Update: Aksys Games says Virtue’s Last Reward is “basically a port” and The Nonary Games will be available physically and digitally at launch.
Spike Chunsoft adds, “The Nonary Games (999 remaster + VLR port) coming to PC, simultaneous release w/ PS4/Vita.”
Original Story: Packing together Zero Escape: Nine Hours, Nine Persons Nine Doors (999) and Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward, Aksys Games and Spike Chunsoft announced today that Zero Escape: The Nonary Games is coming exclusively to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in spring 2017.
Originally released for Nintendo DS, 999 has been rebuilt from the ground up for PS4 and PS Vita and features HD graphics, as well as English and Japanese voice acting. Aksys Games didn’t say if any changes were being made to Virtue’s Last Reward, just that it will be the “definitive version.”
Aksys Games’ Danny Miscevich explained what a Nonary Game is:
In essence, the game contains nine “players” or participants. You assume the role of one of these participants and compete towards a common goal. “No big deal, I love a good, friendly competition!” you say to yourself. Well, not so fast… The rules of each game vary from title to title, but the end goal is always the same: you must fight for survival and do everything in your power to escape with your life! That’s right, the price for losing this game is death. Did we mention that you’ve been “entered” against your will?
The main antagonist in both games is the enigmatic Zero. Who is Zero? What does Zero want? Why are you in this situation to begin with? Fair questions to be sure, but to answer any of these would simply ruin the experience! A special feature of each Nonary Game is the implementation of a watch-like device, which is attached to each participant’s wrist. Unique to each game, the watch serves a few sinister functions, most notably as the very probable agent of your demise! Needless to say, your quest will focus on solving the mystery of your surroundings and successfully removing the lethal time piece.
The third game in the series, Zero Time Dilemma, launched earlier this year on PS Vita.