This old dog is not done yet.
In a recent interview with French magazine IG, the creator and creative director of the Metal Gear Solid series, Hideo Kojima, has released some info about his next installment in the Metal Gear Solid series. He has said the game will be running on Konami’s own Fox Engine and he has been quoted to say “On the topic of Metal Gear Solid 5, I can tell you two things. There will be much question of infiltration, espionage, and convincing people to give you ‘a favor’ like in the last Metal Gear Solid.” This left me wondering if Kojima is looking to make the Metal Gear Solid world more expanded and interactive. This thought was solidified when Kojima told the magazine “I liked the idea of social interactions in Deus Ex: Human Revolution, but we will see.”
Oh and before people start trying to find hints of Metal Gear Solid 5 in Metal Gear Rising: Revengance when it comes out, just know that Kojima has also stated “Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance never pretended to be Metal Gear Solid. It’s not a game about our beloved Solid Snake. It’s a spin-off that tries something different.”
Well, I personally thought that Metal Gear Solid 4 was the last game for dear old Snake. I would’t mind jumping in the shoes of Snake once again but seeing all the events that lead up to Metal Gear Solid 4 and seeing the ending, one would think that was the ultimate finale for Snake. Well it’s up to the creator though to say when to say the character’s final journey is but I leave off with Kojima’s insightful quote from the IG magazine interview “We haven’t seen the last of Solid Snake, despite the fact that I wanted to let him die at the end of Guns of the Patriots”
Today, during the Zone of the Enders HD ReBOOT event in Tokyo, Hideo Kojima shed some light on the Japanese release date for the Zone of the Enders HD collection. It will be invading Japan October 25th, but there’s no news on the release dates for other regions yet. However, the big piece of information that surfaced from the event was that a sequel to the franchise is currently in the works. All we know at this time is that the title is codenamed “Enders Project”, the game is in an early prototyping stage, and that the staff is testing what it can do with the Fox Engine. Kojima mentioned that one of the things they’ve been able to do so far is convert physical models, such as the one below, into three dimensional ones.
How will this new, more organic, look for Orbital Frames fit into the plot?
As a big Zone of the Enders fan, this is a dream come true. It’s been over nine years since the previous installment made it to the states, and a sequel has been far overdue. Plus, I really think Kojima could use a break from the Metal Gear Solid series and revisit some of his other works, or even start working on a new IP. Either way, I’m just stoked this is actually happening.
Fans have been begging for this Kojima classic to make a comeback either with a sequel or an HD port. It looks like their wishes are being granted as the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has rated the game, unintentionally making its existence known to the public. They rated the game 12+ and say that it will come out in the UK on September 1 of this year.
In Zone of the Enders, you piloted a mech across a stage, fighting enemy robots along the way. My only experience with the game was through a demo for the PS2. Unlike other mech games, you had complete control over how you mech flew around. You could shoot at enemies from afar, or come in close for a devastating sword swipe. Besides its unique controls, the game was also known for coming with a demo of the hotly anticipated Metal Gear Solid 2. While most people probably bought the game for that demo, it did make fans for Zone of the Enders. Here’s hoping this HD collection doesn’t suffer the same fate of another collection Konami made recently.
PSM3, a UK magazine that covers Sony’s gaming consoles, states that “MGS maestro Hideo Kojima’s got some big announcements for E3 in June: one a quasi-logical step for an existing game, the other…”
This excerpt only leaves us in suspense, but I’m sure everyone is already wondering which existing game the magazine is talking about. The Electronic Entertainment Expo is one of, if not the biggest, gaming events of the year. If Kojima’s saving these announcements for it, then you know the games are gonna be huge.
Personally, I’m hoping for a new Zone of the Enders game. Come on Kojima, it’s been a long enough wait.