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.
|1:30 PM on 12.10.2012|
Amazon: Buy a PS Vita and get Zero Escape for free
A bundle over at amazon has you getting a free copy of visual novel/puzzler Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward with the purchase of a PlayStation Vita. You'll have to buy one of the bundles listed here to get the game for free...more
|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
I cannot express enough how much I love 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors. A cross between escape-the-room puzzler and visual novel, it sits as a shining example of how powerful and engaging videogame narratives can b...more
|1:00 AM on 11.04.2012|
ALERT: Save-corrupting bug in Virtue's Last Reward on 3DS
I've got good news and bad news. The good news is that, after more than 30 hours of play time, I've finally finished Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward. Expect the review later in the week. The bad news is that there is a game...more
|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
Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward is still three weeks away, but Vita owners who want a taste of that sweet, sweet nectar will be able to download a PSN demo today. The demo only contains an English voice track, but fear not,...more
|7:30 PM on 09.17.2012|
Pre-order Virtue's Last Reward, get a sweet death watch
Those who pre-ordered 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors were treated to a very nifty gift: a replica of the bracelet that each character wore. Thankfully, while the in-game bracelets were shackling reminders of potent...more
|11:30 AM on 09.01.2012|
Virtue's Last Reward is previewed in Nintendo Power
You think I've forgotten about Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward? HELL no! I've merely been trying to keep my distance so that I don't work myself up into a spastic frenzy. I was doing such a good job too, until I learned tha...more
|11:00 AM on 05.18.2013|
Review: The Starship Damrey
"This game contains no tutorials or explanations. Part of the experience is to discover things for yourself." Thus reads the disclaimer when you fire up a new game of The Starship Damrey, Level-5's atmospheric sci-fi adventur...more
|12:30 PM on 05.16.2013|
Launch trailer for Guild02's The Starship Damrey
The first in Level-5's Guild02 triple pack, The Starship Damrey, arrived on the 3DS eShop earlier today for $7.99. A new trailer for the moody sci-fi adventure game has surfaced, featuring choice words from game designer Kaz...more
|12:15 PM on 05.16.2013|
Mayhem Bundle spreads the anarchy, indie style
On the cusp of a number of PC summer sales, Indie Royale has released another mostly-fantastic indie game compilation. Known as the The Mayhem Bundle, players will get five indie titles that sufficiently "bring the pain" thr...more