Yesterday, Konami had a pre-E3 presentation where they revealed a lot of their upcoming projects. You can watch the entire video right here, with more languages available on Konami’s channel:
Pro Evolution Soccer 2014
PES 2014, long-time competitor with EA’s FIFA series, will use a modified version of the Fox Engine. For the first time, the game will feature an exclusive license for the AFC Champions League. The Fox Engine was built (and is currently being worked on) by Kojima Productions, with the goal of making the “best engine in the world.” PES 2014 has been in the making for more than four years. Six key elements will be focused on in the new game: TrueBall Tech, Motion Animation Stability System (M.A.S.S.), Heart (fans and fellow teammates will have an effect on player performance), PES ID (a system that reproduces the style of real soccer players), Team Play, and The Core (general improvements to flow and making the game more realistic). PES 2014 will be available on September 20, 2013.
Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain
The Phantom Pain will also use the Fox Engine. This is the tenth main entry in the Metal Gear series, and this game will be introducing an open world to the series. The game takes place after Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes in the year 1984. The game will be released for PS3 and Xbox 360, and was originally presented as a non-Metal Gear game in order to gauge public reaction to the Fox Engine. We learned yesterday that Kiefer Sutherland will be the voice actor who will portray Big Boss (Snake). Kiefer also portrayed Snake through facial motion capture. This decision has been controversial with the fans due to the replacement of David Hayter, who has voiced the character of Snake since 1998, but series creator Hideo Kojima had this to say:
This time, with Metal Gear Solid V, the themes are a little different from previous games in the series. We’re taking on some very heavy subjects such as race and revenge. I wanted Snake to have a more subdued performance, expressed through subtle facial movements and tone of voice rather than words. Furthermore, the game takes place in 1984, when Snake is forty-nine years old. Therefore, we needed someone who could genuinely convey the facial and vocal qualities of a man in his late forties.
A new trailer will be available on June 12th.
Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection (1987-2012)
This 25th anniversary collection will be released only for the PS3 and includes Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and graphic novels by Ashley Wood. It will be released on July 9th in North America and July 11th in Japan.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 will be released for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC in winter of 2014. It’s being developed by MercurySteam and published by Konami. The plot:
In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, the origin of Dracula and his legendary connection with the Belmonts was revealed. In the sequel, fans can expect thrilling new twists and challenges. In this shocking conclusion to the Lords of Shadow saga, Dracula returns once again, weakened and yearning for release from his immortal bonds. Facing a new and powerful threat, the vampire lord must reacquire his old powers – and only his castle holds the key. However, the famed Belmont clan also seek his ultimate destruction.
That’s it! We’ll be covering E3 all next week, so stay tuned.
I think that Sutherland was a great choice. If they just wanted to get rid of Hayter, they would have simply picked another voice actor. However, based on Kojima’s quote, they dropped him because of the new direction they wanted for the series. I think that choosing Sutherland will win mainstream fans and appease a majority of the loyal fans. Sure, a couple of hardcore fans will still stand by Hayter but that’s only because you can’t please everyone.
Truly, it was sad to hear about him losing the gig without warning after playing Snake for more than a decade but that’s the business.
I’ve never played a MGS game, so my opinion probably means little to nothing here, but from Kojima’s quote and the good humor with which Hayter seems to be taking it on Twitter, I think it’s going to end up all right. Plus, I love Kiefer! :p