The Zero Escape series’ final episode, Zero Time Dilemma, seems to be heading to PlayStation 4 on August 18th, according to a recent listing on Amazon. The game is an intense psychological adventure filled with mystery and puzzles, and was previously released on PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS and PC. Following the recent release of The Nonary Games collection with the previous two entries, PlayStation 4 would now be home to the full series.
In Zero Time Dilemma, players follow the misfortunes of a group of nine individuals who have been kidnapped by a masked person called Zero. Locked inside an underground bomb shelter, they are divided in groups of three and forced to kill the other teams in order to reveal the six passwords necessary to activate the central elevator and escape.
One of the most interesting aspects of the gameplay is that our actions will inevitably change the course of the story, as every decision will have an alternate scenario in which characters made the opposite move. Moreover, the story flows in a non-linear way, with players choosing the chapters they want to go through based on vague images. Only after completing the story section (referenced as “fragments”) it is revealed where in the timeline those events took place.
Each fragment of the story consists in narrative and escape sections. The narrative is played in a full-3D environment with English and Japanese voiceover, while the escape section is based on looking for clues and objects around a room in order to use them to get out. However, after solving the puzzle the character will have to make a decision involving saving one of his team mates, likely sentencing the other to die.
This particular mechanic gathered a considerable fanbase through the first two entries in the series: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors and Virtue’s Last Reward, which were compiled into Zero Escape: The Nonary Games for PC, PS4, and PSVita earlier this year.
If this release is eventually confirmed, we should expect more details very soon.