Haunting Ground Announced

Capcom Europe has today confirmed that it plans to release in early 2005, exclusively for PS2, Haunting Ground, a psychological horror title known as Demento in Japan. "Fiona, the game’s protagonist, wakes to find herself in the dank cellar of a castle. Confused and frightened, she begins to investigate other rooms, menacingly dark corridors and grounds looking for answers. The more secrets the castle reveals, the more Fiona learns about her past and even more worringly, her future". Press 'read more' for details and first screenshots.
CAPCOM ANNOUNCES HAUNTING GROUND London – 5 October, 2004 – CE Europe today announced plans to release Haunting Ground for the PlayStation® 2. Known as Demento in Japan, Haunting Ground promises to deliver a compelling mix of horror, adventure and puzzles when it is released in early 2005. Fiona, the game’s protagonist, wakes to find herself in the dank cellar of a castle. Confused and frightened, she begins to investigate other rooms, menacingly dark corridors and grounds looking for answers. The more secrets the castle reveals, the more Fiona learns about her past and even more worringly, her future... Haunting Ground cleverly lets the player feel Fiona’s state of mind as she explores the castle. Not knowing who they are and the plans they have in store for her when Fiona encounters its other inhabitants, she naturally becomes frightened and the control pad mimics the pounding of her heart. Fiona will also become much more difficult to control and will stumble and fall. To add to the experience, Fiona’s fear is also represented graphically with colour fading from the screen to be replaced by stark monochrome. By running away or hiding, Fiona’s heart rate and actions will return to normal and colour will be restored. Fiona is aided in her search for answers by Hewie, an Alsatian dog, which she befriends by releasing from a trap. Just as in real life Hewie does not at first obey all of the commands Fiona gives him, but as his trust for his new mistress grows so does his willingness to do as she bids including fetching objects and even attacking assailants. The success of this partnership is crucial if Fiona is to solve the castle’s mysteries and stay alive. Capcom has enlisted the assistance of Naoto Takenaka, a renowned Japanese film director and actor to direct Haunting Ground’s cut scenes and bring an unprecedented sense of foreboding and atmosphere to the game which brilliantly compliment its graphical style. Haunting Ground includes the following features – • Compelling storyline which is unveiled to the player as Fiona makes her own realisations about her past and future. • Highly innovative representation of the character’s state of mind • Ability to give Hewie orders such as stay, fetch and attack • Cut scenes directed by Naoto Takenaka CE Europe Ltd, headquartered in London, England, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Capcom, Co., Ltd. of Japan. A leading force in the multi-billion dollar interactive entertainment industry, Capcom’s legacy spans more than 22 years of entertaining video gamers. Capcom develops, markets, and distributes home video games for the PlayStation® game console, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo® GameCube and the Xbox™ game consoles, Game Boy® Advance and Game Boy® Color Systems, personal computers, and coin-operated games. Worldwide recognizable product lines include the Resident Evil, Street Fighter, Mega Man, Breath of Fire, and Onimusha series. World headquarters in Osaka, Japan, the company also has offices in Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, Germany and Sunnyvale, California. The company is publicly traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange code number 9697. Capcom, Street Fighter and Resident Evil are registered trademarks of Capcom Co., Ltd. Onimusha, Mega Man and Breath of Fire are trademarks of Capcom Co., Ltd. “PlayStation” and the "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Nintendo, Game Cube, Game Boy and Game Boy Advance are trademarks of Nintendo. Xbox and Microsoft are trademarks of Microsoft Corp. All rights reserved. All other marks are the property of their respective holders.