| Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hō|
|Original Release Date||August 17, 2014|
|Platform||PC, Nintendo Switch|
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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hō (ひぐらしのなく頃に 奉, When the Cicadas Cry: Gift) is a new sound novel and the latest installment in the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni series. The game features a new, Umineko-style opening movie accompanied by the song Ano Hi e (あの日へ, To That Day), created by Higurashi veterans dai and Yuduki, as well as at least two new additions to the cast. The game reuses sprites from previous installments, with the addition of new sprites for the expanded cast drawn by Ryukishi07 in the style of the old sprites.
The game was released in Japan on August 17th, 2014, as a "thank you gift" to fans of the series, and it includes Hinamizawa Teiryūjo (Hinamizawa Bus Stop), the original Higurashi Outbreak story, and a brand new arc called Kamikashimashi-hen (神姦し編, God Violating Chapter). Hō also includes the original eight arcs and Rei.
Hō has been licensed by MangaGamer, who will be releasing all 14 arcs contained in Hō on Steam in English/Japanese bilingual versions with remade sprites and CG drawn by one of their artists. The first arc, Onikakushi-hen was released on May 15th, 2015.
Entergram, the company that bought part of Alchemist's assets, has announced that they'll be porting the game to the Nintendo Switch.
The switch version will use the upgraded sprites and backgrounds from Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Sui, while the new arcs, Higurashi Outbreak and Kamikashimashi-hen will get new sprites and CGs drawn in Alchemist's style, additionally, the entirety of Hinamizawa Teiryūjo will get new sprites, along with brand new CGs and artwork, all drawn by artist Tomozo. The switch version's opening theme is "Bokutachi wa Mou Shitteru" and it's performed by Matsuzawa Yumi.
The switch version will be released on July 26th, 2018, a special, limited edition will also be released on the same date, so far, the special edition has been confirmed to include:
- A physical copy of Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni Hō for the Nintendo Switch.
- A new Higurashi Drama CD featuring Hōjō Satoko and Maebara Keiichi.
- A new, full-color, 64 page artbook.