A new Metal Gear Solid
is on the way.
And while approximately 50% of you could not give the tiny ass of a scruffy rat, the remaining half will froth at the mouth with anticipation. I can be sure of this as I’m typing with a napkin plastered to my face!
But in my defence... THIS
and Kojima Productions
have reteamed to gift us with Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes
. Craving some knowledge? Good, because I’ve got a data bomb to drop and it’s about to go off!Question - I’m guessing that’s not Unreal?
- It is in its arse!
Behold the new FOX ENGINE
in all its dripping majesty. Built gradually since MGS4
’s release back in 2008, it was designed with the goal of shorter, easier, multi-platform development cycles for Kojima Productions
. Applicable for the current generation of home consoles but scalable for the next, you MIGHT
have noticed that it’s something of a looker, transitioning from in-engine cut-scene to gameplay with nary a seam.
Sticklers for details have doubtless already tagged the moisture effects, ambient lighting, flapping fabric, terrain textures, cast shadows and impossible character detail.
Kojo is understandably excited about his (hopefully) world beating new invention, sharing at PAX
“The thing is, once we get the Fox engine moving as we do now. You can make an FPS, you can make an Uncharted, etc. But what I wanted to do is make an open-world game, and that’s what I’m doing now.”Question - What classification of Snake are we looking at? Solid? Liquid? Naked?Answer
- This Snake
is as nude as they come! Apart from all those clothes, which are more reminiscent of Peace Walker’s Big Boss
than his younger, distinctly nakeder self in Snake Eater
Given the nods to the former’s Paz
, the prominent MSF
logo, the Fox
insignia on his shoulder and the general age of his face, it’s a safe bet that you’ll be controlling legendary soldier Big Boss
once Ground Zeroes
makes its impact.
Or will you? Take a second glance at this promotional still. Beard and face looking a lot less haggard and grey, right?
Big Boss - Spokesperson for Just For Men Enlarge
Is it possible Snake
the Younger and Snake
the Elder may both feature? Parallel narratives? Alternate universes? Time travel? Would YOU put it past Kojo?
Finally, the question remains as to whether iconic voice actor David Hayter
will make a return. While the very notion of making a MGS
without him seems incompatible with the human brain, the fact is (given this telling screen grab) Ground Zeroes
’ Big Boss
closely resembles MGS4
’s, which in turn was voiced by Richard Doyle
Coincidence? Might well be.
But when was the last time this convoluted franchise did coincidence, answer me that!Question – So we know what it are, tell us what it aint?Answer
- Well, it aint Project Ogre
And quite frankly, Kojima
is sick of telling you lot this!
A recent twitter, "While I am happy to know people liked "MGS Ground Zeroes", I'm sick & tired of people keep asking me like "is that project Ogre?" here in Seattle everyday,"... "Project Ogre is what the project that Ogre appears. Ogre does not appear in "MGS Ground Zeroes" trailer."
So join me, if you will, in a sizeable step back from that issue.
More notably, Ground Zeroes
IS NOT Metal Gear Solid 5!
If anything it’s a prologue. Meaning an ETA for the fifth numbered title is anyone’s guess. But as for Kojima’s level of commitment to this project? Well,
"“One thing I want to make clear is that Ground Zeroes is something I’m making myself. I want to make it clear that Snake is outlet that he's taking a hands-on role in the development of the game. I'm putting all my effort into it... Snake is back, but I'm back too."
Finally this is (obviously) NOT the next instalment in the Zone of the Enders
franchise. But Enders fans can rest assured work on this has reached the early prototyping phase and its being developed with, you guessed it, the FOX ENGINE
.Question - What are the chances I’ll get to play this on the home console I shelled out over €300 for only a few years ago?Answer
- Pretty good actually.
Though reputably capable of up-scaling on next gen systems, MGS
: Ground Zeroes
is expected to drop for current generation consoles. I advise taking this with a pinch of salt, as I would with every title this BEAUTIFUL
with no clear release window.
Do good things comes in Xbox360 packages??? Enlarge
I’m not saying it won’t happen. Kojima
productions insist the PC
used for the PAX
demo shared the PS3
’s specs and employed the 360
Yet with Ground Zeroes
only recently announced, and Platinum’s Revengeance
cutting it up February of next year, I wouldn’t count on enjoying Snake’s
latest mischief for another 18 months. At least.Question – Open World eh? What are we talking? Sleeping Snakes? Grand Theft Kojima?Answer
– In true Metal Gear
fashion, there’s one part gameplay to two parts narrative, even in this demo. But the lingering impression is one of linear design yet with expansive level hubs i.e. the recent (brilliant) Deus Ex
The sequence concerns a hideously scarred man with a profound connection to the Fox emblem. Given the game’s title and his condition throughout MGS4’s finale,
many speculate this burned man could be Snake Eater’s Major Zero
. But it is worth remembering FOXHOUND
champion Frank Jaeger wasn’t the prettiest mug in the cupboard neither!Peace Walker’s Chico
seems all tied up again, giving up his comrades for a walkman and a breezy tune. Evidently, he didn’t learn much from Snake’s
litany of inspiring speeches.
And then Snake
makes with the crawling!Kojima
could scarcely improve on MGS4’s flawless control scheme- slithering, crouched running, shoulder swapping targeting. And so, it seems he hasn’t! Big Boss
does play with some cycloptic green binoculars and a space age GPS here though. It’s also worth noting he carries a single weapon, strapped to his shoulder, rather than his usual magic pockets!
Vehicle hijacking, a series first and open world staple, makes its debut as does the ability to chuck down a flair, resulting in an outrageously armed chopper drifting down. Snake
climbs aboard, mopping beads of rainwater from his brow. Presumably this helicopter acts as a level hub, transporting Snake
between various locales and objectives.
Oh and it announces itself by blaring Ride of the Valkyries
. Because that’s all stealthy like!
Low profile... apart from all of it, we guess... Enlarge
We all have more questions. And save spamming Hideo Kojima’s Twitter
, for now, they’ll have to go unanswered. But the main one, the big one, the question that sat so heavy on our hearts for years has finally been answered.
‘Will we ever see Snake
I’m going to go with yes.