Kojima Productions announces brand new Metal Gear at a special 25th Anniversary event for the franchise. Features an open world. The company also announced a Metal Gear Solid movie and social game.
At the 25th Anniversary event for the Metal Gear franchise, Hideo Kojima, director of Kojima Productions himself, announced the latest Metal Gear Solid game, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes.
According to reports from the event, the new title was running on a PC, and targets current generation technical specifications, meaning that we can expect the title to launch on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The demo itself was twenty minutes long.
Running on Kojima Productions’ very own Fox Engine, Ground Zeroes will be an open world game. Witnesses of the event took to Twitter to report what they say, confirming that the title is not only just open world, but allows the player to drive vehicles and call in helicopters. One user stated, “Snake crawled, avoiding searchlights, killed guard, rode jeep, called in heli for evac. Sounds like MG, but the scale and atmosphere… Wow.”
Speculation states that the protagonist of the title was Big Boss, hinted at by his eye patch and much reminiscent of when Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater — also starring Big Boss — was announced.
Ground Zeroes is a very good looking game, with viewers stating that the detail in the shadows, lighting, vehicles and character models were incredible, as well as the effects from the heavy rain. The Fox Engine is intended for next gen consoles, so it’s to be expected that it would have a lot of graphical power.
Before all the buzz, Kojima Productions announced the social game, Metal Gear Social Ops for the GREE platform. CEO of GREE, Yoshikazu Tanaka, announced the title, revealing a trailer yet unavailable to the press.
Social Ops will allow players to participate in events from previous entries in the franchise. The game will feature Mother Base development like we’ve seen in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker on the PlayStation Portable, and the player must make use of cards to engage in battle. The title is being developed by GREE on the Unity Engine, but Kojima Productions are designing the game. It is confirmed that a playable build will exist on the Tokyo Game Show stage floor.
Kojima also announced the movie, finally bringing Metal Gear to the theatre after (at least) a decade of rumours and anticipation. The film will distributed by Columbia Pictures and directed by Avi Arad.
The Director stated at the event that he’d been searching for someone who could manage to capture Metal Gear on the big screen, and that he believes Arad can do it.
Arad then promised that he would make a faithful adaptation. The producer has previously been attached to both Iron Man and The Amazing Spider-Man movies, both of which were successful and popular adaptations of adored franchises.