Following its announcement at Anime Expo 2019, Aksys Games has confirmed that Spirit Hunter: NG, the sequel to last year’s Death Mark, is seeing release later this year on 10th October.

Unlike the last minute arrival of Luigi’s Mansion 3 on 31st October, NG is dropping on Switch with plenty of time to get in the mood for the spookiest season of the year. It follows the story of a young man hunting down the person (or perhaps the thing) that has seemingly abducted his little sister. Featuring art from illustrator Fumiya Sumio and a ‘Judge System’ which enables you to respond with “a spectrum of reactions”, we assume that will include more options than just our immediate response to horrific situations (soil self, then run away… awkwardly).

With a branching narrative and plenty to keep you awake until the dead of night, it’s certainly something to look forward to if you enjoyed the first game as much as we did. It went straight onto our list of the best horror games on Switch and in our review we commended it with the following appraisal:

It’s a rare game that can start off tense and then continuously ratchets up the mood to almost unbearable levels until the final moments of the final chapter – and an even rarer one that has enough alternative characters, dialogue, and endings to make it worth playing through more than once – but Death Mark succeeds where it really counts. There’s plenty on offer here for both horror fans as well as those looking for a mystery that requires more than hoarding knick-knacks and waiting patiently for your character to officially notice something before you can proceed.

It sounds like this follow-up could be something pretty special if it expands on the template of the original, so we’ll be keeping an eye on this one. Here’s the trailer for those of you who missed the initial announcement:

Did you play Death Mark? Will you be investigating this sequel come All Hallow’s Eve this year? Let us know your deepest darkest fears below…

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