This classic Japanese horror game is getting remastered for a new audience.
If you’re a fan of the strange and disturbing side of games, you’ve probably heard of Suda51, the quirky moniker for Goichi Suda, the CEO of Grasshopper Manufacture, the same studio behind games like Lollipop Chainsaw and Killer is Dead.
The studio recently announced it plans to remaster its first ever game, The Silver Case, to be released in the West on PC later this year. This will be the studio’s first ever release of the game outside of Japan.
The Silver Case, originally released on the Playstation back in 1999, isn’t what you might expect from a developer infamous for its forays into ultraviolence. The Silver Case is a point-and-click adventure set in a kind of graphic novel style. The story centers on a group of Detectives of the High-Degree Murder Division investigating a series of murders that suggests a serial killer once considered dead, is still alive.
The Silver Case should be an exciting game to play, given the unique visual presentation style it gave players nearly 20 years ago. Players view non-interactive story elements through a “Film Window” and elements of the story constantly change in a series of displays on the screen that function like a dynamic graphic novel.
The style alone of ‘The Silver Case’ makes it a tantalizing play through for point-and-click adventure fans, and given that the game has never been released in an English version, it could be one of the more unexpected gems of 2016. There’s no word yet on when exactly the game will come out in the US, although the US remaster is expected to come out slightly after the Japan release.
The remaster for The Silver Case will be made using the Unity game engine, with the parent company of Playism, Active Gaming Media, taking charge of the English localization. Fans may already be somewhat familiar with ‘The Silver Case’ through another game called Flower, Sun, and Rain, which came out on the Nintendo DS back in 2009.
It will be interesting to see what other plans the studio has in the future. Certainly, a remake of ‘Michigan: Report from Hell’ would be even more hyped, considering this PlayStation 2 gem never made it outside of a Japanese and European release, yet is considered a cult classic of B-movie grade survival horror and a must-play during the Halloween season. Seeing that game remastered through Unity would certainly be a treat. We’re keeping our fingers crossed.