A new Zone of the Enders 2 remake for PlayStation 4 and PSVR was announced during Sony’s Tokyo Games Show press conference earlier today.
As should be expected, this re-release will sport improved visuals and textures, alongside 4K resolution and improved sound. The headline feature, however, is full virtual reality support, ensuring that players will be able to pilot the game’s mechs in VR from start to finish. A brief trailer was also released, showing off the first-person perspective and advertising the updates and new title of Anubis: Zone of the Enders – Mars:
Zone of the Enders 2: The 2nd Runner was originally released in 2003 and previously remastered for PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2012. A third entry in the series was being planned around the same time, but the lacklustre commercial reception saw that project shelved. Whether the potential success of this latest re-release has any chances of reviving Zone of the Enders 3 remains to be confirmed, although the highly-publicised split between series producer Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami casts any such possibility in doubt.
Japanese developer Cygames is taking point on this remaster, which will likely be the first console game for the team. Cygames is currently also working on a new IP codenamed Project Awakening and co-creating a Granblue Fantasy console title with PlatinumGames.
No release date has yet been set Anubis: Zone of the Enders – Mars, although Konami has provided a vague spring 2018 release window.
OnlySP’s Michael Urban reviewed the previous HD collection when it released, calling The 2nd Runner “easily the highlight of the package, and a solid action title that is justified in becoming a cult classic.”