Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner Mars announced

During the PlayStation press conference at the Tokyo Game Show 2017, a new Zone of the Enders game was announced created specifically to be played in virtual reality using PlayStation VR. The game, titled Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner Mars, is a remaster of the second game in the series, with 4K resolution, ‘next-gen surround sound’, and other enhancements. With the reveal out of the way, Konami has shared some screenshots and a trailer.

Based on the PlayStation®3 version of “ANUBIS ZONE OF THE ENDERS”, this title is a bold remastering of the original game’s graphics and audio, and includes a ton of VR content. The game’s distinctive visual beauty is maintained, while building in 4K resolution for all textures. The audio has also been remastered to conform to next-generation formats, enabling heavy-hitting 3D sound that puts the player in the middle of the action. This title is being developed through a partnership between KONAMI and Cygames.

Some more information from Konami’s website:

ZONE OF THE ENDERS: The 2nd RUNNER – MRS is an enhanced version of the publisher’s highly regarded 3D robot action game, which was originally released for PlayStation®2 in 2002 and re-released in HD for PlayStation®3 in 2012, of which forms the basis of the new edition. All visual and aural elements have been remastered for native 4K resolution, and the action has been similarly improved with the game experience being ported to VR. As such, the new game retains the unique and beautiful visuals of the original title, but boasts textures in updated 4K while using surround sound techniques to offer layered and immersive audio effects.

The year is 2174 and the despotic BAHRAM military organisation is using its new Orbital Frames mech-robot technology to complete the suppression of Mars and the Earth. Seizing control of the Jehuty Orbital Frame – the most powerful craft of its kind – the player is the last hope for the stricken planets. Thus, using theJehuty unit’s advanced technology, the player is charged withstriking deep at the heart of the BAHRAM army.

ZONE OF THE ENDERS: The 2nd RUNNER – MRS many additions further enhance a game already recognised as one of the greatest space action titles to date. The new edition showcases battles that rage between the player and a number of adversaries, while the nimble Jehuty unit boasts fantastic mobility, including the ability tothrow adversaries, utilise shield devices that double as weapons and access teleportation systems within combat scenarios. This action also takes place within stunning native 4K and fully interactive environments. As the towering armies go to war, buildings crumble and forests are laid to waste. The game also boasts a cast of characters that propel the game’s unfolding and dramatic plot.

The original game, Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner, was released in 2002 for PlayStation 2. It was produced by Hideo Kojima and directed by Shuyo Murata, with art by Yoji Shinkawa. A remaster was released for PlayStation 3 in 2012. This new version is set to release in spring of 2018 for PlayStation 4 (and PSVR) and Steam (also with VR support).

Source: Official Konami Website, 2

  • Eugene Voldo

    > It was produced by Hideo Kojima and directed by Shuyo Murata

    Ehh… I wonder why everyone forget that ZOE1 was “A Noriaki Okamura game”. It was his creation. Even though he didn’t create a second game it still worth mentioning his name. But for no reason when ZOE mentioned people always write something like “Hideo Kojima produced this, that’s why it’s cool!”.

    BTW Noriaki Okamura still working for Konami, so maybe we’ll see a new ZOE game someday 😀

    • It was produced by Kojima… that’s all it says. And this is about the second game, which is generally seen as vastly superior.

      • Eugene Voldo

        But it was built on ZOE1 ideas and mechanics which were created by Noriaki Okamura. Kojima only produced both games which means he maybe had looked at them once or twice and said “keep up the good work, guys!”.

        Don’t you think it’s ironic that a lot of people still furious about missing “A Hideo Kojima game” tag from MGSV box art, yet they don’t even care for other names in game industry. Oh well :'(

        • You’re getting a little too worked up over this. Nowhere in the article does it say Kojima did everything, it only says he produced it, which is true.

          • Eugene Voldo

            No-no-no! I only said that it’s worth mentioning the guy who created this series. Kojima is cool and all, but we should not forget about the original creator. In this case it’s Noriaki Okamura.

          • That’s fine, but this article isn’t about the original, it’s about The 2nd Runner, which wasn’t made by Okamura.

          • Eugene Voldo

            But without Okamura there will be no The 2nd Runner. Like without Kojima there will be no Metal Gear. But yeah, i understand your point.

          • True. The article just listed some facts on The 2nd Runner, it wasn’t intended to sell Okamura short in any way.

          • César H. Sandoval

            Do you complain about FFXV articles not mentioning Sakaguchi too?

          • Eugene Voldo

            No, because we’re on metal gear informer. And we don’t have news about FFXV here.
            Secondly, Sakaguchi has a worldwide fame. Okamura doesn’t. So in my eyes we should promote unknown creators and their names to public more actively. Who even knows that Okamura is the guy who created ZOE universe? Not a lot of people, for sure.

          • César H. Sandoval

            So your beef about “original creators” is only MGS biased then, cool

        • When you are a producer for the game, you don’t look at them once or twice. You actually work for the damn game. You supervise the project and hire some decent staff. Because of Kojima’s skills (as a producer) the second game was so much better and sold much better. FACT.

          • Eugene Voldo

            Well, you know Kojima was a producer of the first game too. So when you say that we should thank only Kojima’s skills (as a producer) for a better second game… I dunno. for me it’s quite obvious that this statement is simply not true.

          • The second game was directed by Shuyo Murata. The director changed for the second game (and some staff). Thanks to Kojima the end result was much better because he knew what should be right for the next game. ZoE team was basically MGS1-MGS2 team. If Kojima wanted he could easily just kill the project just like he did with MG Rising if it was not up to his/Konami’s standard.

            In general, if not a producer this game would not even exist to begin with. Kojima is a huge part of this franchise, just like Shuyo Murata or Noriaki Okamura. The difference is though he was there since the very beginning. That’s why people remember about Kojima all the time. He was there when this franchise was born and he was with the franchise till the end.

            In fact, he was the one that pitched ZOE 3 back in the day when Fox Engine was developed and he recruited staff for it.
            http://www.abload.de/img/006u2uua.jpg

            FACT.

  • NegaScott128

    I’m really cautious about this game. After all, the last time a mobile developer tried to remaster a PS2 game for Konami, we got the Silent Hill HD Collection. However, if they’re just working on the base that Hexa Drive made for the PS3 version, then I guess it could turn out alright.

    • I have the second game. Never touched the first one until HD re-releases.
      The second game is so much better imo.

  • Nekkedsnake

    at least it’s not some stupid bullshit like pashitko and shitty survive. i’d def have this remaster over those worthless waste of resources.

  • MrVux007

    God, The 2nd Runner was a much better game than the first Zone of Enders (IMO).

  • Mr.Pony

    It also comes to PC, sweet! Never played it, but it looks like that Sega game Cyber troopers, so i might give it a try

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