It is the end of an era. The final Higurashi When They Cry Hou chapter is about to be released on PCs in English. On May 14, 2020, Matsuribayashi will finish up an in-game story that has lasted four years. This eighth and final episode will cost $7.95.
To provide some perspective, since the game’s 2014 launch in Japan, MangaGamer has been releasing at least one episode of the eight-episode Higurashi When They Cry Hou sound novel per year. The pace was slightly quicker originally, as Onikakushi and Watanagashi were both released in 2015 and Tatarigoroshi and Himatsubushi launched in 2016. Since then, installments have appeared yearly, with Meakashi in 2017, Ysumihoroboshi in 2018, and Minagoroshi in 2019. Since Matsuribayashi is the final piece of a multi-year puzzle, please begin reading this visual novel where its ambiance, voice acting, sound effects, and soundtrack from Onikakushi.
The English release of Higurashi When They Cry Hou is something of an “ultimate” one. In addition to the expected English localization, it allows people to see “renewed” character art inspired by the original designs. If you decide to get it on Steam, you can even earn achievements.
Higurashi When they Cry Hou is available for the PC worldwide. It is also on the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 in Japan. The eighth and final arc, Matsuribayashi, will be released in English on May 14, 2020. It will also be getting an anime series in July 2020.