Zero Escape fans, assemble! Let your voices be heard!
I love, love, LOVE the Zero Escape series. 999: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors and Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward are among my favourite handheld games of all time. So it’s sad to hear that we might not get a third game in the series… or aren’t we?
Last week, the fine folks of USGamer posted an interview they did with Zero Escape director Kotaro Uchikoshi about the series and how he got started with Visual Novels in general (head over to USGamer and check it out; it’s an excellent read). In the interview, Uchikoshi revealed that visual novels are still rather niche (even in Japan), but still have that rabid fanbase. He also mentioned on his English Twitter account (give him a Follow!) that the Zero Escape series is selling poorly in Japan, with support coming largely from countries everywhere else in the world.
Despite the large amount of support from the outside, Uchikoshi hasn’t been able to get the okay to create a third instalment of the series, so plans for that have been shelved for the time being.
Upon hearing the news, a few plucky Zero Escape fans have banned together to create a Facebook page to drum up support for their beloved series. Dubbed Operation Bluebird, the group has already amassed over 2,500 Likes (including one from Uchikoshi himself), and they aim to show that there is a large interest in the series. In addition, they plan to reach out to publishers (like Aksys Games, who did an excellent job localizing the series) in the hopes that they would consider funding Zero Escape 3‘s development.
I think this is fabulous idea and I hope it all goes well. And in case anyone from Operation Bluebird happens to stumble upon this humble blog:
Let me know in the Comments Section is you’ve played the games, how you like ’em, and if you’ve support Operation Bluebird!