What’s good, everyone? Joshua Evo and Jessica Valentine here with a special news update from the Konami Gamers Night 2012 event. TGS has come and gone and with it came a whole slew of news and updates from Konami, a lot of which was recapped at this event, with just enough room for some special surprises. Additionally, there were numerous playable demos available for press and attendees to check out and we’re happy to say that Konami did not disappoint. We’re going to go through a few of the major highlights of the night and touch on as much of the facts as we can. We’ll start with one what is arguably Konami’s flagship title.
President of KDE-US, Tomoyuki Tsuboi took the stage to talk about the 25th Anniversary of the Metal Gear franchise. He touched on how Konami has commemorated the milestone with the release of the Metal Gear Solid HD collection and the announcements of Metal Gear Solid: Social Ops to be released on social gaming platforms, the Metal Gear Solid feature film, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, the prologue to Hideo Kojima’s next MGS project and the opening of a new Kojima studio based out of Southern California.
Undoubtedly though, the biggest MGS news revolved around the upcoming joint Kojima Studios and Platinum Games release, Metal Gear Solid Rising: The presentation began with the showing of an extended trailer, complete with game play. Konami then announced the MGSR:R Collector’s Edition which includes the game, a soundtrack, special packaging and most interesting of all, a plasma lamp with a partial replica of Raiden’s signature high-frequency sword.
A playable demo was available for attendees to get their hands on. If you have played any of Platinum’s other big titles like Bayonetta or Vanquish, then MGSR:R will feel very familiar to you. It’s got the same fast-paced, over the top, quick reflex action as those games while still retaining the character of Raiden that Kojima created along with a few other familiar sights to MGS4 players.
Metal Gear Solid Rising: Revengeance is scheduled to be released on February 19, 2013. I personally am all over this game.
Zone of the Enders
OK so you all should know by now that your dear editor, is a HUGE fan of this series and Konami most definitely did NOT disappoint. Brand Manager Keith Vlaming took the stage for the ZoE presentation and began with a little bit of history of the series and confirmed that the ZoE HD collection would be released on October 30, 2012 for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles at a price point of $39.99. In addition to the overhauled graphics and sound, a new opening cinematic created by Hideo Kojima was added to the game. Another interesting bit of news is that the version of ZoE: The 2nd Runner that is included on the HD Collection is NOT the previous U.S. release but rather the European released Special Edition which is said to contain “new missions, new difficulty levels and much more.” The big announcement however, was the confirmation of a ZoE: HD Collector’s Edition here in the U.S. If you all remember my previous ZoE news-round up, I speculated on what would be included in the Collector’s Edition based on comments made by Hideo Kojima on his Twitter and I turned out to be right.
The ZoE: HD Collector’s Edition comes with the game, an exclusive soundtrack that includes remixed tracks of the ZoE music as well as a world exclusive, 100-page artbook which includes art from renowned artist, Yoji Shinkawa. A price point was not set announced but it’s a safe bet that it’s probably around the $50 – $60 range. Additionally, it was confirmed that every copy of the ZoE: HD Collection would come with a consumer demo of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance in the same manner that the original Zone of the Enders game came with a Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty demo almost 12 years ago.
As with MGSR:R, ZoE HD had a playable demo on hand that I of COURSE had to check out. I’m happy to report that the game feels just as fans remember it and looks and sounds absolutely phenomenal. I look forward to picking it up and seeing the the new version of ZoE: The 2nd Runner has to offer.
And on to the next! Hello everybody. As some of you may know coming up there are two additions to the Silent Hill family coming shortly. The first of which is the new Playstation Vita exclusive Silent Hill: Book of Memories releasing on October 16, 2012. This marks the first time that the franchise will come to a handheld system. I am happy to report that I did manage to get some time with the game, only about 10 minutes but just enough to get a first impression.
At first looking at Konami’s Silent Hill: Book of Memories, the game looks like what one would expect on a handheld system. Smaller sprites the graphics aren’t spectacular, etc… To me this takes away from the game as it doesn’t really bring the signature atmosphere that I feel was key to it’s console predecessors. Again smaller screen less to work with, it’s expected. However, I didn’t get to any cut-scenes and didn’t even start from the beginning of the game, so my assessment could be off.
Moving onward, there are several features that have gotten me definitely interested in the game. The first is character customization, I am a total nerd for character customization, I like changing outfits and hair, I guess this is my version of barbie dolls. But you have to admit it’s way cooler than Barbie dolls! Anyway… I also am excited for the 4-Player co-op feature. Now if only I owned a Vita and knew three other people that have one. Oh well, I will cross that bridge when I come to it.
There is one last feature that was unveiled last evening, and to be honest, is probably the feature that is making me seriously consider getting this game. That feature is…. wait for it…endless gameplay. Silent Hill: Book of Memories will generate new and unique dungeons as long as you desire to play the game. This coupled with several endings makes the replay value of this game potentially off the charts.
Konami also announced that Silent Hill would be coming to Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights. Personally I love stuff like this, Halloween, Video Games, what else can a girl dream for? If I lived in Southern California or in the Orlando area of Flordia, there is no doubt in my mind that I would go to this attraction.
Speaking of Halloween….
…or near it for that matter, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, the second installment of the movie franchise hits theaters on October 26th. Adelaide Clemens, who plays “Heather Mason” was on-site to talk about her role and show a trailer to the upcoming flick. She seemed nice, though she did admit she was not a gamer.
To sum up, Silent Hill: Book of Memories for the Vita hits shelves on October 16th. Ten short days later, the new movie starring Adelaide Clemens, Sean Bean, and Kit Harington hits theaters. October is going to be one busy month.
Additional News Notes and Wrap Up
Konami also touched on the release of Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 and some new release plans for the various social gaming platforms.Specifically a U.S. Release of their successful social game Dragon Collection in the Fall of 2012. They also showed a slide that showcased several other upcoming titles including Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate for the Nintendo 3DS, scheduled for an early 2013 release.
Konami definitely has a lot in the pipe for the remainder of 2012 and is has a very strong showing going into 2013, as this event showed. On a personal note, I had a great time meeting several media personnel and would like to extend a thanks to Konami for allowing Disk Read Error to be a part of this event. All in all, it was a blast and I’m terribly excited for what they’ve got in store for us. (SECONDED!!!!!)
— Evo out.
-Jessica “Up, Up, Down Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start” I’m Out!-