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There's Zero Escape from Aksys Games' New 3DS Adventure

Posted by James Newton

That's 999-2, to you

Aksys Games has confirmed it will bring the 3DS sequel to 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors to North America.

Newly titled Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward, the adventure game will come with English and Japanese language options and 24 endings, with fully-voiced story scenes too.

Aksys pledges to release the game before the end of the year.

EPIDEMIC ALERT: Japanese Adventure Game Strain Identified in North America

Thousands expected to succumb by year’s end

Regional Office of the International Disease Organization, Washington D.C. – February 28, 2012 – IDO agents working in California report that preliminary findings indicate the exceedingly dangerous Japanese adventure game known as “Zennin Shiboudesu” has somehow crossed the Pacific. Attempts were made to contain it, but some carriers seem to have escaped the quarantine and are now at large.

This game is extremely virulent and can be transmitted through physical contact (via the dual “Nintendo 3DS™” and “PlayStation®Vita” retail vectors) as well as through the air (via the “PSN” vector), which has prompted the IDO to declare this a level 6 pandemic. All uninfected persons are advised to remain indoors and avoid contact with others. If you suspect you have been infected, or suspect a friend or family member of being infected, report, or have them report, to the nearest IDO quarantine facility.

Similarity to an earlier strain known as “Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors” has lead to a reclassification: Both strains will now be considered members of the “Zero Escape” game series. Exposure to North America also seems to have caused Zennin Shiboudesu to mutate, and after much deliberation it has been determined that it will be referred to in all future literature as “Virtue’s Last Reward” (see forthcoming department memo re: choice of strain name).

Virtue’s Last Reward—or, alternatively, “VLR”—has been known to exhibit the following symptoms. If you begin to display any of these, distance yourself from friends and loved ones immediately, and proceed at once to the nearest IDO center.

Dual Language Support – Early cases show that VLR allows communication in both English and Japanese, with dialog playable in both languages. Whether or not this indicates damage to the languages centers of the brain is under investigation.

Puzzles and Story – Preliminary investigations show that this game progresses rapidly through a repeating cycle of two distinct stages, which have been termed the “Novel” and “Escape” stages. During the Novel stage, subjects find themselves engaged by a complex and mysterious story. During the Escape stage, subjects have been observed solving numerous puzzles.

Fully-Voiced Novel Sections – One of the indicators of the Novel stage is reportedly fully-voiced dialog: All characters except for the protagonist can be heard speaking during this stage.

Numerous Endings – VLR has been shown to exhibit numerous paths of infection, most of which are lethal. At press time, 24 different “endings” have been observed, each unique.

Immersive Three-Dimensional Environment – Many infected patients have reported a feeling of increased immersion in their surroundings, often manifested in the ability to rotate the camera around a 3D room rendered in-game and select and manipulate objects in three-dimensional space.

Introduces New Characters, Brings Back Old Ones – Our files on 999 indicate that a number of the characters featured there appear again in VLR, although in what capacity is still unclear. This strain also introduces several new characters, all of whom merit additional investigation.

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User Comments (27)

CureM

#2

CureM said:

I'm definitely getting this! but I hope there are more puzzles and that already solved puzzles can be bypassed when replayed.. doing the same puzzle 24 times (and maybe more) is not cool!

GigaFlanMan

#4

GigaFlanMan said:

I'm still hoping for a European realese. Though chances of that happening are slim to none. :'(

I suppose the Vita version should suffice.With the handheld not being region locked and all.

Bacon_Gal_Blaze

#9

Bacon_Gal_Blaze said:

All I have to do is decide if I should get the Vita or 3DS Version n_n (Assuming there's a European 3DS release, otherwise I'll just import from NA for the Vita)

AVahne

#13

AVahne said:

Wait, was this named Good People Will Die in Japan? The rename was a bit too confusing.

Buob

#15

Buob said:

Darn it, Aksys, I want the game already!

If I'm not mistaken, I think the title was "Extreme Escape Adventure: Good People Die."

Spoony_Tech

#16

Spoony_Tech said:

I still haven't played the first one. Definitely interested but just don't have the time these days!

FonistofCruxis

#17

FonistofCruxis said:

I still need to play the first one but I hope this gets released in Europe, especially with it being on a region locked console but 24 endings? :O

WolfRamHeart

#18

WolfRamHeart said:

YES!!! I am definitely getting this! It is great to see a niche title like this become successful and get a sequel. :)

Birdman

#21

Birdman said:

Does anyone here know someone who's been infected with VLR? I need to catch it faster than ASAP.

BulbasaurusRex

#22

BulbasaurusRex said:

It's not my kind of game (injects self with Zero Escape vaccine), but that's the funniest video game press release I've ever read!

By the way, if 999 also had multiple endings, they've now forced it to have a canon ending.

Crystalking18

#23

Crystalking18 said:

@22 There were multiple endings, but there was also one true ending. That ending gave a reason for the multiple endings in a pretty interesting way. I don't think they'll be able to pull off that same trick in this game though (finding the 2 correct endings out of 24 seems pretty difficult), but I'm still looking forward to this game.

Nintendawg

#25

Nintendawg said:

Oh yes!!! Day 1 pre-order for me!
9 9 9 was way too addicting! From the looks of things this sequel will only improve on the original in a number of ways, so it is bound to be epic!
cheers AKSYS and everyone at the development team (Chunsoft?)!

RevolverLink

#27

RevolverLink said:

Aksys sure can write one heck of a press release.

Also, if my avatar wasn't enough of an indication, I'm totally getting this on day one.

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