If you’ve never heard of the Jake Hunter series of mystery adventure games, I wouldn’t be surprised. Although rather popular in Japan, this is a series that hasn’t seen much attention in other regions, with only one of its many titles being released overseas, all the way back in 2009.

Even the latest entry in the series was quite a while ago, back in 2012 for the 3DS. However, the Japanese developer and publisher Arc System Works has just recently announced the acquisition of the Jake Hunter series rights (alongside three other Japanese franchises), and that a new game is in the works.

Titled Jake Hunter: Ghost of the Dusk, the next entry marks the 30th anniversary of the series and is in development for the Nintendo 3DS.

Additionally, Arc System Works is going to be developing remakes of past entries in the series for a mobile initiative titled Jake Hunter: App Series, which is due this summer in Japan. Some of the titles being remade for the app include Portrait of a Dead Child, The Endless Night, and Kito’s Night. Though not explicitly announced by the developer, these games’ titles made an appearance in a screenshot released by the company via the brand-new Jake Hunter web portal.

The next question, of course, is whether or not this transition in developer and publisher will mean more Jake Hunter in other regions. After all, with the new app, there would be ample opportunity for new players to get to play some of the older titles! It’s also worth noting that Arc System Works teamed up with Aksys Games to bring over the thematically similar CHASE: Cold Case Investigations, so hopefully we could see similar deals being struck.

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