Zero Time Dilemma, the long-awaited follow up to 999 and Virtue’s Last Reward, is on the way, and the latest issue of Famitsu has revealed even more about the game’s characters and plot.

First up we have an image of the game’s participants this time around. Check it out:

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From left to right we have Akane, Carlos, Junpei, Eric, Q, Mira, Phi, Diana, Sigma, and the mysterious new Zero who pulls the strings.

The game will take place at the Mars Mission Test Site, which was discussed in hushed tones throughout Virtue’s Last Reward. All of the aforementioned participants join the experiment to test if the Martian environment is suitable for human life, but 6 days later they all wake up in the same room to discover black bracelets on their wrists. Yet another Zero is running a game of death, but this time sacrifices must be made if they want to escape.

Also, instead of controlling one character throughout the game you can switch between the leaders of the three teams: Carlos, Diana and Q. As always, the game will feature multiple endings, but it’s unknown just how many at this point in time.

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Famitsu features an interview with the game’s director, Kotaro Uchikoshi, which gives us a few extra tidbits of information. He claims “all of the mysteries from the previous games will be solved”, but they’re “making sure that the people who play it for the first time will also enjoy it.”

When asked about extreme scenes he jokingly replies “I want the player to be well-worried. Since we don’t want to soften up the presentation for the sake of age regulations, we’re putting out the presentation how I want it without changes. So the possibility that this is the first Z-rated game for 3DS is high.” Considering 999 features a scene where the implosion of a man is described in graphic detail, although not shown, it will be interesting to see just how far this new game goes.

Uchikoshi also states that development on the game is 80% complete. Zero Time Dilemma is planned for a simultaneous release in Japan and the West this Summer, and it will be available on both the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita.

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