With the Zero Escape series, director Kotaro Uchikoshi has managed to defy the odds. In an industry often consumed by a desire for big action set pieces powered by cutting edge technology, the franchise was able to build up a following with gameplay primarily built around reading and puzzle solving and a story that focused on presenting gamers with mature themes and morally nebulous choices. Neither of the first two entries, Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors or Virtue’s Last Reward, broke sales records, but they were successful and they did prove popular enough for a third title, Zero Time Dilemma, which is released for 3DS today.
In a surprisingly uncommon move, Uchikoshi took to social media today to express his gratitude for having the opportunity to make the game a reality. In addition to thanking the team who made Zero Time Dilemma, the director also gave a lot of credit to the fans.
“If there was no passionate action by all the fans, ‘June 28 in 2016’ would become entirely different day from this timeline,” Uchikoshi tweeted. “I will say over and over again. You guys realized ZTD. The person who made ZTD is you. I really appreciate you. Thank you very much! Now, it’s time to decide. Will you play ZTD or not? The choice is yours.”
Cult favorite franchises live and die by their fans, so it is great to see a developer who seems truly grateful for all the support that made their work possible. Hopefully Zero Time Dilemma will meet those fans’ expectations. And if you happen to be one of those fans, please let us know your thoughts.
Source: Nintendo Everything