Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Utsutsu VR Experience Runs in Tokyo in May

posted on by Jennifer Sherman

From involvement in games to videos to adult content to toys, virtual-reality technology is receiving a lot of buzz lately. Now Ryukishi07's Higurashi no Naku Koro ni game and franchise is inspiring a new project in the world of VR.

An official website for the "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Utsutsu" ("VR When They Cry... Utsutsu") VR experience opened on Saturday. The project will hold an event in Tokyo on May 19, and the official website is accepting applications until May 8. People must be at least 18 years old to participate.

The website is currently offering a taste of the experience with a 360° video. People can view the video on smartphones and move around to experience the creepy school setting fully. The video's story covers the Tsumihoroboshi-hen (Atonement Chapter) arc from the original software. The VR experience will also add original story content.

The dōjin circle 07th Expansion launched the first chapter of the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni visual novel software in 2002 at Comiket. The story revolves around murders that coincide with an annual festival in a quiet rural village. The software inspired two television anime series, several video anime projects, a live-action television series, two live-action films, and manga adaptations by several artists.

DMM Games and Ryukishi07's Iwaihime PC horror game is receiving a PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita port that will ship on July 20. Ryukishi07 also launched the Renai Harem Game Shūryō no Oshirase ga Kuru Koro ni (The Love Harem Game's End When the Notice Comes) manga in Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine in November.

[Via Mogura VR, Hachima Kikō]

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