Four years on from its initial release, Yangyang Mobile‘sThe Letter: A Horror Visual Novel is finally coming to console, with plans for a release on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S this December.
Originally released in 2017 for PC and mobile, The Letter draws inspiration from Asian horror cinema—with Ju-On: The Grudge and Ring cited in particular—to tell the story of seven people who fall victim to a vicious curse surrounding the mysterious Ermengarde Mansion. The story unfolds in a non-chronological fashion through the perspectives of all seven characters, with a particular focus on a branching narrative structure with choices that affect, among other things, who survives the ordeal. It’s also a game that puts character development at its centre, exploring the relationships that develop and using its horror themes to delve into the minds of the cast.
Since its initial release, The Letter has met with plenty of praise, in particular around the depth of its characterisation and the plenty of scares it has in store. (I don’t have a review of my own to link to, but from what I’ve played, it’s a terrifying adventure with a .)
In addition to digital releases on all the aforementioned platforms, publisher eastasiasoft is also working on standard and Limited Edition boxed releases for Nintendo Switch. The Limited Edition includes the game, manual, soundtrack CD, and numbered certificate in a collector’s box, and is limited to 2000 copies. Both versions will open up for pre-order from Playasia on Thursday, 16 September at 11pm Hong Kong time (17 September, 3am NZST / 1am AEST).
The Letter was Yangyang Mobile’s debut title. Since its release, the Phillipines-based studio has released two more games: Love Esquire, a comedy dating sim about a squire trying to get some action before he gets shipped off to war, and Perfect Gold: The Alchemy of Happiness, a coming-of-age yuri visual novel about two magic students who find a second chance at love and friendship. Love Esquire launched on PC and mobile in 2019, before getting a Switch port earlier this year, while Perfect Gold came out for PC in April.
Further details about the console release of The Letter, including pricing, launch discounts, and a firm release date, will be shared closer to the December release window.