Okami Kakushi Announced
It was announced earlier this week by Konami that famed Higurashi no Naku Koro ni creator Ryukishi07 will be working with Peach-Pit to create a new PSP mystery adventure game called “Okami Kakushi”. (source: ANN)
Other than what’s posted on ANN there doesn’t seem to be any other details on the game itself however, based on the title and description there’s bound to be some supernatural elements in the game (as with Ryukishi07’s previous works). The title is a play on words, where the first part “Okami” can either mean a god or a wolf. The two are usually distinguished by writing them in Japanese Kanji, but in this case the title was written in Hiragana which is sort of like the alphabet in that it only gives the pronounciation of the word. The second word in the title “Kakushi” can either mean “concealed” or “hidden”, making the rough English translation of the title “Hidden God/Wolf”.
So some of you are probably wondering who Ryukishi07 is and why this game is so special. To be breif, Ryukishi07 started out as an amateur game developer but quickly rose to fame with the success of his Higurashi no Naku Koro ni murder-mystery series and later with Umineko no Naku Koro ni. The Higurashi games have spawned several console games, a manga, a light novel, 2 full anime seasons, a live action movie, and an OVA, while Umineko is due to receive an anime adaptation late this year. Ryukishi07 is seen as a god-like figure (or at least somewhere way up there) among many fans of the murder-mystery genre. With these credentials, I’m sure a lot of people will be looking forward to Okami Kakushi once the release date is announced.