Konami Pre-E3 Show 2011

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.

The Games

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

“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.”

Fox Engine

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.”

TAGS: contra, e3, e3 2011, fox engine, hideo kojima, kojima productions, metal gear solid, neverdead, silent hill, transfarring, zone of the enders

7 Comments

  1. Otto says:

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  2. marki says:

    Great post :-D wish I could watch videos.. I really need a pc lol..

    Its really annoying they didn’t include mgs1 like one of you said they made a great version of it on gamecube.. and maybe that’s it? Maybe nintendo own the rights to mgs1 now? Anyway mgs2 is my all time favourite, I want s full remake with new graphics and better controls dunno if that’s what they’re doing?

    Ruki, peacewalker is incredible! Lol.. and in true hideo style the game isn’t finished after the credits.. you have to keep playing and then you fight the true boss.. awesome cakes :-D

    As for square enix.. I’ve never played kingdom hearts so I’d love a collection.. and they seriously are remaking ff7?

    • Rukishou says:

      The remakes are made for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 play, so the UI will be redesigned and the controls will be tweaked to fit the dual stick type controller. The games will also support full 1080p high definition.

      Kingdom Hearts may seem lame and stupid with all the Disney characters crammed in there, but it’s actually a really good series and the story is pretty good, albeit a bit confusing to many. Even if a remake collection isn’t released any time soon I think you should give the games a chance, especially the two main games.

      No I don’t think they are actually making a Final Fantasy VII remake, but there has been a lot of rumors about it. I think Square Enix has already confirmed that they do not have any current plans for a remake, but rumors keep flooding the web, as is how the internet tend to do things. :P

  3. SakuRedux says:

    Nice post Ruki! Can’t wait for the MGS collection although the omission of MGS1 is a bit puzzling, especially considering the Gamecube remake way back when would put it on par with MGS2 for port-ability. The “transfarring” sounds pretty good as well, except for the goofy name.

    Have Squenix had their pre-E3 show yet? Sort of hoping they do a Kingdom Hearts HD Collection after seeing this. KH, KHII, BBS, 358, CoM etc., all Final Mix versions obviously :3

    • Rukishou says:

      I don’t know the logic behind not including the first Metal Gear Solid game (it seems they didn’t include the first Silent Hill game in that HD Collection either, only Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3), might be some legal issues, I guess… Though that doesn’t really make sense.

      I don’t know anything about a Square Enix pre-E3 show to be honest (not saying there isn’t one, I just don’t know anything about it) but a full HD remake collection, even if it were not the Final Mix versions (though that would be preferable obviously), would be so awesome! But I wouldn’t get my hopes up… :(

      • SakuRedux says:

        I’m gonna be getting the collection anyway, even without MGS1. I’d love for there to be some sort of cross-game reward system, sort of like the Metroid Prime Trilogy. Extra costumes and stuff to use in the other games when you complete one, stuff like that. I just hope they don’t change the core gameplay of MGS2 to suit the MGS4 engine. The enclosed corridors had a different style of play to the quasi-openness of 3+4.

        As far as the KH thing goes, it’s about as possible for an announcement as the Final Fantasy VII remake, or Kingdom Hearts 3. If they do announce KH3 though, the collection would be a brilliant idea for people who need to catch up on the admittedly confusing storyline. My problem is I need to play them, but I can’t get into the gameplay of KH2 since I played BBS :(

        • Rukishou says:

          I’ll be getting both the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection and the Zone of the Enders HD Collection when they come out. I already own the PS1 edition of Metal Gear Solid (bought it on the PlayStation Store a while back, have yet to actually play it) so I can deal with it not being included. I also refrained from getting Peace Walker which turned out to be a good thing since I won’t be using “Transfarring” anyway.

          Out of the ones you mentioned Kingdom Hearts 3 is probably the most likely game to be announced (I mean, it has to come out eventually, right?) I’m pretty sure the Final Fantasy VII remake has been confirmed as just being rumors and though a Kingdom Hearts collection would be awesome it just isn’t very likely, I think. At least not a complete one, and even if it does come out it’s not unlikely that it would be limited to Japan…

          I played Kingdom Hearts first immediately followed by Kingdom Hearts 2, then all the sequels (except Chain of Memories or the DS remake of it). The “real” games are among the best I’ve ever played for various reasons, but the sequels I never did enjoy as much. 358/2 Days I couldn’t play because of the terrible graphics and controls the DS presented and Birth by Sleep…

          Actually I was going to finish Birth by Sleep, but if I put down my PSP for a week or so I don’t use it again for like a year. :P

          (tl;dr Yeah, I agree. XD)

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