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Zanki Zero (ザンキゼロ lit. Remaining Lives Zero), subtitled Zanki Zero: Last Beginning outside of Japan, is an survival dungeon-crawling RPG developed and published by Spike Chunsoft. It was released in Japan on July 5th, 2018. An English localization has been announced by Spike Chunsoft's English subsidiary, and will be released on PS4 & Steam in Spring 2019.

GalleryEdit

Images can be found at Zanki Zero: Last Beginning/Gallery.

Official SummaryEdit

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.[2]

GameplayEdit

The game is set on an abandoned post-apocalyptic island named Junk Island which is inhabited by 8 survivors, each a clone with a 13-day life cycle. Each clone is based around the seven deadly sins of Christianity, with the eighth clone based on the original sin. The clones very quickly age and then die, only to be reborn again each time through the use of a device called the Extend Device. No character is the singular protagonist; instead the story focuses on a different character each chapter, and the island's ruins will differ depending on which character is that chapter's protagonist in order to learn more about their past. Depending on the age of the character at any given time, they will have certain strengths and weaknesses: child characters have more stamina, but low strength, for example.[3] Each clone has a "Cross-Key" embedded in their stomach, which stores their memories, appearance, and experiences and allows them to be reborn as the same person they were when they died.

Gameplay and combat are real-time and effected by all actions, both active (battling) and inactive (sleeping), with a seamless transition (no loading screens) between field exploration and battle sequences. The main enemies are animals which have adapted to survive in the post-apocalyptic environment, and "creatures" which have the appearance of humans but are in fact monsters who reflect the "shadow of what humanity once was"[4]. Missions and guidance are given via an old TV in a garage on the island which only plays one show - an old anime series called Extend TV hosted by a sheep named Mirai and a boy named Sho Terashima[3].

The game involves survival, resource gathering and amenity building mechanics, collecting materials and food from downed enemies in order to create buildings, equipment, and other objects to improve the survivors' quality of life. There are many ways in which the characters can die, not only in combat, for example hunger, thirst, not going to the bathroom, or even allergic reactions. Building improved amenities will allow characters to remain healthy for longer. How the character dies gives the character certain bonuses in their next cycle, offering the opportunity to experiment with different death scenarios in order to create a strong character.[3]

Trophies & AchievementsEdit

Main article: Zanki Zero: Last Beginning/Trophies

The PlayStation 4 and PS Vita versions of Zanki Zero: Last Beginning each have 38 trophies: 16 bronze, 18 silver, 3 gold, and 1 platinum trophy for collecting every other trophy. 21 of the trophies are hidden by default.

Development HistoryEdit

Zanko Zero Last Beginning - Famitsu Scan 1 - April 27 2017

Image from April 27th, 2017 edition of Famitsu magazine

The game concept was first conceived by Takayuki Sugawara after the release of the first Danganronpa game, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc in 2010, for which Sugawara had designed the major in-game mechanics. Sugawara approached Spike Chunsoft producer and fellow Danganronpa developer Yoshinori Terasawa with his concept, and Terasawa was very interested in producing the game, but the first Danganronpa game quickly turned into a franchise spanning several games, and became the main focus of the development team, including both Sugawara and Terasawa, subsequently delaying the development of Zanki Zero for several years[5].

The game was first announced on April 25th, 2017 and was exclusively covered in the April 27th, 2017 edition of Famitsu magazine[6], who also released the first two ingame images in their website showcasing the 3D environmental art and dialogue UI[7]. In the magazine, Sugawara and Terasawa presented the game as "completely different from the Danganronpa series, but similarly offering surprises". The game's title is stylized in Japanese Katakana as ザンキゼロ, but would be written in Kanji as 残機ゼロ (lit. Remaining Lives: Zero). At the time of printing, it was explained that the game's development was approximately 10% complete[8], which had progressed to around 60% complete by November 2017[3].

English LocalizationEdit

The game was officially announced for Western release by Spike Chunsoft's English language subsidiary on March 23rd, 2018 at the Game Developers Conference 2018 held in San Franciso, California, and featured in an online presentation for the company's latest announcements that same day where the English trailer was officially launched[3]. The presentation featured Terasawa as a special guest, who gave a short presentation providing a translated version of the Famitsu article about the game which had been released a few days prior. It was announced that the game would be available for PS4 in the West, (but not on PS Vita like the Japanese release), and available on Steam for PC worldwide. It was also revealed that the localized version of the game would offer both English and Japanese voice options. Subsequent to this announcement, attendees of the conference were able to play a demo build of the game. On July 7th, 2018, Spike Chunsoft ran a panel at Anime Expo 2018 in Los Angeles, California in which Sugawara and Terasawa expanded upon the previous presentation with further information which had previously only been released in Japanese gaming publications. The panel also debuted an English subtitled version of the character trailer and confirmed the release window for the English localization would be Spring 2019.


