Capcom's production team 3 unveiled its newest project today. Titled Hari no Bara (Rose of Glass), the game will be produced by Tatsuya Minami, who previously headed the development of Resident Evil Zero for GameCube. Unlike most other titles, the game's protagonist is not a creation of the creators' mind, but rather a virtual alter-ego of Japanese actor and TOKIO drummer Mashahiro Matsuoka. Matsuoka will not only provide motion capturing, but also lend his voice to his alter-ego.
The game begins as Takashi Kageya (Matsuoka's alter-ego), a rookie newspaper reporter, is investigating an unresolved serial murder case. As the reporter arrives at the site of the murder, he is taken back through time to the 4th year of the Showa Peroid (1929). During this time travel he also discovers a unique ability: He is capable of looking into people's hearts. Equipped with this ability he has to solve the murder case and find a way to return to the present. Just like the Resident Evil series, Hari no Bara intends to create a good deal of psychological horror.
Visually the development isn't aiming so much for photo realism, but rather wants to implement an art nouveau-like style in the game. Furthermore, the game will rely on special elements trying to imitate old movies to convene the feeling of the early Showa peroid.
Hari no Bara is set for a fall 2003 release in Japan.