XSEED has announced their incoming localization of visual novel style horror game Corpse Party: Blood Drive.

It was teased a long time ago (twice), but now it’s finally official – Corpse Party: Blood Drive is coming West to North America and it looks oh so sweet.

Here’s a bit about the game, via XSEED’s press release;

The final installment of the supernatural story that began with Corpse Party and continued in Corpse Party: Book of Shadows, Corpse Party: Blood Drive ups the ante by allowing players to explore Heavenly Host Elementary in full 3D for the first time, with all of its formerly 2D environments meticulously recreated and greatly expanded. New gameplay systems provide more exciting interactions for players experiencing the gruesome finale to this tale of an inescapable, otherworldly school populated by vengeful spirits, including a dynamic lighting system aided by an in-game flashlight, talismans to protect the player characters from danger, deadly traps to disarm, cabinets to hide in, a stamina system that allows for limited dashing, and much more.

Blood Drive will be brought over with the original Japanese voice-overs for “authenticity”, and features the return of thematic features like binaural 3D audio for simulated surround sound and the screen-altering “Darkening” system.

Sound fun? It looks even more fun.

Check out the announcement trailer and some screens below;

In addition, the game boasts eleven huge story chapters and eight supplemental extra chapters – and for those who’ve been following the series all along, serve to cap off the Heavenly host story-line with a bang; connecting the dots on old mysteries and revealing shocking twists you won’t believe.

But now to the good bit.

Corpse Party: Blood Drive is due hit North America this Fall and will be available both digitally, and in a limited edition physical “Everafter Edition” release. The limited edition release is set to contain a two-disc compilation of songs and a “Dying Art” book – both sourcing content from the entire three game series.

Marvelous USA Executive VP Ken Barry had this to say about the announcement;

“We’re confident in saying that we’re just as thrilled to be making this announcement as North American Corpse Party fans will be when they find out that Blood Drive will be getting a physical release…”

As always, The Vita Lounge will be here to bring you any developments between now and the release date – including any news on a possible European release – but I have to ask; are you as excited as I am? 🙂

If so, check out these bonus artwork releases before you go;

 

  • Ichigo Yoite

    Please let it be limited physical in Europe too…although I’m already doubting it…another import it is then >_<

  • Devin Hudson

    I’m definitely picking this one up, even though I still need to get around to playing the first two games (I bought them a while back, just haven’t found the time to play them). They get major props for giving it a physical release, though they lose a few points for the “authenticity” comment.

    • dark-kyon

      Not way they can do a dub for this game with same 3d monoural effect in the west.

      • Devin Hudson

        If that’s the case then they should say that, but they shouldn’t say they’re not doing it to keep the game more “authentic”. That’s just an insultingly bad excuse, especially to those who prefer dubs.

        • Ashten Strider

          It’s not a bad excuse. They’re keeping it authentic by keeping the orignal voices. But for the most part there’s no way they can do same voice effects that were done with the Japanese voices. Besides, they’re not going to dub the 3rd game in the series when the first two haven’t been dubbed.

          • Devin Hudson

            I’m not even speaking to this game specifically, it’s just a bad excuse in general. Atlus used the same excuse recently in regards to Dungeon Travelers 2, and that game doesn’t even have any special voice effects.

            I just don’t see how not dubbing a game makes it authentic. Sure, people can play with the original Japanese audio if they think it’ll provide a more authentic experience, but having a dub as an option doesn’t detract from that authenticity. So why not just include both?

            The obvious answer is because dubs are expensive to produce, but saying they’re not dubbing something because it’ll cut into their profit margins probably sounds a bit tacky. But personally, I’d appreciate that kind of honesty over some lame excuse like keeping the game “authentic”.

    • Nonscpo

      For what it’s worth I haven’t even picked up the first two and am considering picking this one up, the fans however are telling me to skip this one and go strait into the PSP games, if only I had more free time 🙁

      • Devin Hudson

        Yeah, lack of free time is the main reason why I haven’t got around to playing the PSP games yet either. I’m hoping I can get around to playing them before this one comes out, but who knows if that will actually happen.

  • EndRant

    Getting that limited physical copy as soon as it goes up.

  • Another limited edition for me to buy haha..ha…..ha 🙂 So Broke!

  • Nonscpo

    Want it, but sadly I haven’t played the previous two yet 🙁