Today Nippon Ichi Software and FOG announced Fuu Raiki 4 for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.
I would be surprised if the name, which translates as “Wind and Rain,” proved familiar for more than handful of you.
This is the fourth chapter of a series by Tokyo-based developer FOG focusing on road trips and romance.
The series debuted in 2001 for the original PlayStation, letting the player explore the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.
The second game for PS2 brought us to Okinawa in 2005, while the third title went back to Hokkaido in 2013 on PC, followed by a port to PS Vita in 2005.
This new game will let players travel to Gifu prefecture, which is unsurprisingly Nippon Ichi’s home region.
Not unlike Kadokawa Games’ Root Letter series, Fuu Raiki aims to convey the beauty of the prefecture featured, and this time around it’ll combine anime-style characters with real-world imagery shot with a 360-degrees camera.
As I mentioned before, there’s a romance part. While traveling on his bike, the player will meet a variety of girls and interact with them, potentially falling in love.
The game is produced in collaboration with the Gifu Shimbun, providing information on the destination, Yamaha, which produces the protagonist’s MT-10 SP bike, and Arai, which produces the helmets.
You can check out the first trailer of Fuu Raiki 4 below. At the moment, there is no information about a possible western release. If NIS America actually localizes it, I’ll be very, very surprised, but certainly not unhappy.
The release date for Japan is April 22, 2021.