Mista Stories and Mamekujira have announced a remake of Scar of the Doll, a suspense visual novel originally developed in RPG Maker 95 and released in 1998. It will launch for Switch this summer in Japan.
Scar of the Doll is considered to be a pioneer indie visual novel, and was a topic of discussion for its psychologically compelling horror elements and highly dramatic scenario—even being featured in a mystery magazines. The original game is currently available for PC via Steam in both English and Japanese.
The remake will feature Hiroyuki Oshima’s “Tobu Yume o Mienai” as the main theme song; remastered versions of the original background music; major additions to the latter half of the story, including a scenario told from the perspective of a sub-character; updated graphics, including characters and stills; and the option to turn on or off the game’s horror elements.
Here is the story synopsis:
December. The last few days of the year in Tokyo. Asumi Kamijou, who has come to the city on her own, is the protagonist of this story.
The story rapidly unfolds over the seven days between December 18 and 24.
Asumi had lost all contact with her older sister, who is attending graduate school in Tokyo. Concerned, she visits Tokyo to ensure her sister is safe.
However, there was no trace of her sister at her laboratory, nor at the apartment where she should be living. At a loss, Asumi wonders what happened to her sister…
Asumi is determined to track down her sister. But she has no way of knowing the horrors she is about to face.
As a psycho horror that combines both intense drama and dread, Scar of the Doll is highly acclaimed in various circles. It draws the player in with an authentic scenario that has been featured in mystery magazines, expressive characters, and sounds that enhance the production.
Watch the announcement trailer below. Visit the official website here.