Back in 2010, 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors was a bit of a sleeper hit on the DS. The adventure title managed to garner interest around those who were interested in text-heavy games like Hotel Dusk, Ace Attorney, and Jake Hunter. Two years later, Aksys Games is about to bring out another game, Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward, and wants to bring attention back to the previous game as well.
Aksys doing this by shipping out new copies of 999 this month. However, it's not exactly the same as previous copies. Instead of bearing the full name it did before, the "999" is now stricken from the title. Instead the game is now going to be called Zero Escape: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors. The hope is that people who play Virtue's Last Reward but have have never heard of the preceding game will discover it thanks to the series title of Zero Escape.
How did Aksys come up with the series brand title of Zero Escape? 999 editor Ben Bateman explained:
For â€œZero Escapeâ€ we wanted to create a branding umbrella that VLR [Zero Escape: Virtue“s Last Reward], 999, and any future games could rest under comfortably—a little like the â€œAce Attorneyâ€ brand, if you will. To do that, we thought about what it was that defined 999 and VLR and was common to both games, and eventually settled on the character of Zero and the idea that each game involves a dangerous escape. Hence, Zero Escape, which has the nice, ominous double meaning of â€œYou have zero chance to escape.â€
This latest pressing of the game also comes with new box art. It's a little strange though as the images still heavily feature "999" and only include a little Zero Escape symbol in the corner. Regardless, the game will henceforth come with this cover. If you prefer the original then you'd better hurry and pick up an older copy soon.
Did you play 999? Are you looking forward to Virtue's Last Reward?