Did you know Konami had a pre-E3 event half a day ago? I watched it and they talked about some pretty cool stuff. I was going to write about it yesterday right after the show but it was past midnight and I was tired so instead of writing a low quality post then just to get it over with I will do it now. Besides, I already wrote and published another post yesterday.
I’ll level with you, until yesterday I was thinking whether Konami was really that relevant anymore except for possible future Metal Gear Solid games. That was before I realized all these games were actually Konami games. In other words, I’ll be paying a lot more attention to Konami from now on.
Although they did not announce a heap of new games, they did talk about PES 2012, NeverDead, Silent Hill: Downpour and if I remember correctly a Silent Hill HD remake. I’m not at all into sports games and I never did get into the Silent Hill franchise, however NeverDead got me really interested. I had heard of the game before but I never knew I wanted it until last night (which is when the show streamed in my time zone).
Now for the awesome stuff. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (not the 3DS remake, there’s a “3D” somewhere in that title), and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. What do these games have in common besides being Metal Gear Solid games? They’re all being remade in HD for the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360–yes, for the Xbox 360 also!
These remakes will be bundled together in the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection set to be released in November this year and they will feature new trophies and achievements respectively and compatibility with the new “Transfarring” system (more on that later).
And now for the really awesome stuff! Another “HD Collection” is coming in 2012 and the games in this bundle will be–take off your hat now because you will not be able to hold onto it–Zone of the Enders! Remade in HD quality for the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. This is amazing news indeed, but don’t forget to breath now because there is more!
“Transfarring” is the name of a new save file transfer service that will let you continue your game of say, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, on the go by transferring your save on the PlayStation 3 version of Peace Walker (which, remember, will be released with the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection) to your PlayStation Portable, something called “Transfarring out” by Hideo Kojima, and vice versa by “Transfarring in” to your home PS3 system. When you transfer your save file it is not removed from the PS3 or the PSP but it is locked so it cannot be altered by your nosy little brother while you’re out playing on your way to school. (Why doesn’t your little brother go to school?)
As Hideo Kojima puts it, “Transfarring” between PlayStation 3 and PSP is only the first step. The second step will include the upcoming NGP (rumored to be officially revealed as the “PS Vita” at Sony’s E3 press conference) and even the old PlayStation 2 with the third step focusing on the PS3 and the NGP/PS Vita and any future game by Kojima Productions.
There seem to be no plans for Xbox 360 or any form of cross-platform “Transfarring.”
You heard me (well, you read what I wrote), Kojima Productions is developing a new multi-platform game engine called the “Fox Engine.” Not a lot is really known about this engine except that their next project will be built with it, but it didn’t really fit in when talking about new games and “Transfarring.” Click on the thumbnails below to view some pictures.
And if you’ve got the time here is a video of Hideo Kojima on the Fox Engine.
At the end of the show a fire ball flying across a black empty screen eventually settled down to form the shape of the letter C, looking suspiciously similar to the C in the Contra logo. The tagline says “THEY’RE COMING.”