Corpse Party II: Darkness Distortion will launch worldwide later this year… perhaps just in time for Halloween?

Is the Heavenly Host saga really continuing?

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The key art for Corpse Party II: Darkness Distortion.

The Corpse Party series is a bit confusing if you’re a newcomer. The first game in the series, originally launched in the mid-’90s, has been remade/re-released a ridiculous amount of times. There’s a sequel that isn’t a sequel but also is one (it’s literally called Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient). But now, what you need to know is the Heavenly Host saga. It begins with Corpse Party, continues with Corpse Party: Book of Shadows, and ended with Corpse Party: Blood Drive. But then enters Corpse Party II: Darkness Distortion. In August 2020, the Mages. YouTube channel released a video of the Heavenly Host saga timeline, with the end stating “202X,” “Darkness Distortion,” and “More Corpse…” The game was officially announced last August, but there wasn’t a ton more to know until today past the possible Heavenly Host link until today. But good news! Corpse Party II: Darkness Distortion will be released later this year. Worldwide. Digitally and physically. And there’s a proper announcement trailer to boot!

Here’s the kicker, though. Corpse Party II: Darkness Distortion returns to the franchise, yes… but with new characters, a new setting, and a new curse. It is specifically described as a standalone adventure. That Heavenly Host link may not be there after all. Or it could be. I don’t know what I know about that tidbit anymore.'s Discord banner. You click on it to be taken to the Website's Discord server

Here’s what I do know I know: three high school friends are exploring the Amare Eve Vivere Hospital as they “test” an urban legend so one of them can get more subscribers. Unfortunately, the legend know as Ayame’s Mercy is true and the girls trigger an old curse that sends them to a dark realm. They will have to avoid Ayame’s vengeful spirit and other horrors from the past while they search for a way to end the curse. Now. Forever.

Players can explore the hospital halls in third-person and first-person viewpoints. The new third-person perspective compliments the visual novel-like storytelling, made more terrifying with updated visuals, gruesome descriptions, and spine-tingling audio. Corpse Party II: Darkness Distortion includes original Japanese voiceovers. There are six chapters with eight additional scenarios and plenty of Wrong Ends.

Physically, Corpse Party II: Darkness Distortion will be available for PlayStation (in North America) and Nintendo Switch (North America and Europe) as a standard or a limited edition. The limited edition (Ayame’s Mercy Edition) includes a copy of the game with a reversible cover sleeve, a blue LED candle styled after the in-game save points, a 64-page artbook filled with behind-the-scenes content, a spooky Ayame’s Mercy lenticular art card, an evidence kit containing items pulled right out of the game, and an Amare Est Vivere Medical Kit metal outer case.

Corpse Party II: Darkness Distortion is being co-developed by Team GrisGris and Mages., and published by Marvelous/Marvelous Europe/Xseed Games (depending on the location). It will be released worldwide for PC via Steam, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch “this fall,” which to me means Q4. Fingers crossed for an October launch date!

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Lindsay picked up an NES controller for the first time at the age of 6 and instantly fell in love. She began reviewing GBA games 20 years ago and quickly branched out from her Nintendo comfort zone. She has has developed a great love of life sims and FMV titles. For her, accessibility is one of the most important parts of any game (but she also really appreciates good UI).

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