Umineko When They Cry Saku: Nekobako to Musou no Koukyoukyoku will launch for PlayStation 4 and Switch on January 28, 2021 in Japan for 8,800 yen, according to listings at retailers such as Amazon Japan, Rakuten, and Yodobashi.
In addition to the standard edition, a 13,200 yen limited edition will also be available, which includes the following additional items:
- Witches acrylic stand
- Umineko When They Cry Saku potrait art collection
- Golden Butterfly pin badge
- One-Winged Eagle coaster
First-print copies of either edition include a download code for Umineko fighting game spin-off Golden Fantasia (including the “CROSS” expansion). Golden Fantasia was first released for PC in December 2010. The “Cross” expansion followed in December 31. MangaGamer released an English version via Steam in December 2017.
Here is an overview of the story, via the game’s retail listings:
On October 4, 1986, there was a mass murder in a house on an isolated island. On that day, a “sacrifice” to the island was arranged.
The island’s name is Rokkenjima. Located in the Izu Islands, it has a total span of about 10 kilometers. The owner of the island is a Kinzo Ushiromiya, a wealthy man with a vast fortune.
Kinzo’s children and their families held a family meeting to determine the division of properties. The others are there for the purpose of working for Ushiromiya. A total of 18 people were gathered.
…and thus, preparations for the feast were complete. The typhoon that then occurs turns the island into a prison in the distant sea, with no means to escape.
This is a closed circle provided for a tragic event. A slaughterhouse where witches toy with poor victims.
The 18 people that gathered here cannot escape. Only lives scattered like flowers tossed about by a storm.
Is reasoning possible or impossible?
Who will get Kinzo’s vast inheritance? Where are the 10 tons of gold that Kinzo is said to have hidden? Can the mystery of the ominous epitaph indicating its location be solved?
How many people will die? How many people will survive? Or will everyone die? Is the culprit among the 18 people or not?
Is the culprit even a “person”? Or is it a “witch”?
If you deny that it is a witch, the mystery becomes difficult to comprehend. But if you acknowledge the witch, it becomes a ruthless fantasy.
If you want reasoning, then so be it. If there is an answer, then have faith and keep on searching. It is OK to resist. And it is OK to give in.
This is an eternal torture that continues until you believe that there is a witch.