Utsuromayu is a Japanese horror game that mixes nostalgia with fear

Nayuta Studio has released gameplay footage of its new horror game Utsuromayu (tentative title), which is currently in development. The footage shows the player walk through a deserted country town, as well as explore a dilapidated, old mansion. The game is due out in 2023 for PC (Steam).

Tweet Translation:
We have released a gameplay video of Utsuromayu (tentative title), a 3D Japanese-style horror game that is currently in development.

The game will be released on Steam in 2023.
We want many people to play the game, so we would be grateful if you could support it by giving it a like or sharing it with others.
Thank you very much.

Utsuromayu is set in the Japanese countryside. A certain event prompts the protagonist to visit their mother’s hometown for the first time in around ten years. However, as the sun sets, the feelings of nostalgia are transformed into those of terror.

At the beginning of the newly revealed footage, we see the protagonist walk by a deserted bus stop and store. In front of the store is an old-fashioned arcade game, where the objective is to flick a coin into the goal. It appears to serve as a playable minigame that requires you to pull levers on the side of the machine to flick the coin back and forth. 

The second half of the video briefly shows the protagonist exploring a mansion at night before it shifts to what seems to be that same mansion in ruins. The game looks like it’s shaping up to be an immersive horror experience that will make you suddenly want to check if something is creeping up behind you.

In a past tweet, UTUTUYA mentioned that the game will include puzzle-solving elements. It seems the puzzle solving will also incorporate hints that help unravel the mysteries behind the game’s story.

Tweet Translation:
The very first gameplay footage for a horror game set in Japan that is currently in development.

We have placed a lot of focus on the atmosphere and sense of immersion, and you can see how in the video, the sounds coming from the other room change just like they would in reality.

The game is being developed by only two people, and it’s difficult for us to spend time on promotion, so we would really appreciate it if you could help out by spreading knowledge about the game.

Nayuta Studio is a Japanese game development team composed of two members. They previously developed the 3D adventure game Cineris Somnia, which was released in 2018. UTUTUYA, one of the members, also sells Japanese-themed 3D models, like inns and schools, on the Unity Asset Store.

Written by. Marco Farinaccia based on the original Japanese article (original article’s publication date: 2023-02-27 08:39 JST)