We tend to forget that Konami is sitting on a treasure trove of classic franchises. The recently delayed remaster to one of their more loved franchises, Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner, will come out on Sep. 4 in America and Sep. 6 worldwide, as announced Tuesday by Konami.
Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner is a remaster of the original sequel for the PlayStation 4 and Steam. The game updates the graphics to 4K resolution and re-engineers the audio to bring it up to speed with modern consoles. It’s important to note that only the PC and PS4 limited edition support Dolby Atmos, not the PS4 version.
Players can also experience the full game on the PlayStation VR. Zone of Enders received an HD collection, packing together both games in the series, back in 2012 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. However, this marks the first time the series has ever been given the first-person and VR treatment.
The remaster comes with several new features, including:
•Optional “Pro Mode” controller setup allows for faster selection of sub-weapons to help engage in rapid-fire combat
•“Very Easy” difficulty setting offers an alternative option for players who wish to enjoy the cinematic experience of the game’s story or are new to VR
•Various training modules and a mini-map
•Additional VR content for an even more captivating experience:
•3D Hangar: Interact with Jehuty in VR
•3D Model Viewer: Explore various refined 3D models in full 360 degrees
•Cinematic Theater: After completing the game, unlock the ability to re-watch any story sequence with the option to view cut-scenes in full VR
A 4K resolution and VR demo will be available for download on the PlayStation Store soon before it releases in September—Konami gave no exact date for the demo. For those who preorder the game digitally, there are a couple of bonuses in the form of an exclusive theme and avatars. The physical edition of the game comes with holographic cover and a Zone of the Enders triangle embroidered patch. You can preorder the game for $29.99 starting today.
Watch the Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner comparison video below to see how the game has evolved over the years.