Aksys Games has announced its 2019 lineup of Switch games at Anime Expo 2019. Fresh among them was Spirit Hunter: NG, the second volume in the series which began with last year's horror game Death Mark. Described as a 'companion story' to the original, this entry has you playing as a young man searching for his missing sister.

We awarded Death Mark a well-deserved 8 in our review, so we're excited to see this coming in October. Check out the above trailer for a suitably creepy taster, and here are some more details from the official blurb:

• Creeping Horrors, Familiar Settings
While its predecessor, Spirit Hunter: Death Mark, found its spirits in distinct, horrifying locales, Spirit Hunter: NG weaves fear seamlessly into the mundane. Face down monsters in quiet residential streets, neighborhood parks, and even the protagonist’s own home. Be careful—terror lurks behind every corner.
• Search for Clues
Use a flashlight to examine each location in order to solve the game’s terrifying mystery. Watch Out! You may unearth more than you’ve bargained for.
• More Than A Visual Novel
Spirit Hunter: NG offers an immersive and exciting gameplay experience, in which players must make decisions at key moments in order to survive. Players are offered a “Judge System,” which allows them to respond to each event with a spectrum of disparate reactions.
• Beautiful But Deadly
The game features gorgeous illustrations from artist Fumiya Sumio, who makes the terror in each character’s face impossible to miss and renders horrifying spirits with stunning detail.

In addition, a bevy of visual novel announcements were made. Both Code: Realize games - Guardian of Rebirth and Future Blessings - are bringing their vision of Victorian steampunk to the West next year, as well as Collar X Malice, which sees players restoring order in Shinjuku as a young police officer following a spate of crime and violence.

Two brand new titles were also announced: Piofiore and Cafe Enchante. The latter sees a girl inherit her grandfather's cafe before finding out that the customers aren't human, and the former follows an orphan caught up in a Mafia war in Italy at the start of the 20th century.


Finally, Aksys shared that Fishing Star: World Tour will arrive soon - 26th September, to be exact - and Ghost Parade, a 2D platformer previously announced at last year's event, is arriving this November in physical form. Check out the original trailer below:

Did you play the original Death Mark? Do any of these visual novels tickle your fancy or are you waiting to crack out your Labo fishing rod with Fishing Star? Let us know below with a comment.