Aksys Games has confirmed the previously hinted at release date for North America, with a bit of disappointing news in tow for Europe.

Hey Zero Escape fans, we’ve got some good news and some bad news – so I’m going to get it all out of the way quick. It looks like The Nonary Games will indeed be heading to North America on the previously hinted at March 24th release date, though it also seems that Europe seemingly won’t be getting the title on Vita quite yet.

The reason behind the release disparity hasn’t been noted, though it’s worth mentioning that the digital PlayStation 4 version will be launching March 24th in Europe. The physical PlayStation 4 version and the Vita version are delayed in the region however, and are simply windowed as “later this year” for now. Bummer.

Aside from release date news however, we’ve also got some additional details regarding what we’re actually getting in this double pack version of these games. First of all, there’s the revelation that Wendee Lee will reprise her role as Clover, joining various other Virtue’s Last Reward voice-actors that have returned to voice 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors characters. There will also be “adventure” and “novel” modes; the former stylized with new animated character art, and the latter simply those accompanying images with text above them.

Other functionality changes include a built-in calculator with digital root function in the main menu, and a flow chart for tracking progress. Finally, it’ll allow you to explore and investigate rooms with the touch screen as well as the physical controls.

That said, not everything is lollipops and gum-drops – as it seems that 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors will not include the extra ending from the iOS version of the game. You win some, you lose some!

Still convinced overall?

Zero Escape: The Nonary Games is due out March 24th in North America, April 13th in Japan, and simply “later this year” in Europe.

We’ll keep you posted if that changes. 😉

Editor’s Note: Updated to reflect a misconception regarding the novel mode having static images.

  • David Mayn

    The heck, what kind of certification problems would let it release on ps4 but not on vita in Europe? Aksys always strike like a surprisingly incompetent bunch.