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Virtue's Last Reward Sequel Sunk by Japanese Investors

Posted by Nicola Hayden

Seek a way out

Kotaro Uchikoshi, the creator of Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward, opened a personal Twitter account for his English fans this week. Sadly, the reasoning behind this spelled bad news for the series' future.

Despite the PlayStation Vita murder mystery and its Nintendo DS predecessor 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors being massive cult hits in the West, it finds itself fading away in its native homeland. With sales figures in the red, chances of a third game have been sealed away by Japanese investors. As such, the passionate developer has reached out to fans overseas to seek aid in reviving the dying series.

While followers instantly suggested a Kickstarter similar to Comcept's recent Mighty No. 9, the determined director stressed that it isn't possible due to Chunsoft not having an office in the qualifying regions. Instead, he's hoping to make a connection with a Western backer.

Fans have since raised their flags, flooding social media with support. And the mass response – which included touching messages featuring franchise catchphrase 'seek a way out' – supposedly moved Uchikoshi to tears. It seems that neither side is willing to give up hope just yet, but it's not going to be easy to get a third instalment off the ground. Do you have any ideas on how to solve this conundrum? Leave your strategy guide in the comments section below.

[via twitter.com]

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Knux

#3

Knux said:

If nothing else, perhaps Sony could finance the third game with the trade-off being timed or permanent exclusivity. Sure, it wouldn't be on the 3DS, but at least it would be made. Either way, I really hope that it gets released. I would do anything to help make it happen. :(

RawShark

#4

RawShark said:

Surely there's a way to crowd source, even if not by kickstarter? Everyone who played the first two games would want to get in on it to get some closure. I know I would.

Bad-MuthaAdebisi

#5

Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

I was looking at this game just yesterday, I'll definitely be picking it up in the near future, very much a shame because to me it looks like a well made original game. I think it will probably be brought back from the death, hopefully.

Faustek

#6

Faustek said:

It seriously broke my heart reading Uchikoshi pleas on twitter. At least the fan base could cheer him up a little but still heart breaking :(

artemisthemp

#8

artemisthemp said:

So I was correct about Kickstarter not been a option due to Western Fans.

I hope they find a way to make it, since I really wanna know the end

Visiblemode

#9

Visiblemode said:

This is horrible news. Hopefully something will turn around.

I'm only crossing my fingers if they make the third part in this series it will return to the amazing 2d animated style of 999 (and most visual novels)

WaLzgiStaff

#10

WaLzgi said:

@Knux Considering it bombed in Japan, that's probably not going to happen.

Kickstarter/crowd-funding may be the best option

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