Originally set to launch sometime this spring, it looks like the remaster of Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner is taking a bit longer than expected to wrap up. According to a recent announcement, we can now expect the game to arrive sometime this September.
While Konami isn't having a lot of luck with new(ish) games like Metal Gear Survive these days, it looks like they're hoping to turn things around with remasters of old-school classics. That's where Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner comes in. But while the publisher was hoping to get the title out sometime soon, it looks like we'll be waiting a few extra months before we can get our hands on the cleaned up PlayStation 2 offering.
The Zone of the Enders series actually comes from Hideo Kojima, the games creator Konami had a pretty notorious falling out with a few years back. Much like with Metal Gear Survive, the publisher is finding new ways to keep making money off of the guy even after his departure. But while Kojima was the driving force behind the series' first game, he was only the producer on this 2003 follow-up. Still, the game has a lot of fans who will likely be happy to see that, while delayed, it's still set to arrive later this year.
According to the Konami announcement, the remaster will include a standard HD remaster of the original game, as well as a 4K version for folks with fancy televisions. Even cooler is the fact that the game will also boast a first-person mode for those who want to play in VR which, if they manage to nail it, might prove to be the best way to play through the mech battle game.
The announcement comes with a nice trailer that shows off the graphics from the original game, as well as the HD and 4K versions. The new versions definitely boast a cleaner look but, being a remaster rather than a from-the-ground-up remake, you can only stretch those PS2 graphics so far. If you need a comparison, take a gander at the PS3 remaster and the PS4 remake of Shadow of the Colossus.
Still, even if the graphics aren't cutting edge, they should have the welcome effect of making this second Zone of the Enders look like you remember it rather than what it actually looks like and, assuming the gameplay holds up all these years later, that could make for a pretty rad nostalgia trip.
Look for it this September on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR and Steam.