It's not arriving in time for Halloween, but The Letter: A Horror Visual Novel does a good job at signposting what to expect – it's now confirmed to be coming to Switch eShop in December, while there'll be a run of 2000 physical copies in a Limited Edition, which will be unveiled on 15th September on Play-Asia.
The Letter is the work of Yangyang Mobile, the development team behind the rather good Love Esquire. Like that project this new title is definitely a mature game, with the Steam listing (on which it has very positive user reviews) going so far as to give a detailed content warning. For horror fans, though, it may certainly be worth a look.
The developer highlights sources of inspiration such as Ju-ON: The Grudge and The Ring, and after a light tone at the start of the trailer it certainly shifts it up rather quickly.
When seven people fall prey to a vicious curse, they discover that the true threat rests not within the shadows, but within their own hearts and minds. The Letter: A Horror Visual Novel is an interactive horror-themed drama inspired by classic Asian horror films. Told through an immersive branching narrative, the game casts players in the ever-shifting roles of seven characters as they find themselves entangled in a mystery that’s plagued Ermengarde Mansion for centuries.
The choices you make will shape and drive the story forward. Will you mend a relationship on the verge of collapse, or will you let it fall apart? Will you risk saving someone despite the consequences you could face or leave them to meet a gruesome end? Beyond the horror themes of The Letter: A Horror Visual Novel, there is heavy emphasis on character development and interaction. The fate of each of these individuals is in your hands.
Let us know what you think – one for the wishlist?
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