Will 'Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water' Be Enhanced for the Nintendo Switch?

Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water will be ported to the Nintendo Switch later this year. Revealed during the Nintendo Direct livestream, alongside a new WarioWare game and a Legend of Zelda Game & Watch, the title was originally released on the Wii U back in September 2014.

Like all great J-horror tales, the story revolves around a mysterious place that harbours a disturbing secret and a painful legacy. You control three protagonists (whose narratives eventually intertwine) as they explore the Hikami Mountain and its dilapidated environs to uncover the sinister connection between a string of deaths. Along the way, you will be attacked by ghoulish revenants who can only be defeated through the power of an antique camera.

It's a game that prioritizes creeping dread and atmosphere, as opposed to out-and-out action, and has some pretty memorable highlights, including a trip to a shrine filled with life-size dolls.

While other entire in the Fatal Frame series (or Project Zero as it is known overseas) have gone on to earn cult classics status, particularly the second one, Maiden of Black Water had a relatively lukewarm reception at the time. Boasting a Metacritic score of 67, this fifth mainline outing was generally considered to be a step down from its beloved predecessors, especially in terms of controls and narrative structure.

Obviously, an enhanced version for the Switch will not be able to fix any story problems, but there are still a few improvements that it could make. This has led many to wonder if the game will be upgraded in any way when it is brought to Nintendo's newer console.

According to the official website, Maiden of Black Water will indeed receive a visual overhaul when it debuts on the Switch later this year. There was only so much the Wii U was capable of from a technical standpoint and so, to capitalize on the prettier graphics here, there will also be an obligatory next-gen photo mode. This will allow you to really scrutinize any improved textures and character models.

In addition to this, a few extra costumes have been added to the game, although we do not know much about these at the time of writing.

Interestingly, the end of the Nintendo Direct trailer reveals that Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water will also be coming to the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and Xbox One.

It is reasonable to assume it will make use of the features associated with these more powerful consoles, such as faster loading times, a higher frame rate option, and maybe even the DualSense controller's haptic feedback.

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This picture shows Ose Kurosawa, the main antagonist of "Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water." Koei Tecmo