Nippon Ichi Want To Explore The Idea Of Fear With Shin Hayarigami

By Sato . May 12, 2014 . 1:00pm


Nippon Ichi Software recently announced that they’re working on the latest of the Japan-only horror game series with Shin Hayarigami for PlayStation 3 and Vita. It’s been five years since the release of the previous installment, and 4Gamer shares a few details on what the new game will bring.


According to the report, the cast will be made up of all new characters, while retaining the essence of the past Hayarigami games. For this reason, the game isn’t considered a part of its main-numbered series. There will also be a few changes to how the story will be told.


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The story in Shin Hayarigami will start out from the main part of “Blind Man” as the root, and will branch out according to the choices you make.


In addition to features in the previous games, where you used logic to solve supernatural cases, the game introduces a new feature called “Liar’s Art” that will allow you to check a character’s psyche for lies and bring out some useful information.


Here’s a look at two of the game’s characters:


Saki Houjou:


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Saki is a young lady with a refreshing personality, and not a single mean bone in her body. She’s active, and likes to take care of those around her. She’s a determined police officer who never complains in front of others. She does have a bit of a cowardly side to her, but she never shows it.


Saki specializes psychological warfare that involves “lies” and “acts”.


Sojiro Sekimoto:


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Sojiro is a former university professor who studied urban legends. After being suspected of a murder, he’s been spending time at a prison in Tokyo. During his trial, he claimed to have convincing information about an incident at a certain village, and will be cooperating with the police on the matter.


“What is scary?” and “What are the causes of fear?” are questions that have different answers depending on the person. The concept behind the development of Shin Hayarigami is “Let’s make a game that everybody will find scary,” while letting players play to their liking with the choices they make.


According to director Kazuya Takasu, Shin Hayarigami will follow the theme of the series, while pursuing “fear,” so they can make something that fans of the Hayarigami series and fans of horror games can appreciate.


Finally, here’s a look at some of the illustrations for the game.


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Shin Hayarigami is slated for release on August 7, 2014 for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.

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  • “Japan-Only”. No chance of western release, then? :/

    Edit: I’m an idiot. :/

    • 07thCrow

      It might just be referring to the series never being released outside of Japan before (yet). With the rise of indie games and other obscure titles, we might finally see a western release. I hope so, ’cause I seriously need more good horror games in my library! :)

    • Considering that it got a completely new cast and seems to be unrelated (story-wise) to the other games of the series… maybe there’s some hope? :)

      • DyLaN

        Its all up to whether the gameplay element in this is up to NISA “standard” or not.

    • Gigan22

      I honestly wouldn’t count it out. The Corpse Party games were localized, and more recently Danganronpa and Zero Escape. Those were hits, and there have been a lot of surprise localization announcements recently. So I’d say this at least has a fair shot. I also think being on Vita actually helps its localization chances.

      • DyLaN

        The thing is, those VN have gameplay element in it. The reason NISA given for not localizing Special Report Division (another NIS VN) is the lack of gameplay element in it and I doubt this have much gameplay element in it.

  • riceisnice

    Someone should tell Saki her clothes don’t match her skirt.

  • Chogokin

    NIS needs to make more games like this.

    • 07thCrow

      And then they need to bring them over to the west! Can’t forget that!

  • TreizeX

    I love games like these
    Too bad I’ll never get to play it. Localize pls

  • otakumike

    Sounds like a good place to start localizing NISA.

  • revenent hell

    I would love the chance to play this but its doubtful it will be localized I think.
    On the other hand my mind is literally blown…. There’s a girl in shorts and they aren’t daisy dukes or so small they could be bikini bottoms…. Whatever has the world come to?

    • CirnoTheStrongest

      That’s a skirt.

      • revenent hell

        My hope has been crushed. Technically for clothes you don’t get those particular outlines around the crotch region with a skirt so I kind of assumed it was shorts.

        As a female I have worn more than my fair share of those things and cant remember ever seeing that particular “outline” happen.

        Whatever was I thinking?

        • BillyMK

          Well it does looks like shorts if you’re only looking at the thumbnail… (though I saw it as a skirt too).

  • Smooosh

    Looks deliciously terrifying… Me wants

  • “Saki. . . doesn’t have a single mean bone in her body.”
    She’s going to die tragically isn’t she? ; – ;

    • That’s the twist though. You expect her to die, but she won’t lol

      • Rose Spinoza

        The twist will be that she is a monster with NO bones! 8D

      • So she’s not going to die but be forever emotionally and mentally damaged beyond repair?
        That’s even worse TAT

  • That last picture is the most horrifying.

    Beware the creepy doll lol

    • 07thCrow

      You just KNOW that doll is going to be the true evil mastermind behind it all…

    • Harvey Tejada Loto

      i thought it was attack on titan because the guy looks like eren

  • Bunzi

    I applaud them for branching out.

  • Pdugna

    would be cool to see this and the new corpse party localized.

  • Mika Moreno

    This looks terrifying. I really want it… >.< (i wish i could read Japanese…)

  • Ecchitori-san

    Sounds like a persona theme. Anyways, the game looks good. I hope they bring to the west.

  • KuroNathan

    I really wished NIS would bring over their VNs, like their yandere VN

    • DyLaN

      Special Report Division too :'(

  • Yan Zhao

    ITs always nice to see refreshing games outside of your overdone genres.

  • Revolver Jesus Super Pimp

    Shieeeeet. Bring this over to the west. I’ll gladly buy this.

  • Need need need need need this game.

  • Looks pretty spiffy. I’m interested!

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