| Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hō|
|Original Release Date||August 17, 2014|
|Opening Theme|| |
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hō (ひぐらしのなく頃に 奉, When the Higurashi Cry: Gift) is a sound novel fan disc for Higurashi no Naku Koro ni series. It was first released on 2014 and then licensed by MangaGamer, and later given a new adaptation to the Nintendo Switch (2018) and PlayStation 4 (2019) by Entergram.
The game features a new, Umineko-esque opening movie accompanied by the song Ano Hi e (あの日へ・To That Day), created by Higurashi veterans dai and Yuzuki, as well as at least two new additions to the cast. The game reuses the original sprites, 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 at Comiket 86, as a "thank you gift" to fans of the series, and it includes the 8 main arcs with Rei, plus Hinamizawa Teiryūjo (Hinamizawa Bus Stop), an original Higurashi Outbreak story, and a brand new arc called Kamikashimashi-hen (神姦し編・God Violating Chapter).
MangaGamer plans to release all 14 arcs contained in Hō on Steam in English/Japanese bilingual versions with remade sprites and CG drawn by one of their artists and a brand new English translation. It is very similar to the original release of Higurashi by MG back in 2009, with each arc getting their own individual release. It remains to be seen if this will be the case for the Rei and Hō arcs.
The Question Arcs used the tracks and SFX from the original 2004 releases, while the Answer Arcs utilized a mix of both the original Kai tracks and some MangaGamer original tracks. Both got updated to the Hō tracks in the 2019 update.
This release also features Trading Cards and Badges for games up until Minagoroshi, and Steam Achievements for all games.
|Onikakushi||May 15, 2015|
|Watanagashi||Nov 13, 2015|
|Tatarigoroshi||Jun 17, 2016|
|Himatsubushi||Oct 14, 2016|
|Meakashi||Apr 28, 2017|
|Tsumihoroboshi||Jun 14, 2018|
|Minagoroshi||Jul 18, 2019|
Entergram, a subsidiary company of Technical Group Laboratory, Inc. that bought part of Alchemist's assets announced that they would be porting the game to the Nintendo Switch, which released on July 26th, 2018 in Japan. A PlayStation 4 version of the game was later released on January 24th, 2019.
The Entergram version uses the upgraded sprites and backgrounds from Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Sui, as for the Hō arcs, Higurashi Outbreak and Kamikashimashi-hen received new sprites and CGs drawn in Alchemist's style. Additionally, the entirety of Hinamizawa Teiryūjo was given brand new sprites, CGs and artwork, all drawn by the artist Tomozo, who illustrated the original manga version. The Entergram version's opening theme is "Bokutachi wa Mō Shitteru" and is performed by Matsuzawa Yumi.
A special, limited edition was also released for both the Nintendo Switch and Playstation 4. The limited edition includes:
- A physical copy of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hō
- A new Higurashi Drama CD featuring Hōjō Satoko and Maebara Keiichi
- A new, full-color, 64 page artbook
- Official Website
- MangaGamer's 07th Expansion Category
- Entergram's Website for Higurashi Hō (Nintendo Switch)
- English Translation by Pearse Hillock
- Crunchyroll article on the Switch release
- The Visual Novel Database's Entry for Higurashi Hō
|Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hō|
|Higurashi Outbreak | Kamikashimashi-hen | Hinamizawa Teiryūjo|
|PC Titles||Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (Kai • Rei • Hō)|
|Console Remakes||Tenohira • Matsuri (Pachi-Slot) • Kizuna • Sui • Hō|
|Side Story||Higurashi Daybreak • Jan|