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Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner Mars will come to PC in September

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A PC version of Zone the Enders: The 2nd Runner, a third-person hack-and-slash shooter originally released for the PS2 in 2003, was announced last year as Zone the Enders: The 2nd Runner Mars—or M∀RS, as it's more technically called. It was at the time expected to be out in the spring of this year, but it's going to take a bit longer than that: Konami dropped a 4K graphics trailer today that finishes with word of a new release window of September.

The video puts the spotlight on the 4K graphics of this version by comparing them side-by-side with the original release and, in some cases, the HD version that was put out for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It's a dramatic improvement—unsurprising, I suppose, given the amount of time that's passed between then and now, but still nice to have confirmed. 

A specific release date hasn't been set, but Konami confirmed in a followup tweet that the PC release of  Zone the Enders: The 2nd Runner Mars will also support a first-person perspective in VR. A physical edition is also coming, for fans who are into that kind of thing, and "it looks nice."

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.