Konami Talk Snakes At TGS

Konami of Europe today unveiled further information on three new Kojima Production titles being displayed at the Tokyo Game Show for the first time.

A new Konami development force, Kojima Productions is named after and headed up by Hideo Kojima, creator of the Metal Gear Solid and Boktai series. The team is using the September 16th-18th event to show the first footage of the already eagerly awaited Metal Gear Solid 4 for PlayStation 3, and new additions to the forthcoming Metal Gear Solid 3 Subsistence for PlayStation 2 and Metal Gear Acid 2 for Sony’s PSP.

Metal Gear Solid 4

Following Kojima’s comments that the fourth Metal Gear would be set after the events of Sons of Liberty, he is using TGS to show a nine-minute trailer featuring the first actual game footage from the PlayStation 3 title. Metal Gear Solid 4 sees Kojima Productions taking on the task of ‘creating inner qualities.’

The inner aspect is unseen and establishes the presence only through time and the volition of the player,” explains Kojima. “This will pave the way forward to a revolutionary change that will lead us away from past concepts based on ‘realism’ as we move towards the ‘natural’.” For the new game, series hero Solid Snake moves into a battlefield scenario, which will bring many new challenges in the harshest of infiltration missions. The drama and chaos of the battlefield, as well as questions of who to trust in war, will set the scene for a new era in the Metal Gear Solid series.

Metal Gear Solid 3 Subsistence

With its new roaming camera system, online play and a wealth of additional extras, Metal Gear Solid 3 Subsistence is a Metal Gear fan’s dream come true. The new game is available to play for the first time, with the Konami stand showcasing the online elements with a series of networked tournaments. The new online mode marks the first time the series’ stealth gameplay has been available to network users. Players can choose one of several well-known characters to control in Death Matches, Versus modes and ‘Capture the Flag’ scenarios, which are played out in stages lifted from Metal Gear Solid 3. The Graniny Gorki Lab, Svyatogrnyj East location and Krasnogorje Mountain feature alongside all-new locations, as player use their stealth skills against like-minded online adversaries. Kojima Productions is also using TGS to showcase Metal Gear Solid 3 Subsistence’s additional game modes. The ‘Snake Versus Monkey’ mini-game returns in an expanded form, while identical conversions of the MSX versions of Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2 Solid Snake are included.

Metal Gear Acid 2

Following the phenomenal success of Metal Gear Acid as a PSPlaunch title, Kojima Productions is delighted to show the many additions to its sequel. Leading the line are new characters Venus, Vince and Chaigidiel. Venus is a new heroine who works alongside Snake in the game, while Vince and Chaigidiel are on their trail. Vince is a security guard for Strate-Logic, the company Snake is charged with infiltrating, while Chaigidiel is a new boss creature, capable of walking on ceilings and vertical surfaces. Metal Gear Ac!d 2 also benefits from a brighter new colour scheme and 3D play area, while Kojima Productions is also showing off the new ‘Arena’ mode that allows for link battles and specific challenges. Also on show will be a unique add-on – the provisionally-named SOL!D EYE TOBIAC!D – which clicks on to the front of the Sony handheld and adds a 3D perspective to the action. Several units are playable on the Konami stand, and it is planned to launch the add-on with the game when it is released.