New Zone of the Enders project dismantled

Hideo Kojima has scuttled the team responsible for the next Zone of the Enders game. Kojima delivered the news on his HideoBlog podcast (via Siliconera), saying he wants to re-evaluate the franchise and fan expectations before continuing.

"Project Ender" was announced last May, but we'd heard little more about its progress since then. Now we know its development team at Kojima Productions has been dismantled and merged back into the studio proper.

The re-evaluation was prompted by negative feedback about Zone of the Enders HD Collection, which some players reported had choppier performance than the PlayStation 2 originals. The development team plans to release a big patch to bring performance up to snuff on PlayStation 3, but it's not planned for the Xbox 360 version at the moment.

Kojima isn't sure enough people still want another Zone of the Enders 10 years after The 2nd Runner. What do you think?

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  • hollywoodundead - May 6, 2013 8:06 a.m.

    yes make a new one i love zone of 2 better than 1
  • lordghen37 - May 5, 2013 8:30 p.m.

    God I hope Kojima reconsiders. ZOE is one of my very favorite series, and I had no problems with the HD collection. C'mon man! I've been waiting so long for more Jehuty vs Anubis!
  • Darkhawk - May 4, 2013 3:31 p.m.

    Give it to Platinum! Give it to Platinum!
  • moncharleskey - May 4, 2013 9:09 a.m.

    I played the original games a LOY, several times, spanning several years. I was really excited when the HD collection came out, and was not disappointed. I didn't notice frame rate issues or missing special effects at all. I WAS expecting a little more improvement in the graphics, but being able to play them both on the 360 and getting the amazing new intro was worth the price for sure. I hate that people nitpicking such an amazing franchise has seemingly killed hope for a ZoE3. These are incredible games and I've yet to see anything like it. The movie and series are great too! Give me more ADA!
  • slimjim441 - May 3, 2013 8:25 p.m.

    Heinous. This makes me sad.
  • TheMariner - May 3, 2013 5:41 p.m.

    Personally, I think it would be great to bring out a new ZoE game. I think the fans would love it and it would be interesting to newcomers as I'm not aware of anything similar to ZoE out on the market currently. That and, considering how long it's been since Second Runner came out, no one's going to be able to accuse him milking the franchise. I suppose I can understand his trepidation especially after the HD remakes failed to live up to the PS2 originals in terms of performance (which I honestly haven't noticed) but I feel that ZoE 3, if done right, could restore the franchise in the eyes of those who might have felt slighted by the perceived issues with the HD remakes. I can't really see a bad side to making ZoE 3.
  • evancusick - May 3, 2013 5:32 p.m.

    ZOE is one of my favourite games ever. Please make a new one!
  • BladedFalcon - May 3, 2013 2:13 p.m.

    WHAT????? D: Aw dammit no! >.< Also- what issues with the HD collection? o.O I actually had a huge blast with it, and second runner specially is a game that holds up beautifully. Grah, these are the times when I feel angry at the gaming community for not supporting games and projects like these. Yes, YOU the fucking consumer, by eating up the same shit time and time again and not giving different experiences a try. Sure, ZOE2 might not be a masterpiece, but it's a hell of a good and fun game, and one of the most fast paced, dynamic mech games ever made, such a series honestly deserves to exists, and it pisses me off that instead we get to endure the continued existence of shit like Just dance, Wii fit, Carnival games, Dinasty Warriors, and the annualized EA sports games.
  • C.King - May 3, 2013 4:52 p.m.

    never played just dance, but dance central for kinect is a fun party game, never tried wii fit but i don't think of that as common or that bad. but i do agree it is massively painful when a game you've been looking forward to gets canceled, i don't think this is as bad as the megaman legends 3 cancellation, but rly it seems odd for them to cancel it based on fan base can't they just make a quality game and forget about the name to get people to buy it? i mean red steel 2 and just cause 2, never herd of their predecessors
  • Nettacki - May 3, 2013 5:38 p.m.

    Dude, read up on the HD Collection issues. Framerate was split in half, some missing special effects, and a few framedrops that may or may not have been in the original game. Kinda like Silent Hill HD except not nearly as screwed up. Basically, the HD Collection should have been at least as good or even better than the original versions, but it turns out it's slightly worse, and thus not as good. You can be angry at the gaming community all you want, but if many of their issues are legit, then you have no grounds to stand on.
  • BladedFalcon - May 3, 2013 9:44 p.m.

    Did you actually play the HD collection? or are you just basing your info on bullet points someone made in a forum? I played both the original second Runner game back when it came out in 2003, and I played both games of the HD collection. I can tell you with certainty that at LEAST in the case of second runner, the game's framerate ran just fine all the time, and I saw no lack of special effects that the original had, and it DID look significantly better than the PS2 version thanks to the HD conversion and cleaning up of the graphics. The first ZoE did feel pretty underwhelming to me, so perhaps that's the the issues popped out, but as far as my experience with the HD version of Second runner, it played just fine. And I can't have been the only one. Besides, faulty HD remake or not, I still have every right to get mad at a community that in sites and forums continuously bitches about EA and activision and franchises like Madden and CoD, but when push comes to shove, most of those imbeciles still go and run the same old shit while passing up on different but potentially cool games and experiences. And it's not just regarding this HD remake, Second runner itself back in 2003 deserved to sell far more than it did.
  • infestedandy - May 4, 2013 9:03 a.m.

    Whenever anyone sports the argument, "Read up on it, man" I become infuriated. Reading what other people say on a game could mean anything and, if they haven't played the actual game, it's almost always a skewed opinion. Gamers need to branch out more and support games they really love. If that means endorsing the next Call of Duty, then so be it, but at least it's something that the particular person in question is passionate about. I'll vehemently defend Dynasty Warriors as a series that was tanking hard in the creativity department but then built itself back up over the last couple years. DW7 is a fantastic (you heard me right) addition to the series and I hope they build off of that specific model.
  • Nettacki - May 5, 2013 3 p.m.

    Not from a forum. But from several professional sources like Digital Foundry. Sure, it ran "just fine" for you. But was it as good as the originals? I think the people who bitch about big companies and million selling franchises are not all the same people who end up buying those games anyway. The casuals who just buy the latest Madden/COD/whatever greatly outnumber people like you and me with a brain and who can call out shit when we see it and are willing to try something new. Yes, the ZoE games deserve to sell more both then and now, but the fact remains that those games tend to appeal to a smaller audience than the Maddens and the CODs.
  • BladedFalcon - May 5, 2013 5:04 p.m.

    I'm confident in going so far that it was better than the original. Solely because the HD made it look better, AND the load times were significantly shorter. Again though, I'm speaking about 2nd runner because I didn't play the first one back when it came out. But really, 2nd runner is the one game worth playing. And well, yes, you're right that the majority of the demographic that buys the same shit again and again isn't usually the people that hangs out here or that bitches about said products... BUT I am still pretty sure there are still a lot of them that wind up buying the maddens and the CoDs anyway. But yes, I mean, i guess it's the way it is, but still, pointless as it might be, I rather get angry at the consumer in general for having such shit taste and not trying different things. At least that's something that's a fact, instead of the idiots that blame the companies for killing such projects. If they do it because they don't think it's worth the investment... well, that's sad, but I can't really blame konami for not wanting to make a game they don't think it'll sell. If only people hating on capcom could get that in their heads >_>

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