Tecmo and Grasshopper Manufacture's Wii title Fatal Frame IV: Mask Of The Lunar Eclipse
won't be released outside of Japan, since publisher Nintendo has refused.
"Nintendo holds the publishing rights to Fatal Frame Wii, which was developed by Tecmo LTD. and Grasshopper Manufacture and released in Japan on July 31, 2008," Tecmo said in a statement
published by consumer site GameSpot.
"Nintendo of America has since then decided not to publish the title in North America--consequently, the title will not be released in this territory," the statement continued.
is a horror franchise that originally debuted on PlayStation 2 and Xbox, and the Wii installment was highly anticipated by fans of the cult series. It casts players as researchers who must fight ghosts and solve puzzles using only an occult camera, and prioritizes an atmosphere of spectral fear rather than combat and gore, although its imagery tends to be frightening nonetheless.
Nintendo hasn't given any reason why the fourth installment won't see a Western release as originally planned, and neither has the company commented on whether it will consider selling the publishing rights to another company, according to the report.
"As the owner of the IP, Tecmo feels very unfortunate that the fans of the series in North America will not have a chance to play the game, but respects the final decision made by Nintendo of America," the statement concluded.