Last week, Kotaro Uchikoshi, the creative mastermind behind the Zero Escape series - which includes the highly acclaimed puzzle-based visual novels 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors and Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward - stated with some sadness that a third game was looking increasingly unlikely. According to Uchikoshi's English Twitter account, the games haven't been deemed profitable enough by publishers to merit a third release.
But before you give up all hope, you might be relieved to hear that Uchikoshi has stated that "various matters are now under consideration". One of these considerations could well be crowdfunding the game through the likes of Kickstarter, which could be a successful move given how vocal the fanbase is.
Various matters are now under consideration. Sorry for making you wait so long.— Kotaro Uchikoshi Eng (@Uchikoshi_Eng) February 17, 2014
In fact, fans have already taken to Facebook and commenced Operation Bluebird, an energetic campaign in support of a new game. If you'd like to see a third title in the series, we strongly recommend joining up and showing your support.
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