Konami will be re-releasing a remastered version of Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner MARS for PlayStation 4 and PC gamers starting in the spring of 2018 next year. The re-release of the PS2 classic will be finely tuned for VR gaming on both PC and PSVR.
The game’s remaster announcement comes courtesy of the opening press conference during this year’s Tokyo Game Show. Konami revealed the remaster via a debut trailer that covers all the basic bullet-point media talking points, including 4K for PS4 Pro users, HD surround sound, high definition assets, and all new refined gameplay for virtual reality headset owners. You can check out the trailer below.
So basically the VR aspect will feature what appears to be first-person segments with full head-tracking. They don’t exactly say whether or not the entire game will be VR-friendly or if they’re going to restrict it to just some select modes like what Polyphony Digital is doing with Gran Turismo Sport.
VR has not really had that great of a time on any platform. The problem is that a lot of games just aren’t very fun in VR save for flight simulators (which admittedly no one seems to make anymore) and racing sims (for which only a few support VR). Mech games in VR could be really cool, but so far we just haven’t had any really noteworthy mech titles to take advantage of the tech. The controls for mech games aren’t very intuitive for VR either.
Anyway, Konami seems to be targeting as many different demographics as possible by attempting to lure in gamers who like mecha fiction, gamers who have VR headsets, and gamers who have 4K TVs. I tend to doubt any single one of those markets will be all that eager to support Konami after the ravaging they gave to the anus of Hideo Kojima’s career, going in as dry as sandpaper across a 2×4.
For those of you who still care about Konami and have forgiven and forgotten what they did, you can look to support them come spring, 2018 with the re-release of Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner MARS for Steam and PS4.