Surreal Japanese Horror Game Gets Surprise Reboot

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Kadokawa’s mysterious countdown unveils an official follow-up to the 2004 cult horror game.

Update: Kadokawa Corporation and Active Gaming Media Inc. have announced Yume Nikki: Dream Diary, an official reboot of 2004 cult horror game Yume Nikki. It will launch on Steam and Playism on February 23, 2018 for $ 19.99.

Details about the game are scarce, but based on screenshots and information posted on its official website and Steam page, it appears to be a 3D adventure game that “combines influences from the original game and other recent indie juggernauts.” It will feature returning characters as well as characters creator Kikiyama cut from the original Yume Nikki. In the language box on Steam, English and Japanese are marked as available languages for the interface, but “full audio” and “subtitles” remain unchecked, which could mean Yume Nikki: Dream Diary will contain no dialogue, just like the 2004 original.

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According to its Steam page, “YUMENIKKI -DREAM DIARY- was created under total supervision and with unmitigated cooperation from the original creator, Kikiyama himself.”

More information will be revealed on January 31.

Original story below…

A since-deleted story from Japanese game site Game Maniax has seemingly revealed a new Yume Nikki project, titled Yume Nikki: Dream Diary. It appears to be a 3D remake or adaptation of the original Yume Nikki from 2004 (which literally translates into dream diary), a cult horror game created in RPG Maker by an anonymous developer called Kikiyama.

Published by Kadokawa Corporation, the upcoming Yume Nikki: Dream Diary is reportedly set to launch for PC on February 23, 2018, but it’s unclear whether this is a worldwide release date, or Japanese-only for now.

Earlier this month, Japanese game distributor AGM Playism released the original Yume Nikki on Steam, on the same day a timer associated with Kadokawa began counting down to a new Yume Nikki project. Over the weeks, the timer’s website has slowly changed — first with the addition of Madotsuki, the game’s player character, in the lower left corner — which linked to two mysterious teasers — and later with a Yume Nikki: Dream Diary logo added at the top. IGN has reached out to Playism for comment on Yume Nikki: Dream Diary.

Screenshots and concept art posted on Game Maniax show familiar character and locations: Madotsuki on the balcony of her apartment, Madotsuki standing in the Pink Sea, overlooking the teleportation balloons and the triangular spires of Poniko’s house, and Madotsuki in front of the TV playing her Famicom. We also see Madotsuki, Poniko, Monoko and her sister Monoe, Kyuukyuu, and a hostile Toriningen in another piece of art.

Left – Yume Nikki: Dream Diary (2018) / Right – Yume Nikki (2004)

But there are some unfamiliar sights too: two creature design sketches, Madotsuki carrying a lantern through a dark city street (perhaps a nod to the Lamp effect) as a shadowy figure walks in front of her, and Madotsuki inside a dimly lit classroom with what appears to be a Hamsa symbol sketched on the chalkboard. A glowing neon object leans on the wall behind her.

The official countdown timer for Yume Nikki: Dream Diary ends at roughly 11:00 pm PT / 2:00 am ET tonight, when we will presumably receive official word on Yume Nikki: Dream Diary.

Chloi Rad is an Associate Editor for IGN. Follow her on Twitter at @_chloi.

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