Studies In Slaughter: White Day Remake

White Day: A Labyrinth Named School [official site], a remake of the fifteen year old horror cult favourite, has been Greenlit for a Steam release. I played the original when it still felt like a secret thing, hidden in a dark corner of the internet. Released in Korea in 2001, White Day’s long-rumoured PC port was officially scrapped a few years later and whispers of fan translations have haunted torrent sites and similar locations since.

Now we’re finally getting an official English version, and a remake no less.

It’s a game about sneaking into school late at night and finding the place full of horrors. A murderous caretaker, g-g-g-g-ghosts, students who seem completely calm despite the surreal and supernatural happenings. It has the kind of reputation that Japanese and Korean horror films had back in the days when there was much less exposure to world cinema, particularly in the horror genre. I remember when Ringu was a novelty and doubly terrifying because of that novelty.

White Day might have grating voice acting and the script might not be bone-chilling, but I’m hoping the whole thing is sinister and strange enough to accommodate those qualities, or at least to sideline them. In terms of the particular flavour of survival horror served up, this is more Clocktower than Resident Evil.

There are no overly gory scenes in White Day. There are no weapons like knives or guns to use. The player is just a normal student who must run away from the dangers that lurk in the school in order to survive.

The remake has already been released for CleverPhones. It doesn’t look too shabby though, judging by the trailer. No release date yet other than “the early 2016”. I’d say we’re already past that point but fair enough.

If you’re wondering about the title, it’s in the tradition of all those gory films based around holidays. Y’know, Halloween, Black Christmas, Valentine, The Passion of the Christ. White Day is recognised in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and China (thanks wikipedia). It involves the reciprocation of Valentine’s Day gifts, a month later. Because if there’s anything less romantic than marking out a specific day in which to buy tat for a loved one, it’s the obligation that they provide a gift in return a month after the fact. Hooray!

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    DelrueOfDetroit says:

    Coincidentally, St. Patrick’s day is almost exactly one month after Valentine’s Day and we all know St. Pat’s is the whitest holiday of them all.

  2. G-Lord says:

    I quite enjoyed the game on Android, works great with a controller. Classic survival horror.

  3. Blake Casimir says:

    INCREDIBLE AMAZING NEWS

    I played this back about 2003 or so, in Korean and not understanding anything of course, but found it utterly enthralling. Went back to the English translation quite a bit later and enjoyed it just as much all over again.

    First person horror immersive simulations like this are INCREDIBLY RARE. Much as like the first couple of Silent Hill games, they can’t begin to match the immersion and immense fear this game can instill in the player. Only this and Alien Isolation have made me feel so tense, and I consider myself pretty hardened when it comes to horror games.

    I can’t believe this is actually going to happen. It’s rare enough that an interesting SINGLE PLAYER first person game is mentioned on RPS, let alone something as special as Whiteday.

    Predictably, though, the lack of comments would suggest few people know or even care about this fantastic game. I will be purchasing it immediately upon release.

    MORE FIRST PERSON IMMERSIVE SIMS PLEASE!!

    • TheTingler says:

      Your confirmation that it’s first-person has just made me wet myself with excitement. This is exactly the game I want.