Thursday, August 30, 2012

Metal Gear 25th Anniversary! Lunch Boxes, key chains and Metal Gear Ground 5ero!

The Metal Gear franchise celebrated it's 25th anniversary last night in Japan with announcements from Metal Gear merchandise (lunch boxes!!!) to M.G.S Social Ops to Avi Arad announcing he's producing the long time rumored Metal Gear Solid movie....he's got a decent track record so I'll follow the movie's development.

But the "industry shaker" came when Kojima showcased the Fox engine with Metal Gear: Ground Zero!

The scene starts in a remote military base with heavy rain. The camera is following a shadowy figure in a business suit and hat accompanied by a number of well-armed soldiers and guard dogs as he converses with a little boy in a cage. He throws a portable music player after some dialogue and the boy proceeded to use it. The rest of the scene was playing "Here's To You" from the film "Sacco e Vanzetti" (also on Metal Gear Solid 4) as the man in a coat rides off to an airfield before taking off on a helicopter to an undisclosed location. Before erasing the "XOF" emblem off of the helicopter, he took out his hat and speaks about what transpired in very vague words. His face and head was all burned-up and scarred with no hair; at this point in time, we have no idea who he is. He proceeded to toss away all a stash of mini "XOF" emblems as he flew off with the rest of the soldiers.
Series creator Hideo Kojima then took centrestage and showed off the title's gameplay for a few minutes. We see Snake do what he does best: go in a prone state and sneak around (no Octocam this time; just old-fashioned crawling and hiding), as well as going into aiming mode in third person shooting a nearby guard at a security post. We should also mention that the demo gave out a sandbox open-world vibe; the military base itself felt expansive and huge, and Snake can summon a helicopter to bring him around as well as drive a jeep to go from point A to B. Kojima did state that he wishes to add a new spin to the stealth genre; even when you're discovered, you can use all the means and tools to escape rather than see a "game over" screen.
The subtitle Ground 5ero (see what I did there) leads me to believe this may actually be a brand new storyline or perhaps a retcon of the original Metal Gear. Too soon to tell, can't wait to see the footage from MG:G0!

John Ricciardi ‏@johntvWell other ppl talking about it MG shown, and it looks F'ing HOT. Metal Gear: Ground Zeroes #foxengine #mgs25 #openworld #want 

@markmacd 12:09 AMSnake crawled @ avoiding searchlights, killed guard, rode jeep, called in heli for evac. Sounds like MG, but the scale & atmosphere... Wow.

@kazamatsuri 12:08 AMMetal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes demo was truly amazing, running on a PC at current-gen specs. Wow. #mg25

@markmacdDemo of "Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes", started w cutscene (all realtime), went into gameplay, open world, night, raining, base. AMAZING
@ItCameFromJapan 12:55 AMSorry for the delayed tweet - distracted by the wine. #MGS Ground Zeroes on Fox Engine - rich detail, open world, and Old Snake is back!

                                              SNAKE IS BACK!!!

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