Higurashi When They Cry Hou‘s first chapter will be free to own on Steam and on MangaGamer until an effective vaccine for COVID-19 is found. The official MangaGamer Twitter account made the announcement. As part of the The Hinamizawa Virus Bundle, you will be able to download the first chapter for free and get chapters two through four of Higurashi When They Cry Hou for 75% off until July 14, 2020.
Steam users will be able to receive the first chapter for free later today, after the launch of chapter eight. If you use the MangaGamer website, you can download the first chapter for free immediately.
Starting today, we will be hosting a unique campaign here at MangaGamer, The Hinamizawa Virus Bundle, for those struggling with the ongoing pandemic. The first chapter of #Higurashi will be free-to-own on our website & Steam until an effective vaccine for COVID-19 is discovered. pic.twitter.com/u47yDrET2h
— MangaGamer (@MangaGamer) May 14, 2020
The English release of Higurashi When they Cry Hou comes with new character art inspired by the original designs, and a full English localization. In addition to this, the Steam version also comes with achievements for achievement hunters. Higurashi When They Cry is a murder mystery visual novel that has received several anime adaptations since its release. The story takes in the fictional village of Hinamizawa and follows Keiichi Maebara as he discovers the dark history of Hinamizawa.
Higurashi When they Cry Hou is immediately available for PCs worldwide. It is also available on the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 in Japan. The eighth and final arc, Matsuribayashi, will be released in English on May 14, 2020.