Grasshopper remaking The Silver Case sequel Ward 25

After revamping their very first game, 1999’s visual novel The Silver Case [official site], last year, Grasshopper Manufacture have now announced a remake of its sequel. Released on Japanese pocket telephones in 2005 as The Silver Case: Ward 25, the episodic adventure followed cops investigating more violent and strange crimes. When and where and how the remake be released are hazy for now but we do know its new name, The 25th Ward: The Silver Case. Grasshopper also announced plans to add extra chapters to The Silver Case in a free update next week.

First up, here’s the cryptic teaser trailer for The 25th Ward: The Silver Case. Sure, these look like crimes:

Grasshopper announced on Saturday that it “is officially going into production” but that’s about all. Given that it was made for prehistoric pockphones, this is more of a remake. Going from wonky autotranslation of this Famitsu interview with Suda51, yup, it’s a serious updating.

Before then, they’ll expand The Silver Case with two chapters which they say “tie the main story and its upcoming sequel together.” They explain that “‘White Out’ will be a new chapter added to ‘Transmitter’ within the game, whereas ‘Yami’ will be added to ‘Placebo’.” Both debuted in the PlayStation 4 version of The Silver Case.

Look for those two in a free update due next Tuesday, May 30th. Grasshopper say that update will also make “some adjustments to the game regarding some movies/images”.

Grasshopper and Suda51 aren’t well-known on PC, as their only games here are shoot ’em up Sine Mora and a tardy port of Killer Is Dead, but they’re also behind games with really striking moods like No More Heroes and Killer7. And some clangers, like Lollipop Chainsaw. I’ve meant to check out The Silver Case, as I knew nothing about it, but I kept getting sidetracked. I guess accidentally waiting will pay off nicely with a more-complete game.

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    N'Al says:

    Lollipop Chainsaw is anything but a clanger.

    • welverin says:

      Agreed, unless clanger was a reference to the noise made when you boff zombies on the head, but seeing as how you’re using a chainsaw and pom-poms that seems unlikely.

  2. fuggles says:

    Screenshot suggests this game features young versions of Boris Johnson and Teresa May?

  3. Uninteresting Curse File Implement says:

    Is… Silver Case… any good? Has there been any word yet?

    • michael.neirinckx says:

      I thoroughly enjoyed The Silver Case. It’s a great big mess of a game with many issues. It’s more like a visual novel. The interactive parts have a very dated UI along with tank controls to boot. The dialogue is juvenile in that late 90’s everyone is going to swear a lot to be edgy and cool sense. Some chapters drag a bit longer than they need to.

      BUT, it’s clearly a project that was made with so much passion. The passion the developers put into this shine through and give it a unique, individual quality that overshadows it’s flaws for me. The story itself is strange, psychotic, surreal and complex. The closest comparison for style, tone, and plot I can think of is David Lynch. It’s weird, unexpected, surreal, and jagged in Lynchian ways with added Japanese cultural bits (which in and of themselves can be odd to Westerners), and the Japanese tendency to philosophize a lot (perhaps too much in this one).

      It’s a very enjoyable ride at any rate, although that juvenile dialogue is just bloody awful. If you’re new to Suda51 games in general, and The Silver Case seems like it may strike the right chords, then do play Killer 7. It’s a magnum opus that trumps the Silver Case in every way.