Rumors of what industry legend Hideo Kojima would finally announce leading up to Metal Gear 25th Anniversary Event in Tokyo ranged from mild to absolutely bonkers, and it seemed as if whatever the man had to say wouldn’t be able to live up to the fans’ hype. And then, Kojima demoed a new, open-world Metal Gear game running on the Fox Engine, and the world’s collective jaw dropped.
Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is the latest chapter in Kojima Productions’ famed franchise. Running on the team’s latest engine, Ground Zeroes will be the first title in the franchise to break the linear mold and become a more open, free-roaming adventure. Real-time cutscenes were also said to be present in the snippet of gameplay, which ran on a modern PC. Konami has placed some serious restrictions on the game, so for now, we can at least give you this image.
The demo was said to take place at a base during a rainy night. Snake apparently called in a chopper at one point, as well as drove a jeep, so expect plenty of interesting ways to see the full scope of the world.
Other things that can be gleaned from this? There’s no way Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes will be a current-gen game. It ran on a high-end PC at the event, so expect Snake’s next adventure a little after the launch of the new consoles. Also, the game looks to be another prequel (since Snake is not, well, old and gray), but the actual year it takes place in is still unknown. For now, we’re really left with more questions than anything else.
Guys, we now have a new Metal Gear game. If you’re a fan, how excited are you to give this a try? If you don’t like the series, you should probably just have better tastes. Let us know what you think in either the comments or our forums!