Clock Tower spiritual successor NightCry will be releasing on Steam and Playism on March 29, 2016.
This marks a relatively quick turnaround for the game codenamed Project Scissors, originally announced and launched on Kickstarter on January 2015. Developer Nude Maker assembled a dream team of developers and artists for the project, including The Grudge director Takashi Shimizu, Silent Hill creature designer Masahiro Ito, Bloodmasque and Tenchu artist Kyoshi Arai, Bubblegum Crisis artist Shinki Aramaki, Castlevania composer Michiru Yamane, and of course, the lead developer for the Clock Tower series, Hifumi Kono..
The game itself is a point-and-click adventure in the mold of classic Japanese 3D horror exploration game Clock Tower for the PlayStation, which is itself a remake of the 2D original on the Super Famicom. This time, NightCry offers three playable characters, and a mystery set in a cruise ship vacation that turns into a nightmare when a mysterious scissors-wielding assailant starts taking out the ship’s visitors and crew.
As noted, development was unusually quick for a Kickstarter funded game, and perhaps laudably so. A little over a year after a successful crowdfund, Nude Maker released a playable alpha. A mere month after that, Nude Maker and publisher Playism had finalized release and bundle details, short of the final release date. NightCry was also promised for PC, but Playism and Nude Maker have yet to share release details for that version. While console ports were not planned in the crowdfund, they are not completely out of the equation.