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posted by hellorobot @ 3:49 pm on February 28, 2012

zero escape


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.
  1.  Shel
    2.28.12 at 4:10 pm

    I must ask: WILL the Vita version contain an artbook? I know BBCSX didn’t, and not entirely sure if Sony put a strict “NO manuals allowed!” policy on Vita games or not.

  2.  Shel
    2.28.12 at 4:10 pm

    Sorry, I meant ‘manual’ NOT ‘artbook’. I’m thinking ahead of myself here.

  3.  Rogue Ninja
    2.28.12 at 4:25 pm

    Yaaaaaaay!! I’m super excited this is coming to NA! I don’t care what form it takes, I’m just happy I’ll be able to play it in English!

  4.  GenoAmi
    2.28.12 at 6:54 pm

    Very excited this will come to the West. Coincidentally, will those watches be making an appearance as pre-order material or become available on the online store? =3

  5.  Bobo
    2.28.12 at 6:57 pm

    Yaaay!!!! I’m thrilled that this is coming to NA! Can’t wait to pre-order, hopefully there’s some cool pre-order gift with the game (not that it needs one)!

  6.  tat2
    2.28.12 at 7:38 pm

    Is it possible to make the 3DS version regionfree? As an European fan of the original game I’d really like to be able to play this one as well.

  7.  miruki
    2.29.12 at 1:46 am

    YAY for dual audio and PS Vita version! <3

    But why dinb't you stick with "Good People Die" – "Virtue's Last Reward" doesn't sound as good, imo.

  8.  Nego
    2.29.12 at 2:41 am

    I’m a fan of 999 and can’t wait for the sequel. However, I have a problem: I live in Europe. Is there any chance you could either make the 3DS version region free or release the game in the PAL region as well? I can’t afford importing an American 3DS just so I could play one game I’m sure I would love.


  9.  darkmiyu
    2.29.12 at 4:42 am

    I have the same problem, I’m from Europe and I’m not importing a 3DS just for a game…instead I was planning to get a PS vita and now sure I have to get one for fall!

  10.  Joba
    2.29.12 at 8:52 am


  11.  hype night
    2.29.12 at 11:11 am

    YES! This is amazing! “Virtue’s Last Reward” is a good name too–sticks with the theme that “good people die.” And at least 24 endings?! So looking forward to this! Thank you, Aksys!!

  12.  Belisarius
    2.29.12 at 12:04 pm

    Unfortunately the 3DS system is region-locked, which means we can’t release region-free 3DS games. If you’d like to see VLR in Europe, I encourage you to contact your local localizers, like Rising Star or Ghostlight.

  13.  fireemblemhero
    2.29.12 at 5:13 pm

    Totally agree to everything hype night said and can’t wait to try it with the new 3ds anolog stick. One question I would like answered which characters from the first are going to be in the second.

  14.  MrBanballow
    3.01.12 at 8:37 am

    Any chance of a reversible “Good People Die” cover for early buyers? *Crosses fingers*

  15.  mullen
    3.01.12 at 9:58 am

    About “Dual Language Support”, is that means the combination of English text + Japanese voice will be available for this game?

  16.  Akselziys
    3.01.12 at 10:47 am

    @mullen: Both English text + Japanese voice, and English text + English voice will be available to choose from :)

  17.  mullen
    3.01.12 at 11:43 am

    @Akselziys: That’s great!

  18.  NES23
    3.01.12 at 3:18 pm

    I will be checking the website everyday to see when Pre-Order is available!! Thank you so much Aksys!!

  19.  wez
    3.01.12 at 3:28 pm

    Cant wait I still think about 999 everyday I just wish you would of kept the previous name of “Good people die” “virtues last reward” isnt nearly as direct and frightening. “9 persons 9 doors 9 hours” was a very direct title for such a complicated game and “good people die” follows that. I will still keep calling the game good people die when ever I refer to it.

  20.  Akselziys
    3.01.12 at 3:36 pm
  21.  Shel
    3.01.12 at 6:13 pm

    Any idea at all on the manual situation for Vita though?

  22.  NES23
    3.01.12 at 6:55 pm

    @Akselziys: I just saw your post and Pre-Ordered for the 3DS! Thank you for letting me know! So excited!

  23.  caheinecke
    3.03.12 at 5:29 am

    Oh my gosh, so excited :D

  24.  narutofan3445
    3.04.12 at 4:54 pm

    Getting it for sure.

  25.  lol2much4evry1
    3.04.12 at 7:46 pm

    I have been hoping and dreaming for the sequel ever since I finished 999. I don’t currently have a 3DS and don’t plan on getting one til January of next year; however, I will be pre-ordering Virtue’s Last Reward as a thank you for having brought it over.

  26.  InfraredZaragorn
    3.05.12 at 7:53 pm

    If it comes with a watch, then one copy of this is SOLD! (I can already tell I’m going to buy it no matter what)

  27.  burazekun
    3.06.12 at 9:06 am

    Aksys… I fell in love with you again. Thank you for releasing this for both systems. I am looking forward to the Vita release of this game!

  28.  Wumbologist
    3.06.12 at 11:39 am

    I’m preordering this for sure and getting it the DAY it comes out.I’m seriously so excited for this game I could die happy after playing it.

  29.  GoldenDarkness
    3.12.12 at 10:37 pm

    can som1 reply to me in this do you need knowledge of the 1st game to play this so i can buy it (either way i may buy it)

  30.  June
    3.13.12 at 9:14 am

    You don’t need to have played 999 to play Virtue’s Last Reward. There are some references to 999 that show up that will make more sense if you’ve played it. But you won’t be confused if you haven’t.

  31.  TheEncounter
    3.20.12 at 6:13 pm

    I fricking love you guys for finally picking this up. seriously you guys will probably do it best if 999 and Fate/ Extra are any indication. Will get the vita version myself. Thanks again Aksys

  32.  narutofan3445
    7.04.12 at 2:45 pm

    Is there gonna be a watch pre-order bonus??? I will love you forever. :D

  33.  Lexyvil
    10.14.12 at 11:02 am

    I find myself to be very lucky to have stumbled upon the rare game: 999, and it turned out to be my favorite game of all time, even for a handheld console. What makes a great game is the story and gameplay, and 999 delivered just that.

    I’m surprised how not everyone knows about this game, though hopefully the sequel will be as good and will spread the words of the newly franchise, which might bring new fans. I’m really looking forward to this game and really glad they decided to bring visual novels here as they are a rare find.

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