I reported some weeks ago about the upcoming "interactive haunted house" game for the Wii based on Ju-On (The Grudge), noting that a US release was unconfirmed. Well, that all changed as the now titled "Ju-On: The Grudge" is slated for release stateside this October. Included in the press release are some general details about the projects release including a bit more insight into the game play.
Using the Wii Remote as a flashlight, JU-ON: The Grudge has players move forward with the touch of a button and explore haunted areas such as an abandoned warehouse, a dimly-lit hospital, and a mannequin factory. Much like in a haunted house, the player must proceed forward even after being frightened and running away from the initial threat. As much fun as it is to get scared, sometimes it’s even more fun to watch others play to observe their reactions. For instant gratification, grab a second Wii Remote and push buttons to make in-game events happen immediately to make the player jump and hate you forever.
I can't tell if giving players the ability to scare the shit out of their friends is the best or worst thing I've ever heard. It seems like a really awesome concept, but also one that might wear thin after a bored afternoon play-through. However, I can't wait to start seeing videos like this popping up where parents are hiding behind the couch with a Wii-mote scarring their children forever by wirelessly taunting them with bloody ghost girls. Oh, parents!