Zero Escape 3 – More details on the conclusion to the Zero Escape series

Zero Escape 3 is promised to be a philosophical and thought-provoking conclusion to the Zero Escape series.

Aksys Games and Uchikoshi Kotaro announced Zero Escape 3 at Anime Expo 2015.  Further details about the game were revealed during the Aksys panel by Uchikoshi and the development team.

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As fans are well aware, the Zero Escape series almost ended at the cliffhanger ending of the second game, Virtue’s Last Reward due to insufficient funding.  That Zero Escape 3 is being rescued from its indefinite hiatus is largely due to the support of the fans.

Because of this, Uchikoshi promises that:

As a story [Zero Escape] will definitely end at Volume 3

I intend to answer every mystery left during VLR and the mysteries in ZE3 would be solved as well. This game will not end in a cliffhanger.

Zero Escape 3 will take place in a testing facility on Mars, focusing on a group of people living there to test out the logistics of sustained living on Mars for the purposes of establishing a colony there.

Key art from Zero Escape 3 featuring two characters that will appear in the game.

Zero Escape 3 will also feature a dog, which one member of the development team is especially excited about.

Uchikoshi explained that the two preceding games, 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors and Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward were written to be games that would make the player re-think the obvious.  

So for Zero Escape 3 I’m going to go into this even more and I’m going to have you as a player question philosophies, and what justice is, and what your value is. It’s going to be a game in which you re-evaluate a lot of these themes

According to Kodaka Kazutaka, scenario writer for the Danganronpa series, appeared on the Aksys panel and promised that the ending of Zero Escape 3 is the most ‘out of this world’ ending for the series thus far.

Collectively Uchikoshi has written about 50% of Zero Escape 3’s scenario thus far.  The game will be released sometime in Summer 2016 for the 3DS and PS Vita.


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