I frickin’ love Corpse Party, if my previous READ.ME column on the subject wasn’t enough to already convince you of this fact. One of the most terrifying, horrific games I’ve ever played, not to mention one of my favorite PSP titles, Corpse Party blended a self-consciously retro aesthetic with the narrative-heavy, character-driven trappings of the visual novel genre to produce a wonderful — if gruesome — experience that will stay with you long after you’ve beaten it.
Now, those who enjoyed it as much as I did will be delighted to hear the following piece of news: Xseed Games have confirmed via the PlayStation Blog that the official sequel to Corpse Party, known as Book of Shadows, is coming to North America “this winter” with a European release to follow shortly afterwards. It’s a shame that it looks like it won’t quite be ready for Halloween, but in the meantime, the original Corpse Party will be available for just $9.99 from tomorrow until November 6, meaning that those who are yet to experience the series’ horrifying but compelling charms will have a chance to jump on board and experience it from the beginning.
Corpse Party: Book of Shadows is split into eight chapters, each of which tells its own self-contained short story. (This is a contrast from the original game, which unfolded across five chapters and told a single linear narrative — though various bonus scenes unlocked as you progressed.) Some chapters show what was going on with characters from the original game while they were off-screen; others provide alternate versions of events from the first game in which characters who previously died get a “second chance.” The game concludes with a final chapter called “Blood Drive,” which acts as a true sequel to the original game, focusing on two of the survivors as they attempt to dig up some answers.
Watch out for Corpse Party: Book of Shadows in the next few months, and be sure to pick up a half-price copy of Corpse Party from tomorrow onwards.