Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes Announced
Hideo Kojima clearly knows what keeps his mansion stocked with hookers and blow, because he announced Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes at a 25th Anniversary event for the Metal Gear series early this morning. Almost all details including plot, release platforms, and release dates are not known at this point, but there are a few hints coming from those that attended the event.
First off, the game is running in the new FOX Engine, which apparently can crank out some bomb ass visuals.
I have to say, MG: Ground Zeroes looked AMAZING. Super happy to see something impressive coming out of Japan, and especially from Kojipro.
— John Ricciardi (@johntv) August 30, 2012
Additionally, the game will be open-world, with Snake doing Snake-like things.
Snake crawled @ avoiding searchlights, killed guard, rode jeep, called in heli for evac. Sounds like MG, but the scale & atmosphere… Wow.
— Mark MacDonald (@markmacd) August 30, 2012
That doesn’t touch on the big mystery — which Snake is it, and what time period will this game take place? Previously Kojima mentioned that he’d like to make a game revolving around Big Boss in World War II, and while it’s possible this is that game, you can see an eyepatch strap under the Sam Fisher-esque headgear that Snake is wearing in the promotional artwork. If it is an actual eyepatch, that means this game takes place after Metal Gear Solid 3.
Of course, Kojima has never needed actual reasons to design his characters however he wants. If he really wants to keep making the love children of Lee Van Cleef and Kurt Russel, he’ll trump up some kind of reason.
It’s also possible that this game will embrace the suggestion made by reader Corey Clarke — “Metal Gear Solid 5: Sunset Retirement Center.” Snake is now dealing with bouts of dementia and PTSD, and you must navigate the metaphorical battlefield of his mind while watching Jeopardy and waiting for your next medication.
At this point I’m more intellectually interested in how they’ll extend the absurdly complicated setting and story of Metal Gear than how the game will actually play — what are you guys curious about?