It may have gone under your radar what with it releasing slap bang in the middle of the Steam Summer Sale, but Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma arrived on PC to rave reviews last week. It’s sitting pretty with an average score of 84 from all reviews. The only problem? It’s the concluding chapter of the Zero Escape trilogy, although neither of the previous outings have ever made it to PC. That looks as if it’s all about to change though, with Aksys confirming it is bringing the original Zero Escape to new platforms.
While by no means a confirmation, when Aksys said at Anime Expo 2016 that Zero Escape was coming to other platforms, it feels safe to assume this means the first two chapters hitting PC.
The first Zero Escape game, 999: Nine Persons, Nine Hours, Nine Doors is still currently a Nintendo DS exclusive, while Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward came to both DS and PlayStation Vita. The latter has already been spotted in the Steam database, although it would be a bit bizarre to release the entire trilogy backwards on PC.
A trilogy of sci-fi horror visual novels, each Zero Escape game centres around nine participants trapped in various facilities. They must make life or death decisions in an attempt to survive, with branching narratives and multiple endings rewarding repeated play. To break up the reading there also room escape puzzles, within which additional context can be found.
I’ve finished the first two and they’re some of my favourite games ever. The second in particular makes some serious quality of life improvements that let you hop from timeline to timeline to explore the effect of different decisions.
Be warned though that all of these games are extremely narrative heavy and I’d certainly recommend you complete them in order if you want to have any hope of understanding its complex narrative. To that end it goes 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward, and concludes with the new one, Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma.
No word on when Spike Chunsoft or Aksys plans to make these games available on other platforms, but expect to see them sometime later this year.