Well it has been one hell of a busy day in the world of Metal Gear. Enviously I looked on towards Japan, this morning news came from Tokyo at the big 25th anniversary evet, which before had promised to have “Industry shattering” announcements. Well the event did not disappoint with 3 big, big announcement made!
Lets start small,
Metal Gear Solid: Social Ops
Social Ops is a new smart phone game, it will be fully 3D and allow player to relive past battles and stories from the series. I may be reading the news completely wrong here, but the game looks to use a card system to help with the battles, perhaps similar to the Metal Gear Acid series; or it could just be used for setting up the battles themselves. Given the name of the game, I would not be surprised to see online connectivity (such as trading and battles) being the main features for the title. Now everything so far talked about the game, looks pretty cool. But, after the huge disappointment of the last metal gear mobile game “Metal Gear Solid touch” I am a little wary about the game. But as I can only look at the little information that is currently available, I am hopeful that this could be a great little game for the series.
Metal Gear Solid the Movie
Yes, I know this was announced years ago. That project went nowhere and but now at the 25th event anniversary the project has been restarted. This time with long time marvel comic film adapter Avi Arad set to produce the film. To say that I’m a little worried about this would be an understatement, Hollywood long history of video game adaptations hasn’t be great to say the least. Metal Gear’s cinematic nature means that it will lead itself to a film adaptation much more than say… pacman but that only doesn’t mean anything where Hollywood is concerned. Now there is always the chance that the series could get the movie it deserved, I won’t however be holding my breath. That is if the project even gets off the ground first.
And now the biggest announcement….
Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeros
Even without having the number, many people will be classing this title as the big ‘5’. Nearly nothing is known of the title; a video was shown at the event, though has yet to be leaked to the public. What little we do know is, that the title will be using the newly developed fox engine, it will be out on PC, PS3 and xbox360 (perhaps the next generation consoles too?) and the title will be open world. There is no date set ye…… wait back up a moment. Open world? Yep, it looks like this new title will be Metal Gear’s first open world title. It is an interesting turn of direction for the series – but is no more drastic than next year’s hack n’ slash game Metal Gear Rising. It will be interested to see how it will work but as it seems that stealth will still play a large part of the game, I’m going to allow my excitement build to levels last seen before MGS4.
So it looks like after 25 years of Metal Gear the franchise is still alive and kicking, and in fact is looking stronger than ever.