Fatal Frame Producer Says the Franchise’s Return Depends on Nintendo
Keisuke Kikuchi, the producer of Fatal Frame, shows interest in the revival of the series, but it won't be happening unless Nintendo approves.
Heading back to the sixth generation of consoles, Silent Hill and Fatal Frame, aka Project Zero, were two big rivals in bringing haunting story-driven horror experiences in their own ways, but none of them could make it out alive to the current generation. While Konami officially denied developing of any Silent Hill-related games, the producer behind the Fatal Frame franchise seems very interested in returning the series, though he says Nintendo is the one who should make the decision.
The original trilogy of Fatal Frame that was launched between 2001 and 2005, brought a lot of attention to Koei Tecmo’s survival horror series. Unfortunately, since the time Nintendo gained the publishing rights for the franchise, it hasn’t received many new entries. Plus, some of the new iterations, including the remake of Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly, never launched in North America. Having said that, under Nintendo’s management, the franchise is still breathing and the last entry of it released five years ago as a Wii U exclusive, though it wasn’t a successful game.
Now that Switch has become a record-breaking console for Nintendo a few years after its launch, it might be a feasible request from fans to return the Fatal Frame franchise with a new title or a remaster of the trilogy. Speaking to Nintendo Everything, Keisuke Kikuchi, the producer of the series, talked about the possibility of reviving Project Zero, but made it clear that “there is a distance between [his] feelings and ambitions and the feasibility of such projects.”
Kikuchi revealed that he would love to bring a new title of the series to Switch in North America along with the official Fatal Frame movie that will be coming to Hollywood in the near future. However, this wouldn’t be achieved until Nintendo shows interest in the project. That said, Kikuchi clarified that making a new Fatal Frame game wouldn’t be so easy at this moment for his team, but in the long run, they could handle it.
Above, you can check out a few minutes of Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water gameplay, which is the last entry of the franchise.