Yesterday, Konami live-streamed their pre-E3 press event on their official website. I was late getting home to watch it and Twitter was already abuzz with some of the more exciting announcements. Thankfully, Konami still has the whole event available to view on their site here.
The event was something of a Kojima sandwich, with the first and last announcements pertaining to his current projects. First up was a rather impressive trailer for Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3DS:
I have a hard time getting into all this 3D stuff, but this trailer had me interested at how the various features of the 3DS are utilized. For instance, new cinematics take advantage of the 3D effects — yeah, that’s a given, but there is more. Crossing bridges and climbing trees in the game will make use of the 3DS internal gyroscope, requiring the player to steady themselves just like Snake. If you happen to frequent public transportation this could pertain to you… Save before you get on the F train ’cause a sudden lurch could drop Snake right into the mouth of a hungry water-gator. The player may also take photos using the 3DS and convert that photo into camo for Snake. (In before testicle camouflage! Come on, we all know it’s gonna happen.)
Then there was some stuff about a soccer game. Yawn. Next was a trailer for a game called Never Dead. BRB need a beverage. ZzZzz.
Next, the creator of the Silent Hill series appeared to announce an HD Silent Hill collection containing both Silent Hill 2 and 3. This is great news for me, as I was planning on playing all the Silent Hills in the series this year. No word at this time as to what systems the collection will support, but I would guess both PS3 and Xbox 360.
The release of Silent Hill: Downpour has been pushed back from from fall to winter. To tide fans over until then, a new trailer was released:
Finally, an NPG exclusive Silent Hill title was revealed: Silent Hill: Book of Memories. Nothing concrete has come out about this title, other than it will be released sometime after the HD collection.
Kojima was back to complete the sandwich with the announcement of a new way to game, called Transfarring:
Yup. We all knew it would happen: Kojima has become drunk with his own power and is now making up words. It’s only a matter of time until he’s naked, living in a movie theater and consuming nothing but candy bars and milk.
So what is Transfarring? It’s a system Kojima has invented which allows players to manually sync their saves between the PS2 and PSP versions of certain titles. Which titles, you ask? The flagship of Kojima’s Transfarring feature is an HD collection of Metal Gear Soild titles, including Metal Gear Solid 2,3, and Peace Walker. All of which will support Kojima’s Transfarring feature. It was also announced that this collection will be released for both PS3 and Xbox 360. Obviously Xbox 360 owners will not be able to take advantage of the benefits of Transfarring.
Unlike the Silent Hill collections, a good amount of info was detailed concerning the Metal Gear Solid collection:
Kojima also tweeted shortly after the event that these titles all have 60 FPS, in case that wasn’t already obvious. Also, the same team who developed the God of War HD collection will be producing this collection as well.
If that wasn’t exciting enough, Kojima closed by giving us a look at his new Fox engine:
The backgrounds and lighting effects are nothing short of luscious. I also couldn’t help but look at this brief clip and think of Metal Gear Solid, specifically Snake Eater which took place in a similarly forested environment. As a huge fan of the series, it’s easy to let my imagination concoct a new Metal Gear title that this engine will support, but hopefully we can expect something at this year’s Tokyo Game Show. At the very least, we can have high expectations for next year (July 7, 2012), which is the 25th anniversary of Metal Gear. It looks like Kojima is already gearing up for something…
Konami’s pre-E3 event certainly was not a disappointment, unless you were expecting a new Metal Gear title. Their lineup is rather heavy on ports and HD collections, but as all of these games are classics worth revisiting, I have no complaints in the matter. Konami has already given a strong start to E3 — here’s hoping the coming weeks are just as exciting.