07th Expansion shared some information about the future of their visual novel series When They Cry.
The developer addresses that they were happy to see fans at Comiket cosplay as characters from Umineko, even in the cold weather. Furthermore, they go on to say the When They Cry series will continue in 2017 and feature an original story separate from Higurashi and Umineko.
This is great new for fans of the series, especially the western fans who just finished playing through Higurashi When They Cry. Currently, both games are available on PC from MangaGamer and Steam, each being widely praised by the visual novel community.