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When Does Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse Release? Nintendo Switch Release Date Guide

The Return of the Horror
FATAL FRAME Mask of the Lunar Eclipse
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During the Nintendo Direct on September 13, the return of a classic survival horror franchise was announced. Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse, which had previously been Japan-exclusive, will be receiving a remaster for the Nintendo Switch. Fatal Frame has been seeing a resurgence of late, with the fifth mainline game also seeing a remaster in late-2021. But, when can fans anticipate getting their paws on this “new” release? It could be sooner than you expect!

Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse Release Date

As unfortunate as it is to write this, there is no release date for Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse. As of writing, it’s slated for release in early 2023, but that’s as specific as we can be right now. But, early 2023 is less than half-a-year away, so it could be that you’ll be able to play as Ruka Minazuki sooner than later!

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Fatal Frame IV: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse initially released in Summer 2008 for the Wii. It was developed by Tecmo, Nintendo SPD, and Grasshopper Manufacture. Until now, the game was exclusive to Japan. It was followed up by Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water in 2014, which also received a remaster in 2021.

Will Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse be Multi-Platform?

Yes! According to a press release by Koei-Tecmo, Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse will be available digitally for Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam.

Here is an official description for this entry in the famed series, via the press release:

FATAL FRAME: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse takes place a decade after five girls mysteriously disappeared at a festival on Rōgetsu Isle, an island in southern Japan. While all of the girls were eventually rescued, their memories were lost, with only the faint remembrance of a single melody and a seemingly possessed masked woman dancing in the moonlight. Now, ten years later, with still no memory of the events surrounding their disappearance, two of the five girls have died — discovered with covered faces and found in a tragic, crying pose. The remaining three girls now head off to the eerie island to solve the mystery of their friends’ death, while also unlocking the mystery of the memories left behind.”

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