It's Valentine's Day and Kotaro Uchikoshi, creator of Zero Escape: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors and Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward, has given us some hope for a third Zero Escape game. Uchikoshi took to Twitter today to inform his fans that the development of Zero Escape 3 was impossible, "at this stage." However, further discussion revealed that he's at least considering crowd-funding like Kickstarter as an option.
You would think that with the cult success of Nine Doors, Nine Persons, Nine Doors a number of publishers would be will to support a sequel's development. That is apparently unlikely. Despite the bad news, this has got me psyched up for the possibility of a new game considering I enjoyed both games in the Zero Escape series.
Some details about the game have already been revealed. Characters Dio and Junpei will be making a return as we follow the story of the ever-elusive Phi and, of course, the Radical-6 virus. The game has also been confirmed to take place in between the two previous games in the series (it's complicated).
For now Zero Escape 3 doesn't exist, and may not exist for some time. Let's all hope that Uchikoshi is able to find a crowd-funding solution for the game that lets his fans' voices be heard.
Well... I guess you have been curious about ZE3.— Kotaro Uchikoshi Eng (@Uchikoshi_Eng) February 13, 2014
In conclusion, unfortunately, I have to say that it is difficult to realize it "at this stage" yet, although we have done all we can.— Kotaro Uchikoshi Eng (@Uchikoshi_Eng) February 13, 2014
About Kickstarter. It seems that Japanese can't be a presenter. Is that right? Description of the site goes like this.— Kotaro Uchikoshi Eng (@Uchikoshi_Eng) February 14, 2014