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Complete coverage from MGS event: Ground Zeroes, movie, more

Thursday, 30th August 2012 06:22 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Kojima productions gave a first look at the next Metal Gear game during the franchise’s 25th anniversary celebrations – Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes.

Press and attendees were forbidden to tweet about it, and especially to take photos, but word leaked out anyway. Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is an open-world game.

“So hot,” said @johntv. “Holy. Fucking. Shit,” added @markmacd.

The presentation began with a cut-scene which moved seamlessly into gameplay without a change in graphics. A unnamed Snake – it’s not clear if it was Big Boss, Solid Snake, or a new character – was shown creeping about dispatching guards and traveling in a jeep. The scene took place at night.

The game was demonstrated on a current-gen PC, and was described as “amazing”.

Other tweets on the matter were hastily deleted. Expect an official announcement and reveal soon.

Metal Gear goes Hollywood
The Metal Gear anniversary event kicked off with a speech from Konami CEO Fumiaki Tanaka, praising Kojima Productions. Attendees spotted former PlayStation lead engineer Ken Kutaragi, Grasshopper Manufacture’s Goichi Suda, Platinum Games leader Atsushi Inaba and ex-Team Ico leader Fumito Ueda in the audience. Hideo Kojima then took the stage and introduced a presentation on the history of the Metal Gear franchise, Kojima Productions, Konami and the Japanese games industry.

After a segment on how Metal Gear debuted the practice of promoting games with teaser and trailers, Kojima made a neat segue to confirm a Metal Gear Solid movie in the works at Columbia Pictures. Avi Arad, producer of The Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Iron Man, is attached to the project.

Arad took to the stage and said Metal Gear’s 25 year history proves it is a “phenomenon”. He said he’s spent years bringing comics to the big screen, making superheroes one of the most popular film genres today, but that video games are the new comic books. He promised to take his time and get the film right, vowed to stay true to the themes of the games, praised Metal Gear Solid as the first interactive movie, and generally baffled a room full of non-English speakers be refusing to get off stage for over eight minutes.

Kojima returned to the stage and expressed his admiration for Columbia pictures, name-dropping Stand by Me and Taxi Driver among other favourite films. Although no director or actors seem to have been signed to the project yet, Kojima mentioned a few of his Hollywood favourites – Christopher Nolan, Hugh Jackman, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

The movie’s existence was signalled before the event began by backgrounds brought out for photographers, as one attendee shared.

Social Ops announced

Image via @johntv.

Following discussion of the film, Kojipro announced Metal Gear Solid: Social Ops, a Unity-based, 3D mobile game from Gree. The project seems to have inspired by the success of Peace Walker, proving that portable Metal Gear games can really work.

The social game will release in Japan in autumn or winter, and will be playable at the Tokyo Games Show.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
The next presentation focused on the upcoming Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. Kojipro displayed an image of a katana on screen, using it as a symbol of Revengence’s new kind of gameplay; it sprang from Metal Gear’s stealth heart, but evolved in a completely different direction.

Although the presentation seems to have been a fair standard showcase for the Platinum Games title, there was some new content: the video shown ended with a female voice saying “hisashiburi da ne” – “it’s been a while” – apparently heralding the return of a known character. Attendees could not settle on who the voice actor used represented, with bets ranging from Rose to Mei Ling to Sunny. A mysterious female silhouette was shown among a series of character profiles, with the name carefully pixellated out.

In the gameplay demo which followed, Raiden was seen taking on a Metal Gear RAY unit. Revengeance is expected on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in February 2013.

Trolling
Franchise producer Ken Imaizumi was next on stage, apparently for the last of the four promised announcements. He presented a new range of Metal Gear-branded merchandise: a Revengeance-themed Seiko watch designed by Shinkawa; a Swarovski Foxhound iPhone case; Uniqlo t-shirts, hoodies and long underwear; action figures; toys; pins; keychains; lunch boxes; phone straps; hats; a soundtrack collection; and a Metal Gear Solid book collection including 800 pages of art and scenario information in a special case.

However, Kojima proved to have been enjoying a bit of a laugh at fans’ expense, as after the supposedly last announcement, he wandered back on stage to give us what we wanted: the promised FOX Engine debut – Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes.

Earlier this week, Kojima Productions promised to shake the industry with the Metal Gear 25th anniversary event. It seems to have been successful.

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13 Comments

  1. KAP

    A film of metal gear solid, Hideo will be in his element.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. JimFear-666

    i wonder if its possible to have a bigger ego than kojima
    also… he is overhyped and the mgs series is complete bullshit overhyped by nerds and basement dwellers.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. manamana

    Finally a movie adaptation of a game title that tried so hard to be a movie.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Dave Cook

    @2 I like the metal gear games. I don’t live in a basement, I just like good games.

    Except the second one, that was crap.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. themadjock

    Surprise Surprise, haters go for the obvious film/game/cut-scene angle. Haven’t you got anything better to do

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Dave Cook

    ‘Ground Zeroes’ My mind’s racing at how Zero might be involved. Will the Boss and Cobra Unit return? I’d love it if they explored their mission to Normandy and other missions.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. osric90

    Go back to your Nintendo, haters. I’m so happy MGS is conquering the world. I’m worried about the movie, but hopefully it will be good. I can imagine a Christopher Nolan MGS movie starring Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman… about the first game. Or maybe something more like Neil Blomkamp’s District 9, a false documentary set in the twisted world of MGS. MGS FOREVER, best thing ever created.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Clupula

    If they’re showing Ground Zeroes on a current PC, I’m guessing it’s a PS4 title.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. KAP

    @6

    I wish and hope he’ll finally drop the zero-patriots story now and move forward like we were all promised from the very end scene of MGS4…

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Joe Musashi

    Been following this event on GAF. What hilarity. (Waves to JimFear).

    Well, a new game got announced less than an hour ago. So we should soon see experts on this new game wading in and telling us what it is / isn’t and how it succeeds / fails. Bonus points for the mention of PC hardware in the reveal.

    Kojima is such a masterfull troll!

    JM

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Fin

    @8

    Yeah, NG for sure.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. diego-rbb-93

    I would like they have in mind the script that David Hayter already wrote years ago for the original movie. But in this industry they probably will take new writers and new script, sending the rest to hell.

    Its a shame for Sony Pictures. Ive been seeing all over the last 10 years how Kojima fought for this project on Sony Pictures managers, and the answer was 70 millions budget and a poor creative independence over the project.

    Of course they found a mine over the Resident Evil movies. Result: Incoherent adaptations. Irregular-nonsense movies.

    I dont know how its doing with Columbia and Avi Arad. What its important for the movie its putting a big budget on the table and some Kojima presence over the movie.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. GwynbleiddiuM

    Hugh Jackman, YES PLEASE…

    #13 2 years ago

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