New Zone of the Enders planned

Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima promises continuation of mech-combat franchise, but exactly when remains a question.

It would be hard to make the case that Konami and Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima had a disappointing Electronic Entertainment Expo. After multiple prolonged teaser campaigns, Kojima took the stage at Konami's press event to announce Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker for the PSP as well as his involvement in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, a new installment in the classic vampire-hunting action adventure game in development at Spanish studio Mercury Steam. Those announcements were made in addition to Metal Gear Solid Rising, announced for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC earlier that week.

A prolonged absence certainly helps build a cult-like following.

Still, many fans of the noted game designer had hoped that at least one of those teasers pointed to a new installment in Kojima Productions' dormant Zone of the Enders mech-combat franchise. As reported by Andria Sang, that hope may soon become a reality, as Kojima recently wrote on his company's blog that he fully intends to create a Zone of the Enders sequel, though it remains at question as to when that will happen.

"We'd like to make [a Zone of the Enders] sequel at some point," Kojima wrote of the game, which is known in Japan as Anubis: Zone of the Enders. "Also, we feel that if we do it, we'd like to make [Zone of the Enders] succeed this time. I already have a game plan and method for sales in my head. However, we don't know if it will be green lighted. The production lines within Kojima Productions are currently full."

Kojima bemoaned the lackluster sales of Zone of the Enders 2, which received a strong critical reception upon its launch for the PlayStation 2 in 2003. "It's a title that even now, six years later, is extremely well received by the press and users," he said. "However, due to errors in setting the release time frame, while it was a medium hit, it did not achieve the expected numbers."

Kojima went on to note that Zone of the Enders 2 was initially scheduled for a holiday 2002 launch. However, because of the competitive climate, the game was bumped to February 2003 in Japan (March 2003 in the US). That strategy backfired, Kojima wrote, because many of those same competitors either similarly pushed their games back or were simply hit with delays, creating an inordinate number of launches during the first part of 2003.

"Everything was due to an error by me, the producer," he wrote. "At that time, if I hadn't made a mistake with the release date, [Zone of the Enders] might have ended up a major Kojima Productions title to follow MGS, still seeing development as a series."

The veteran game designer closed his post emphatically, writing, "I cannot make a promise about time. However, I can promise a sequel."

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95 comments
KillerOttsel
KillerOttsel

This is awesome! A dream come true for me.

LeonGameFreak
LeonGameFreak

my favourite robot fighting game ever !!!!cool

ZIROPC360
ZIROPC360

Glad to see this happening. Definitely my favorite Japanese Mech Game.

solidine
solidine

I liked those games, but I don't think they'd ever be as big as MGS. They weren't good enough, and they carried nothing truly unique. I don't see how Kojima can blame a bad launch window. It'd still be nice to see a sequel, though after having sold the first two, I would probably jusr rent it.

jaredcrazy3232
jaredcrazy3232

what a bad video review, i feel like im watching a bad presentation for school

Sheltro
Sheltro

finally I have been waiting for 6 years and I hope they make it for next year

Cbordi
Cbordi

i hope they keep it an exclusive for the PS3... that way they'll have more time in developing just for one system (PS3), so the chances for a better game increases a lot ^-^

wahyudil
wahyudil

PC, zone of enders on PC ... yipiii

X-RS
X-RS

christ, konami could make killer by just releasing an upgradeed version on 360 or somethin. though i would much prefer a sequel (but seriously this is a frickin cash in!!!!). time to put zegapain to shame!!!!

coldsauce09
coldsauce09

i already expected this since otacon uses this as his wallpaper in his computer during mgs4 briefing time.. i kinda felt kojima is been planning this.

Everiez
Everiez

Damn, fans dream come true. YESH! We love ya Kojima Team

NortePadrote
NortePadrote

Hell yea another ZOTE. Y r jap developers always trying to come up with new type of video games and all we get from AMERICAN developers r fps.

Vydiot
Vydiot

A shoutout to Kojima: Please make the cockpits in the chest or head and not the crotch. The mech designs are ridiculously awesome except for crotch-pit.