Main CharactersEdit

Zanki Zero Last Beginning ID Image Minamo Setouchi
Zanki Zero Last Beginning ID Image Haruto Higurashi
Zanki Zero Last Beginning ID Image Yuma Mashiro
Zanki Zero Last Beginning ID Image Mamoru Ichiyo
Minamo Setouchi Haruto Higurashi Yuma Mashiro Mamoru Ichiyo
Zanki Zero Last Beginning ID Image Rinko Susukino
Zanki Zero Last Beginning ID Image Zen Kubota
Zanki Zero Last Beginning ID Image Sachika Hirasaka
Zanki Zero Last Beginning ID Image Ryo Mikajime
Rinko Susukino Zen Kubota Sachika Hirasaka Ryo Mikajime

ReleasesEdit

DemoEdit

Zanki Zero trial version
On July 30th, 2018 Zanki Zero Trial Version (ザンキゼロ 体験版) was released for free on the Japanese PlayStation Store for both PlayStation 4[9] and PlayStation Vita[10]. The demo allowed players to complete up to Chapter 2 of the main game with all features intact with the exception of there being limitations on how much character relationships can be raised by having them share a room on the island. Save date from the demo can be transfered over to the main game on both systems.

PlayStation ConsolesEdit

Zanki Zero Last Beginnings Boxart PS4(Japanese)
In Japan, the game released on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita consoles on July 5th, 2018. On PlayStation 4 it has an RRP of 7200¥[11] and on PlayStation Vita consoles an RRP of 6800¥[11]. The game was released in both standard edition and a limited "Extend Edition" (エクステンド-EDITION-) on both consoles. The Extend Edition version includes the base game, a 50-track digital soundtrack, swimsuit DLC for the in-game character models, and an avatar set. PlayStation store digital pre-orders of both the standard and limited editions include an exclusive Extend-TV PlayStation menu theme and a "survival item set" in-game item DLC code[12]. 22 other physical and online retailers also had their own pre-order incentives including clearfiles, can badges, posters, and in-game item packs[13]

PatchesEdit

Patch Notes
Ver 1.01
(July 5th, 2018)
  • Added a simplified item movement function to "Warehouse" menu
  • Correction of unreachable bug in some events
  • Fixed a bug in "Album"
Ver 1.02
(August 6th, 2018)
  • Items dropped in areas where items cannot be dropped no longer disappear, and instead are now sent to the beach on Trash Island
  • Fixed some tutorials
  • Increased the number of stackable materials such as cooking ingredients to 99
  • Weapons and armour now equippable for all ages
  • Adjusted enemy physical strength after Stage 05
  • Difficulty balance adjustments for difficulties Ⅰ-Ⅲ
  • Several other minor issues fixed or corrected

Downloadable ContentEdit

In Japan, a set of swimsuit costume DLC (『ザンキゼロ』水着DLC配信概要) was released on July 5th, 2018 which allows the player to dress each character models in swimsuits throughout the story. The full set of 8 is available on the PlayStation Store for 1,620 Yen, or individual characters can be purchased for 270 Yen (male characters) or 324 Yen (female characters) respectively.

Steam for PCEdit

System RequirementsEdit

Minimum
Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Windows 7 64-bit
Processor: Intel Core i3-4170 @ 3.70GHz
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA@ GeForce@ GTX 460 or better
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 26GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX compatible soundcard or onboard chipset

ReceptionEdit

In Japan, the game sold over 25,000 physical copies in its first week over the two consoles, and was the 3rd (PS4) and 6th (PS Vita) most popular game overall[14]. Digitally, the game ranked #2 on the Japan PlayStation Store's PS Vita sales chart within the first 3 days of release[15], rising to #1 on the chart by the following week[16].

Critical ReceptionEdit

In Japan, the four reviewers of Weekly Famitsu magazine gave Zanki Zero scores of 9/9/8/8 out of 10, for a total of 34/40[17]. The four reviewers of Dengeki Playstation magazine gave the game scores of 95/90/80/95 out of 100.

