By Michael Fontanini / December 30th, 2016
Ryukishi07, a dōjin suspense game maker, and the creator of the When They Cry series, has revealed new information on the official 07th Expansion Twitter account. He tweeted on Friday that he is planning to release the next entry in the Naku Koro ni (When they Cry) series sometime in 2017. He also stated that he is planning to make the new entry “completely different” from the previous Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (Higurashi: When They Cry) and Umineko no Naku Koro ni (Umineko – When They Cry).
Back in 2002, 07th Expansion released the first chapter of the Higurashi: When They Cry visual novel at Comiket. It’s story centers around a series of murders that coincide with a quiet, rural village’s annual festival. It inspired two TV anime series, manga interpretations by several artists, a few video anime projects, as well as a live-action TV series and two live-action films.
Umineko no Naku Koro ni (Umineko – When They Cry) would follow in its predecessor’s footsteps to a degree in 2007, when it debuted at Comiket. Further following in those footsteps, it also inspired a TV anime and a manga. This time the story involves 18 people landing on a remote island known as Rokkenjima. It is October 1986 when a cluster of murders breaks the peace.
In 2009, the original Higurashi no Naku Koro ni visual novel landed on MangaGamer, after the company licensed the rights to translate the franchise. Since then, they’ve been releasing remastered versions of all Higurashi no Naku Koro ni releases. They’re being released as 14 chapters and also include some new and previously unreleased content. They just released the fourth chapter, Higurashi: When They Cry Hou – Ch 4, on Steam back in October.
Back in July 2016, Umineko – When They Cry -Question Arcs- was released on MangaGamer as well. And later on, in October, they announced plans to release the Golden Fantasia CROSS fighting game spinoff, too.
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