I bet this might help me move into the right direction. Glad I got my Japanese 3DS already. Look forward to hearing more news soon.

Source: Andriasang

Tecmo Koei wants new Project Cafe games at launch

Tecmo Koei hold an earning briefings and CEO Yoichi Erikawa spoke about supporting Project Cafe at launch. He also mentioned more support for 3DS and unannounced Sony NGP titles. We should learn about these unannounced titles in the near future.

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