Fatal Frame Series

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The Fatal Frame Series (also known as 零 or Project Zero series) is a videogame series created by Keisuke Kikuchi (菊地啓介) and Makoto Shibata (柴田誠) and produced by Tecmo. It is designed and programmed by Tecmo's game development group Project Zero. The settings of the Fatal Frame games are usually locations that are rumored to be haunted. The main character - usually a girl with a sixth sense - becomes trapped, but finds an antique camera with the ability to dispel ghosts. The Camera Obscura is a creation of the famed occultist Dr. Kunihiko Asou. As the protagonist makes her way through the game, she learns more about ancient rituals that took place (and went horribly wrong) in the place where she has become trapped. In order to come out alive, the protagonist must solve the mystery of the ritual and lift the curse.

Series Origin

The Fatal Frame series had its beginnings when creator Keisuke Kikuchi was working on Tecmo's popular Kagero/Deception series. He began to toy with the idea of a player being forced to explore and find their way through a haunted house. Originally, Kikuchi had pitched the idea to Capcom, which, with its Resident Evil and Clocktower series, was then much more deeply involved in the survival horror genre than Tecmo. Capcom rejected the idea, but luckily Kikuchi successfully pitched the project to Tecmo.

At first, the game concept for the original Fatal Frame closely mirrored that of another popular Japanese Survival Horror Playstation video game series called Otogiriso (弟切草). Some of the old plot line of the story was available to read at the original Fatal Frame video game US website[1]. The game's plot was gradually tweaked and altered into its current form.

The series has since grown to three installments (all making the Playstation Best of the Best list in Japan), with a fourth game currently only released in Japan for the Wii.

Timeline of the Series

So far, every game in the series has been connected in one way or another, even if only through ties with Dr. Asou. Check the Timeline for a complete time line of the series and actions of its characters.

Games in the series

Other Spinoff Games

Other Media

See Also


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