If it’s pained you to see only rumors of a new Metal Gear game on the horizon, Konami’s got a bit of news that will chase the phantoms of hopelessness away. Granted, it won’t stop our bad jokes, nor franchise fans from thinking of two words from that opening sentence. Konami today took the wraps off of Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain, which is scheduled to release for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 (PS3).
Kojima Productions unveiled the game with a new trailer at this year’s Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. You can watch the trailer on the Metal Gear Solid website.
The Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain trailer appears to show the fall of Mother Base and provides some clues about a connection between Ground Zeroes and this new title. The Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain trailer also showcases how the new game engine, called the FOX Engine, will transition between CG cutscenes and actual gameplay, something long sought by MGS fans tired of sitting through gorgeous cutscenes and, shall we say, less-than-gorgeous graphics at times. Now if only Konami would do something about the frequency of cutscenes in general….
“Following the success of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, we have extremely high expectations for Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain,” said Tomoyuki Tsuboi, President of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. “We hope to expand and revolutionize the Metal Gear Solid franchise utilizing the FOX Engine, while providing fans the high-quality and immersive experience they have come to expect from Kojima Productions.”