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As I’ve mentioned earlier today, we have a podcast episode coming up in which we talk a lot about Danganronpa and the future of Zero Escape, but until we put that out, you can read this great piece from TinyCast member Christian Nutt about how series director Kotaro Uchikoshi can finish this trilogy.
Uchikoshi admitted last week that he’s having difficulty getting development approved for the next Zero Escape game due to poor domestic sales for the past two releases. So Christian detailed several options Uchikoshi can pursue to make sure he completes the trilogy: stripping down production values, finding partners in the West to launch a Kickstarter (Aksys?), building more interest for the series by releasing entries to PC, and other ideas.
Many won’t like the idea, but paring the budget and production values makes sense, considering how expensive Virtue’s Last Reward likely became compared to 999, what with its 3D models and voice acting. Check out Christian’s blog post to see what I mean.
Image is via Standing on my Toes.
Oh no, Virtue’s Last Reward/999's future is in doubt ⊟
I just presumed that Spike Chunsoft was well into development for the third Zero Escape game, but series director Kotaro Uchikoshi says the next sequel is in jeopardy. The problem is that while the franchise has a bit of popularity in the West, it hasn’t made a profit in Japan.
"I’m so sad, but all companies exist for profit-making purposes," Uchikoshi posted on Twitter earlier today. “If the profits can’t be expected, naturally, the project isn’t approved. We were not able to present a convincing reasonable basis to the managers. … I am very sorry to all the users who are expecting Zero Escape 3. I feel ashamed of my own inadequacies.”
He added that if circumstances change — say the next project he works on turns out to be a hit, or if someone generous steps in to finance Zero Escape 3's development — the game could still happen. Though his team looked into Kickstarter, they were not convinced that they would be able to pull off a successful campaign on that platform.
Uchikoshi continued, “I believe there is still hope. Zero Escape 3 will definitely be released somehow, someday! I will continue to seek a way out in cooperation with allies. So, I would appreciate it if you could wait until then. Thank you!”
GIF is via Ereje Armin.
Mind Zero coming to Vita from Aksys ⊟
Vita dungeon crawler Mind Zero (or MIND≒0 if you’ve seen the ≒ symbol recently enough to have it in your clipboard) is being localized for Vita by Aksys Games.
Play as Kei, a high school student whose life turns upside down when he forms a contract with a “Mind,” a weapon/being with deadly powers. With the government and other forces trailing him and his friends, Kei will need to discover the secret behind “Mind.” Will these newfound powers help him or ultimately be his doom?
The game will be released this spring in both digital and physical form for North America, and on PSN in Europe. It’s the work of Acquire and ZeroDiv, the developer of the Class of Heroes games.
BUY PS Vita, upcoming games
Aksys puts Banshee’s Last Cry on iOS ⊟
Don’t take my slowness in posting this as a lack of enthusiasm! I’m super impressed that Aksys has translated the iOS version of Kamaitachi no Yoru, a Sound Novel by Chunsoft first released to the Super Famicom in 1994.
"While staying at a hotel around a ski resort, vacationers find themselves caught up in a murderous “whodunit” game when a guest winds up dead. With the lodge completely snowed in and no escape, they will have to use all their cunning to solve this mystery and protect themselves from being the next victim! Local legend tells of a banshee whose screams can rip through flesh, but, is the killer really a deadly monster or the work of a madman?”
It’s worth noting that the game was written by Takemaru Abiko and directed by Kazuya Asano, both of whom recently worked on Guild01's The Starship Damrey — you can grab that on the 3DS eShop.
Multiple endings are available, choose your own adventure style, and as the “sound novel” genre suggests, the reading is accompanied by spooky audio.
I think iOS is the perfect format for this. I’m reading junk on my phone all the time anyway – I’m way into the idea of reading a scary interactive story on here. It’s $3.99 on the App Store.
Muramasa Rebirth DLC available meow ⊟
"Fishy Tales of the Nekomata," the first of four new DLC episodes for Muramasa Rebirth, is up on PSN now for five bucks.
Play as Okoi, a girl possessed by the nekomata Miike, battling to avenge Miike’s master as you travel through the lands of ancient Japan! Exchange your demon blades for claws and mystic demon powers as you ravage your enemies with Okoi’s paws or learn new demon skills and bring forth hordes of cat allies to fight for you!
Those hordes of cat allies will be available January 22 in Europe.
BUY Muramasa Rebirth, PS Vita
That Amazon deal is for both the 3DS and PS Vita games, which is nice. This Christmas K tree GIF is nice too — it’s from Luis.
Other sales going on right now:
Animal Crossing: New Leaf (sidebar link) - $24.99
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds - $34.96
- Persona 4 Golden (PS Vita) - $16.99
- Holiday Walking Dead Vita Bundle (with 3 PSN games) -
- Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (3DS) - $29.99
- Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - $24.99
- $20 eShop cards at Best Buy - $16 ($50 cards are $40!)
River City Ransom on 3DS eShop today ⊟
Oh dang, completely out of nowhere, Aksys drops everyone’s favorite brawler ever on the 3DS Virtual Console. For five dollars, you can have a portable copy of River City Ransom that lives on your 3DS forever, and dispenses free smiles forever.
BUY Nintendo 2DS and 3DS/XL consoles, upcoming games
Sorcery Saga: Trailer of the Curry God ⊟
So Sorcery Saga, releasing for PS Vita in the U.S. early next year, looks like a super cutesy roguelike! Which is something I can definitely get down with. However, I am severely disappointed with the lack of visible curry in this trailer.
Sorcery Saga LE includes curry accessories ⊟
I’m not saying it makes sense for other games to come with bibs, plates, and spoons for eating Japanese curry. As far as I know, Sorcery Saga: Curse of the Great Curry God is the only game about making the world’s greatest curry (with the help of a girl who can read people’s “Curry Auras.”)
I’m just saying, more games should come with curry accessories, to encourage people to eat curry. I want some curry.
Trailer for Hakuoki: Memories of the Bishounen ⊟
It’s all pretty boys and no gameplay in this trailer — who cares if this releases in just two weeks, and most people have no idea what the actual game plays like? I’m pretty sure this video is exactly what the people who intend to pick up this otome visual novel want.
In case you missed it, Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi is a little cheaper than most 3DS releases — just $30 unless you pick up the $50 limited edition package (includes art book, towel, and fan).
Virtue’s Last Reward finally on the 3DS eShop ⊟
I don’t know why this took so long — I believe it had a day-one PSN release for PS Vita — but you can now buy the second entry from Chunsoft’s Zero Escape series on the eShop. It’s available with nice discount, priced at $24.99 (until September 3) instead of the $39.99 it’s going for at retail.
More details on today’s handheld download releases, including the 100th 3DS Virtual Console release in North America, over on this page!
Hakuoki 3DS coming to the U.S.
Hakuoki, the otome visual novel about romancing fictional, pretty versions of the Shinsengumi, is being released on 3DS in North America courtesy of Aksys (retail and on eShop — thanks to The Gay Gamer for getting to the bottom of that).
Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi contains the content from the PSP game, as well as six new stories and a photo/movie gallery, so you can gaze upon what Aksys’s lead editor Ben Bateman described as “hot mans.” There’s even a photo booth feature so you can pose with said mans.