Fatal Frame gets a makeover
[01.11.02] » Zero Japanese schoolgirl outfits to be found
the the U.S version.
Unbeknownst to many gamers, Temco has been particularly
careful over the last year to make the American releases of its Japanese
titles palatable to a US audience. Unison got not only a new set of
songs, but almost entirely redone choreography; in Gallop Racer, the
company added the betting mode that US horse-racing sim fans (both
of them) demanded; and the disturbingly prepubescent training assistant
in Monster Rancher 3 was redrawn to look much older. It seems not
that Fatal Frame (formerly know as Zero) is on its way stateside,
a similar change are in the works.
In its first official release regarding the American
version, Tecmo revealed that Miku, Fatal Frame's lead character, will
be substantially changed for US release. Most obviously, the American
Miku (below on the right) has been aged several years and now appears
to be in her late teens rather than early. Her hair has been lightened
and, in general, her features are more realistic than the somewhat
anime-styled Japanese version (on the left).
Beyond this, Tecmo has also seen fit to alter the
character's clothes from the Japanese school uniform garb of the original
to something slightly simpler and has added a few inches to her frame. It's
unknown at this point if Tecmo plans any other changes for game.