VideosEdit

EnglishEdit

Zanki Zero Last Beginning - GDC 2018 Trailer (English)

Zanki Zero Last Beginning - GDC 2018 Trailer (English)

Zanki Zero Last Beginning - Character Trailer (English)

Zanki Zero Last Beginning - Character Trailer (English)

First English Trailer: GDC 2018
(March 23rd, 2018)
Character Trailer (English)
(July 10th, 2018)

JapaneseEdit

Zanki Zero Last Beginning - Playstation Japan Teaser Trailer (Japanese)

Zanki Zero Last Beginning - Playstation Japan Teaser Trailer (Japanese)

Zanki Zero Last Beginning - Character Trailer (Japanese)

Zanki Zero Last Beginning - Character Trailer (Japanese)

Zanki Zero Last Beginning - Cinematic Trailer

Zanki Zero Last Beginning - Cinematic Trailer

First Trailer (Japanese)
(Sept 20th, 2017)
Character Trailer (Japanese)
(April 25th, 2018)
Cinematic Trailer (Japanese)
(June 28th, 2018)
Zanki Zero Last Beginning - Game Introduction Trailer

Zanki Zero Last Beginning - Game Introduction Trailer

Zanki Zero Last Beginning - Opening Movie

Zanki Zero Last Beginning - Opening Movie

Game Introduction Trailer (Japanese)
(June 28th, 2018)
Opening Movie (Japanese)
(July 5th, 2018)
Zanki Zero Last Beginning - Short CM

Zanki Zero Last Beginning - Short CM

Zanki Zero Last Beginning - Short CM 2

Zanki Zero Last Beginning - Short CM 2

Zanki Zero Last Beginning - Short CM 3

Zanki Zero Last Beginning - Short CM 3

Short CM 1 (Japanese)
(June 22nd, 2018)
Short CM 2 (Japanese)
(June 22nd, 2018)
Short CM 3 (Japanese)
(June 25thh, 2018)

TriviaEdit

  • Zanki Zero - Running Boy Sign Trivia
    In various parts of the island the player are distinctive signs featuring a cut out of a boy who is running. The signs are based on a real world safety sign used all over Japan for many decades called 飛び出し坊や (Tobidashibōya, lit. dashing out boy) designed to warn drivers of the danger of children running into the road.
  • EXTEND Video Sloth Part 2 (1)
    Haruto's second Strategy Video found in Mashiro Garden Tower features the silhouette of a plush rabbit with a bow on its right ear, likely to be Monomi from the Danganronpa series.

External LinksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Gematsu: Zanki Zero launches July 5 in Japan (April 24th, 2018)
  2. Steam: Zanki Zero: Last Beginning (March 23rd, 2018)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Gematsu: Zanki Zero: Last Beginning coming west for PS4, PC (March 23rd, 2018)
  4. Gematsu: Zanki Zero details Haruto, Ryo, Rinko, Yuma, ruins, creatures, and more (May 28th, 2018)
  5. Game Watch: どこまでもこだわるスタッフ達の想いを形にしたい。寺澤プロデューサーが紹介する新作RPG「ザンキゼロ」 (March 24th, 2018)
  6. Famitsu: 寺澤善徳氏×菅原隆行氏が放つ“ノンストップ残機サバイバルRPG”! PS4&PS Vita『ザンキゼロ』発売決定 (April 25th, 2017)
  7. Famitsu: 『ダンガンロンパ』シリーズの開発スタッフが制作に携わっている新作RPG『ザンキゼロ』 (April 25th, 2017)
  8. Gematsu: Spike Chunsoft announces survival RPG Zanki Zero for PS4, PS Vita (April 25th, 2017)
  9. PlayStation Store Japan: ザンキゼロ 体験版 (PS4) (July 30th, 2018)
  10. PlayStation Store Japan: ザンキゼロ 体験版 (PS Vita) (July 30th, 2018)
  11. 11.0 11.1 Ryokuta2089: 『ザンキゼロ』キャスト&発売日決定 (April 24th, 2018)
  12. PlayStation Store (JP): 【予約】ザンキゼロ エクステンド-EDITION- (May 25th, 2018)
  13. Zanki Zero Official Site: Zanki Zero pre-order retailer benefits (May 25th, 2018)
  14. Dengeki Online: Weekly software sales ranking TOP 50 (Aggregation period: July 2 - 8, 2018) (July 12th, 2018)
  15. PlayStation Japan Blog: PS Store売れ筋ゲームランキング! (7月2日~7月8日) (July 13th, 2018)
  16. PlayStation Japan Blog: PS Store売れ筋ゲームランキング! (7月9日~7月15日) (July 21st, 2018)
  17. Playstation Lifestyle: Zanki Zero: Last Beginning Gets Promising Famitsu Score (June 27th, 2018)