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 – M∀RS 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 – M∀RS 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).