Ib, Free Horror Game Remake (Remaster) Explained, Graphics Comparison

Cult Japanese psychological horror game Ib is back with a new Remake project

By Iyane Agossah

October 4, 2021

Kouri, the developer of cult Japanese horror, free game Ib, announced a remaster-like, remake project on Twitter, and most notably explained how different graphics-wise it’ll be from the original game.

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Japanese horror game Ib is getting a remake, with a price

Ib developer Kouri explained on Twiter a remake is coming in 2022. However, unlike the original game, which is free, this new remake will be sold. The price is still to be announced, but it’ll probably be very cheap.

Kouri: “Next year will be the 10th anniversary of Ib, so I’m currently working on a remake version. I plan to sell it next year.”

In a follow-up tweet, Kouri shared a graphics comparison between the original Ib game and the new remake:

Kouri: “The graphics have been completely redrawn, but it still looks very similar. Sorry if you expected something more beautiful-looking. But now, the game screen is bigger and it’s easier to see and play”

For now, while Kouri used the word “remake”, it looks like this project is more akin to a remaster. As it looks like the game will be identical but with new graphics. As seen with the comparison above.

Sometimes, there isn’t a real distinction in Japanese between remaster and remake and both words are regularly used interchangeably. Personally, I’d say It’s very likely new story elements will be added in Ib remake.

What is Ib and what you should know about it

Ib is a psychological horror game released on PC in 2012. Kouri made the game using RPG Maker. It’s one of the many cult RPG Maker Japanese horror games made in a similar fashion. Think Yume Nikki or Corpse Party if you’re familiar with these games.

Thanks to being free, the original Ib has a huge English fanbase outside Japan, and a lot of people are awaiting this remake.

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Iyane Agossah

Living near Paris, Iyane is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He speaks Japanese, has been watching anime for over 25 years, and plays Genshin Impact mainly for its story. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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