XSEED just announced that they’ve nabbed the North American publishing rights to Team GrisGris’ adventure/horror title Corpse Party. It was originally a PC game, then adapted for the PSP in Japan (by 5pb). Now it’s set to unleash itself on North American PSPs (via PSN download only distribution) in the next few months.
The story follows a group of high school students who somehow find themselves trapped in a haunted elementary school filled with all manner of nasties – you know, the typical horror stuff like corpses and tormented souls. Apparently the game will make use of simulated surround sound (with headphones) that will help immerse players into this frightening environment.
The game seems to rely a lot on immersion and having the player experience the horrors of this haunted school through the eyes of the living, as you move through the game attempting to escape. According to Jun Iwasaki, President of XSEED Games, it uses its visual style, storytelling and audio cues to “test players’ mental strength and mesmerize them through its well-crafted mystery and intricate character-driven narrative, all while delivering a truly frightening experience that’s sure to keep everyone on the edges of their seats.”
So, it looks like XSEED is doing it again – making the fans their focus as they localize another obscure Japanese title. I’m sure it’ll do pretty well for them, too, as always.