Flame_Blade88
Flame_Blade88

I feel like I'm dreaming...this is too good to be true! It's actually happening!

akiwak
akiwak

I just jissed in my pants!

shakezilla460
shakezilla460

I absolutely love this game series...I think it is the best sic fi mech series out there simply because your not bogged down by customization options ( not that those are bad Armored Core does it very well ) but because the mechs themselves are just plain bad ass

wolf0
wolf0

ZOE2 was alot of fun very cool

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

anything by kojima is fine by me, but ZoE is a def. want

Jehuty08
Jehuty08

they can charge any amount of money they want for zoe 3, I will hapilly pay it

NuKkU
NuKkU

dude ZoE is a amazing series and i cannot wait for the next one!!

kreisler
kreisler

... and I can promise you Kojima, I will buy ZOE 3 anytime of the year you release it. ZOE 2 still sit up there in my top 10 and never got dethroned for the past 6 years. It is still a source of inspiration for my creative work.

loxley
loxley

GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dante200X
Dante200X

I heard ZOE3 was planned already....like a year ago. I didn't quite know the circumstances on why ZOE2 didn't sell well though. Nice to know that. I loved that game though. It wasn't perfect, but it was definitely decent and it deserves a real chance next time.

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

I won't believe Kojima is working on this until I see it on store shelves. He always says this and then Konami snaps the whip and tells him to get back to more Metal Gear games.

Night_Frost
Night_Frost

ZOE2 is still my favorite PS2 game and I still play it, this is good news and I hope the announcement comes soon, though IMO, the Gundam series could a learn a thing or two from ZOE, epecially nailing down the fast paced action (we don't need another Dynasty Gundam, right?)

Mickleohb
Mickleohb

I'm intrigued by the ZOE series even though I haven't played either of them. I think I'll hold off playing them until ZOE3 is announced in case I love it (I hate not knowing if/when a sequel will come out if I like a series!)

chrono_wind
chrono_wind

EEEEEEEE!!!!! Think I'm gonna scream like a little school girl..I own almost every current gen system...But do not own a 360, but if this becomes a 360 exclusive, I'll buy one right away. Not biased on any system, just saying this IS the game I've been waiting for such a long time. I can see Leo becoming Jehuty's pilot again.

Fed__X
Fed__X

I see this one being almost PS3 exclusive since the rest of the series back on the PS2 was never ported to x-box unlike MGS2. But with all honesty this would be one exclusive or not everyone should experience ZOE2 is a great game and still one of my favorites.

Wings_008
Wings_008

is the new Castlevania a PS3 exclusive? or it is going to be a multiplatform

protokyoto
protokyoto

ZOE 2 has been one of my favourite games for years. Unfortunately Kojima made this exact came comment about the possibility of ZOE 3 1-2 years ago so i'm still not getting my hopes up for a release within the next decade.....altho i'd sure as heck buy it Day 1 if it did.

danteMdie
danteMdie

It was about time!! I was just thinking about zoe today and this is the news i get when entering gamespot! Man, the 2nd runner was really a blast - just imagining a sequel on the ps3 is awsome.

Mattyrock
Mattyrock

Yes! About time! I need to go back and play the last two games :D

King-Tigre
King-Tigre

Honestly, I hope it is ps3 exclusive, so it fully uses the blu-ray and not be shortened on a dual layer.

GameGenie83
GameGenie83

Wow it's about freaking time. I used to love that series. I have always said that Zone of Enders 2 was one of the best games ever, and top 5 for the PS2. I've been waiting on a part 3 forever it seems. Just the sound of that reminds me of the good old days when games were really fun and creative. I hope it's PS3 exclusive, but I doubt it. That just made my day, I'm really excited now.

goldenMC
goldenMC

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!! finally. this game was one of the major reasons i kept my ps2

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

Cool, but I'd rather see a new Snatcher game (ofcourse I'd love to see both though).

bertm1975
bertm1975

About time. I'm not a mech fan or even into stuff like Robotech, but I love Zone of the Enders. It was fast, fun, exciting, and one of the most stunning games for the PS2. Hopefully, they'll do a multi-system launch to ensure a big seller, and not make it exclusive to ONE system. ZOE has a great following, but won't do the numbers of Halo or Metal Gear on only one system.

Ranma_X_basic
Ranma_X_basic

YAY now i have a reason to bo back and play both games again as well as watch the anime series. I'll wait as long as possible for ZOE2. and hope mr.kojima will show off a teaser next year at E3 or PAX or even the tokyo game show.

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

Dead Kojima, Please understand that there have been many fans waiting for this for a long, long time. Please make this a reality and sooner rather than later but take your time to make it great :) That is all. (oh yea and Dear David Jaffe, bring back Twisted Metal)

GDCalibur
GDCalibur

Should be interesting hopefully some good comes of this.