Spike Chunsoft have revealed that they will be bringing Zanki Zero: Last Beginning to Europe and North America. This survival RPG comes from a collaboration between the team behind Danganronpa and Lancarse of Lost Dimension and Etrian Odyssey fame.
From the press release detailing their 2018 lineup:
Spike Chunsoft is proud to announce the next game from the creators of the Danganronpa series, survival RPG Zanki Zero: Last Beginning for the PlayStation 4 system and Steam in North America and Europe! The game will be released physically and digitally. Release timing coming soon.
This RPG takes place on a mysterious island after the destruction of modern civilization. Each of the eight protagonists are clones of sinners. Over the course of the game, the main cast will rapidly age, die, and, depending on the player’s choices, be reborn. In addition to survival elements, the game also features real time combat. Zanki Zero is still not out in Japan, so this news of a 2018 localization seems pretty quick.
From the game’s description on Steam:
God created the world in seven days. It only took one day for humans to destroy the world. Life as we knew it sank to the depths of the sea…until yesterday. We do not yet know the broken world and the reasons left behind there. An earth where ruins drift about. Buildings, houses, light posts. Cars, traffic lights, asphalt… Modern civilization was destroyed, becoming nothing more than debris wading in the sea. New ruins drift one after the other before the protagonist, who lives on one of those decaying islands.
- 8 Clones, 7 Deadly Sins, Infinite Lives – Play from the POV of one of eight protagonists in each chapter and explore the dungeons, towers, and islands to uncover the deadly sins of their past.
- Survival of the Fittest – Hunt for materials and food while fending off monsters in real-time battle environments, but don’t forget to go to the bathroom (seriously, it’s bad for your health and fatal for your party).
- Live, Die, Repeat – With only 13 days in one life cycle, each clone’s stats, abilities and capabilities differ from youth to old age. Depending on how you die, you can even earn bonus upgrades for your next life cycle. Take advantage of each life cycle to the fullest!
A recent issue of Dengeki PlayStation gave us more details about the upcoming RPG. The 13 day lifespan of each character will pass in about 2 hours of play. As such, it may seem obvious that the developers also say players can not finish in one life cycle. The article also mentioned that killing your survivors by having them eat food they are allergic to is useful for quickly getting them back to age 0.
Zanki Zero: Last Beginning does not have a firm release date. While it will launch on PS4 and Vita in Japan, it will only be on PS4 and PC in North America and Europe.