Fatal Frame has been a cult classic horror series since its inception, with several bizarre entries since its debut in 2001. Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse debuted for the Nintendo Wii in 2008, but it was never released. outside of Japan — ironic, since the game is actually set in Europe. It will finally arrive in the West 15 years later.
Announced during the Nintendo Direct on September 13, 2022, the fourth Fatal Frame game will launch on Nintendo Switch, as well as PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and PC via Steam in “early 2023”. That’s how the reveal trailer ended, though we don’t have a more specific launch date than that. Given the updated platform, it will definitely be better than the original version, but we don’t know of any potential Switch-specific features.
As for the original game, Mask of the Lunar Eclipse features the shooting mechanic the Fatal Frame series is known for. The Camera Obscura, as your weapon is called, takes pictures of ghosts, dealing more damage the closer you are to the spirit. This is what has always made games so scary – you have to face your fears head-on and get closer to the poltergeists. Characters are also armed with a flashlight that can help you see through the dark, and a special spirit flashlight even stuns ghosts. The camera and flashlight could be controlled via Wii motion controls originally, so you should expect the same with the Switch and its Joy-Cons. Moving around the whole unit as if you were actually holding the Camera Obscura seems like a perfect fit.
Mask of the Lunar Eclipse is the fourth game in the Fatal Frame series, but it’s not the most recent release. Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water was first released on Wii U in 2014, but you can get it on a variety of current-gen consoles and PCs these days. If you want to play it before Mask of the Lunar Eclipse arrives, make sure you know how the Fatal Frame blueprints work.