Hideo Kojima may not be at E3, but he has graced us denizens with a bran-spankin'-new bit of eye candy. Today we got a glimpse of the "Fox Engine" -- the latest bit of sorcery pulled straight from Hideo Kojima's personal Necromonicon -- shown an interview conducted by former 1up editor Mark MacDonald. Kojima was notably mum on the details of his new project, but stated that Kojima Productions aims "To go more global [...] paving the road to go multi-platform for future titles." What was shown looks very impressive indeed, and with the pixelicious heap of pretty that was MGS4, I'm more than curious to see what Uncle Hideo has in store for us kiddies. 1up has an extended version of the interview their site (stubbornly, there is no option to embed the video), which showcases some concept art from Metal Gear Solid: Rising, and finishing with an apology from Mr. Kojima over his absence from E3 2011, but that he looks forward to attending next year's festivities.
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While Kojima & Co. crack away at a new title, gamers can enjoy some PS2 era goodness with the Konami HD collection. Metal Gear 2 and 3 will be included, as well as Zone of the Enders 1 and 2 - Silent Hill 2 and 3 also make appearances. Conspicuously absent from the list is the original Metal Gear Solid; no explanation was given - In an ideal world, such releases would be able to called a "Collection" only on the condition that it also bears the words "... sort of" like a scarlet letter - though on the plus side, the games will be available for both PS3 and Xbox 360. While it's easy to be cynical about HD re-releases, at least they are solid titles - no pun intended. I've never played Zone of the Enders, but the Metal Gear series is absolutely top notch, standing out as a highlight in my gaming life with its stellar production, engaging storyline (MGS3 in particular has one of my all-time favorite endings), and cinematic style, showing that video games could transcend their humble, button-mashing origins.
Speaking of MGS3 (all aboard the segue train), the E3 season has gifted us with a trailer for it's upcoming 3DS incarnation. The graphics certainly look up to snuff, but far more interesting is the application of the 3DS's hardware features for enhanced gameplay, using the touch screen to display the map, as well as for inventory management - the latter addresses one of my major complaints with console titles quite nicely - as well as a couple other surprises that I won't spoil. It's nice to see that the game won't be a mindless port, and provided they don't utterly bungle the transition to 3D (for those inclined to use the function), it should be a worthwhile purchase.
While it's disappointing that we won't be seeing any new MGS this year (Rising is slated for 2012), the coming releases will give us all something to bide the time. Yes, they are mainly re-releases, and sure, it's fundamentally obnoxious to milk old glories for all they're worth, but at the very least it's something.