The Enterbrain-developed DLC is advertised with four main features, which are:
• Origin Mode: The DLC has re-recorded dialogue to hew closer to the original releases’ presentation and follows the original “individual episode” structure.
• Ability to swap character sprites in Origin Mode: Players will be able to choose between PC mode (featuring Ryukishi07‘s art) and CS mode (featuring art from the console version) in the settings.
• New opening movie: There will be a new opening movie, and as with the game, it will feature either Ryukishi07’s character art or the console version’s art based on the setting configuration.
• Full voiceovers for the “Mehagashi” arc: The “Mehagashi” arc, an omake mini-scenario that was included in Higurashi When They Cry Hou+ (a 2022 remaster of Higurashi When They Cry Hou), is getting the full voiceover treatment. It can only be experienced in CS mode. This is also the “Mehagashi” arc’s debut on consoles.
Higurashi When They Cry Hou was released in Japan for PC in 2014. The mystery-suspense visual novel featured the arcs previously bundled in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Sui as well as additional content. The localized versions of the arcs are available individually and as bundles on MangaGamer, Steam, and GOG, with the first arc (titled Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Ch.1 Onikakushi) being free on all three platforms.
The Higurashi When They Cry series created by 07th Expansion began in 2002 with the release of Onikakushi. The series’ main arcs have since been categorized under the broader umbrellas of the “Question” (Chapters 1 to 4) and “Answer” (Chapters 5 to 8) arcs.
A 26-episode TV anime adaptation of Higurashi When They Cry aired in 2006 and was followed by a 2007 sequel series subtitled Kai. After a few OVAs, Higurashi When They Cry once again inspired TV anime in the form of 2020’s Higurashi When They Cry — Sotsu and its 2021 sequel Higurashi When They Cry — Gou. Sotsu initially came across as a remake of the 2006 anime before various new story elements and deviations revealed it to be a markedly different experience.