Fans have been waiting for years to find out if Hideo Kojima would do another Metal Gear game. (Revengeance doesn’t count, ’cause Kojima’s not making it.) The answer, we learned today, is yes!
Solid Snake is back, and he’s a decidedly younger Snake than the one we saw in MGS4 (he’s seen in the image above). At a special presentation in Tokyo, Konami and Kojima Productions unveiled its new Fox Engine, a game engine that boasts impressive new graphics features like realistic weather and clothing textures. Its real innovations come from the completely open, fluid game world it allows Kojima to create. It’s also next-gen console-friendly. And the first game being made with the Fox Engine is Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes.
Is this Metal Gear Solid 5? Hard to say. Maybe Kojima’s dropped the numbering scheme for its sequels — a trend that’s all the rage at the movies. Or maybe this is a side project. We wait and see.
Kojima’s penchant for bizarre names notwithstanding (Zeroes? Really? Not just Zero?), the game has only been seen behind closed doors but is already generating huge buzz on social networks like Twitter. An on-stage demo featured Solid Snake infiltrating a military compound in the rain — a mission that involved engaging in stealth, quick kills, avoiding search lights, driving a jeep, and calling for an evacuation by helicopter, and it was all fast, smooth, and seamless in a completely open world. There’s also an intriguing twist to how games handle the player failing at an objective. Instead of the game ending, or restarting from a save point, Ground Zeroes just keeps going. Suppose you’re sneaking around and an enemy finds you. He and his cohorts will take you prisoner, and suddenly your objective shifts to your own escape.
“This announcement is a challenge from Kojima Productions to the world,” Kojima proclaimed to his drooling fans. In other words: You think your engine is state-of-the-art? Then top this!
Also at the event, Konami announced a new social game for mobile devices called Metal Gear Solid: Social Ops, which is being developed by mobile/social mega-dev GREE. But the announcements didn’t stop there: the long-rumored Metal Gear Solid movie is finally happening. The big-budget flick is in development at Columbia Pictures, with Avi Arad signed on as producer. Arad, of course, is remembered as the man largely responsible for bringing several of Marvel Comics’ biggest characters to the silver screen, kicking off a modern renaissance for superhero movies. Now it seems he wants to do the same for video games.