Fatal Frame Switch is definitely a good idea, according to Mr. Keisuke Kikuchi, the producer of the acclaimed horror video game series. Nintendo has reeled in several horror franchises so far, but this one is a mission from the fold and judging by the feedback Mr. Kikuchi’s comment got, it would be a good investment. However, so far it is only wishful thinking.
Fatal Frame, or Zero as it is titled in Japan and Project Zero as its European designation, is a critically acclaimed survival horror video game series. It was created, developed, and published by Koei Tecmo (Tecmo), which is a company based in Japan. Koei Tecmo Holdings Co. was founded in 2009 with the merger of two companies – Koei and Tecmo. In the past, these two developers have created many popular games and are both veterans in the business.
Koei was founded in 1978, 41 years ago, and they are famous for developing historical simulations based on Romance of the Three Kingdoms novel, and their games include Dynasty Warriors, Samurai Warriors, and others.
Tecmo is also long time in the biz, being founded in 1967, fifty-two years ago. Their respective famous titles include Star Force, Ninja Gaiden, Dead or Alive, Tehkan World Cup and many others.
It was Tecmo that introduced Fatal Frame 1 to the audiences, back in 2001 (before the merger). The game was developed for PlayStation 2 and together with five other main entries, they all focused on supernatural events set in Japan. As the fans of the games are well familiar with, Mr. Keisuke Kikuchi was involved from the start, when he and Makato Shibata, inspired by the success of Silent Hill, decided to create a horror game of their own. PlayStation 2 was just on the rise.
Right after its release, Fatal Frame received critical acclaim and commercial success, and took its place beside Silent Hill and Resident Evil horror series. Each new installment refined the gameplay further, improved all of the gaming elements, but kept the original gritty horror theme. To this day, the entire series sold in more than one million copies and is still loved by fans old and new. It is precisely why Mr. Kikuchi is confident the game is worth porting to Nintendo Switch. He said:
“Yeah, I do want to make a Fatal Frame on Switch. I think it’d be a ton of fun to play with the console in handheld mode and moving all around”. – Keisuke Kikuchi, producer of Fatal Frame series.
After expressing his enthusiasm to bring the game to Switch, Mr. Kikuchi said he is currently busy working on Fairy Tale RPG, which is coming to multiple platforms including Nintendo Switch. Fatal Frame could be a possibility in the future, at least we hope, and it would be especially auspicious because the creators are interested in creating a new entry, not just porting an old title to the portable console. So far, we can only hope…