Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou Game Heads to PS4 in 2019

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Physical, digital, limited-edition versions ship in Japan on January 24

Entergram revealed on Friday that Ryukishi07's Higurashi - When They Cry Hou (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou) game will ship for PlayStation 4 in Japan on January 24. The release will be available in physical and digital copies, as well as a limited edition.

Zakuro Motoki, sound director for 07th Expansion works, said on Twitter on Tuesday that the game would get a PS4 release. Amazon Japan also began listing the game for release on PS4 in 2019.

For the PS4 release, the regular physical version will cost 7,980 yen (about US$70), the digital version will cost 6,980 yen (about US$62), and the limited edition will cost 9,980 yen (about US$88). Similar to the Nintendo Switch version, the limited-edition release will bundle a drama CD and visual book. All versions will again include 19 scenarios from Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Sui, as well as three new scenarios.

The game launched for Nintendo Switch in Japan on July 26.

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.

Ryūkishi07 and 07th Expansion released Higurashi - When They Cry Hou for PC in Japan in 2014 as a "thank you" to series fans (the kanji used for Hō is used in the word Hōnō, "dedication"). The game includes the previously unreleased work "Hinamizawa Teiryūjo" (Hinamizawa Bus Stop) that was a precursor to the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni series, the Higurashi Outbreak original story, and the Higurashi Outbreak: Kamikanshi-hen sequel.

MangaGamer released the original visual novel in 2009, and has been releasing Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou as 14 individual chapters. The company released the Higurashi: When They Cry Hou - Ch 6 Tsumihoroboshi visual novel on Steam on June 14.

Sources: Entergram's website, Dengeki Online

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