Aksys Games will be bringing over the 999 sequel formerly known as Good People Die, to Playstation Vita's and Nintendo 3DS' in America come this Fall.
The game now has a new title, Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward, which I think is actually incredibly well-suited to the game. According to the Aksys folks, Zero Escape will now be the franchise name, meaning from here on out the previous game will be referred to as Zero Escape: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors. The name holds double meaning for the series, so it seems clear to me that Aksys appears to be considering future installments and what they might bring to the table.
As noted above, they'll be bringing both versions of the game over, so as long as you have one of them super dandy portable devices, you'll be able to have a rocking good time with VLR.
I should note that in an interview with the Chunsoft staff in last week's Famitsu, they confirmed that Virtue's Last Reward is in fact a sequel to 999 and not a spiritual sequel or follow-up. There are too many elements that overlap for it to simply be a spin-off.
Since you folks will have to wait a little bit for this one, you should go out and buy 999 for the DS. It's really fantastic and you owe it to yourself to play it if you like video games on any level.
Definitely read the press release after the break. There are a ton of interesting notes about the game and the overall style it was written in provides clues as to what type of story you're all in for.
Dual languages are awesome!
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.
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