Square wasn’t the only ones getting their announcement grove on at PAX this year. Konami and Hideo Kojima has a special surprise for all the Metal Gear fans this year for its 25 years of existence. Last year Kojima revealed he was working on a brand new, in house graphics engine for Konami titled the FOX Engine. A tech demo titled Project Ogre was shown revealing some pretty sweet looking terrains and open world abilities. At E3 this year it was revealed that the next Pro Evolution Soccer title would be the first game to use the engine. Of course what we were really waiting for was the inevitable MGS game to use and Kojima did not disappoint. Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is coming next year for current gen consoles and it at least looks pretty sweet.
Metal Gear Solid games story may suck 12 inch dick at this point, but Kojima and his team still know how to make a trailer. For Ground Zeroes we get an entirely in game trailer that at first follows Former Team Ninja head director Tomonobu Itagaki in a army uniform enter a base and talk to a prisoner in a cage. He then hands the frail looking fellow a cassette player and proceeds to a helicopter where as it takes off the view switches back down to the cliff on the edge of the base and we see Snake sneaking up over it. He is wearing some weird night vision like goggles which he takes off for a brief period to reveal that it is Big Boss. The Mission involves rescuing characters from Peace Walker meaning that yes, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is a direct sequel to Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. Yay. Better get those HD collections out boys. Still what follows is a brief gameplay tutorial that looks pretty darn neat. Ground Zeroes is an open world stealth game. Not only does snake have to worry about guards and spotlights like normal but he can actually pilot vehicles at will this time. Also pretty cool is the ability to call in a helicopter pick up where you can use it as a sort of hub to take you to different areas of the game. It looks great and sounds like a lot of fun, and certainly a good way to freshen up the series mostly linear gameplay. However I fully expect the story to be a piece of hot garbage, especially if it is a continuation of Peace Walker. Check out the the video on IGN here: