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Good People Die renamed, confirmed for Vita in NA as well


8:30 PM on 02.28.2012
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Last week, Aksys made dreams come true by announcing that the 999 sequel Good People Die will be arriving in North America later this year. Today, Aksys follows up with an official press release that dishes a whole mess of new details as well as the game's localized name.

Now known as Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward, the title will be coming to the Vita and PSN in addition to the 3DS -- European importers rejoice! Furthermore, there will be fully voiced dialog with dual language support and at least 24 different endings, trouncing 999's pitiful six.

So, there's something to look forward to, right? I would advise you all to read the full press release below, not because there's more information that I failed to divulge, but because Aksys writes the f*ckin' best press releases ever. Seriously, it's pretty wild.

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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ALERT: Save-corrupting bug in Virtue's Last Reward on 3DS photo


Surprise! The Virtue's Last Reward OVA is in English photo


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8:00 PM on 02.13.2014
Zero Escape not profitable in Japan, trilogy end on hold

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2:30 PM on 06.24.2013
Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward goes free via PS Plus

Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward headlines this week's PlayStation Plus update. The follow-up to 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors joins Sony's Instant Game Collection today as a free download on PlayStation Vita for...more



1:30 PM on 12.10.2012
Amazon: Buy a PS Vita and get Zero Escape for free

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11:30 PM on 11.14.2012
Aksys selling VLR watches for Hurricane Sandy relief

Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward is great. The sweet pre-order watch modeled after the in-game bracelet is also pretty great. If you missed the chance to score the watch for free, you now have the option to buy it directly f...more



2:00 PM on 11.10.2012
Review: Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward

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1:00 AM on 11.04.2012
ALERT: Save-corrupting bug in Virtue's Last Reward on 3DS

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10:30 PM on 10.23.2012
Surprise! The Virtue's Last Reward OVA is in English

Can anybody tell how excited I am about this game? Is it that obvious? Aksys has dubbed the 13-minute Virtue's Last Reward OVA that originally came out last year. Unlike the game which uses polygon models, this mini movie fe...more



12:00 PM on 10.23.2012
Virtue's Last Reward has me caught up in the game

No, I am not LeVar Burton, but I've been told by several people (read: no one) that I greatly resemble him. This is your notice that Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward is available right now on 3DS and PS Vita. I'm plugging my way through right now and can't think about much else. I've got Bracelet Points and sh*t on the brain.more



10:00 PM on 10.05.2012
Virtue's Last Reward gets Euro trailer, you lucky dogs

Behold! The first English trailer for Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward! It may not be super amazing, but at least it's evidence that our Euro brethren have something to look forward to! As you may recall, Nine Hours, Nine P...more



11:30 AM on 10.02.2012
Play the Virtue's Last Reward demo on Vita TODAY

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