If you saw your gamer friend spewing "OMG, OMG, OMG" all over Facebook this week, chances are he had just seen this trailer:
Yup, there is a new Metal Gear Solid game, everyone. It's called Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, and the debut trailer above (it was released earlier this week at the Penny Arcade Expo held in Seattle) provided us our first glimpse. And also, a whole lot of questions. Metal Gear Solid trailers just love doing that, don't they?
Information is scarce so far, but here's what we do know:
1) The game is not running on next-gen hardware.
Series creator and producer Hideo Kojima reveals that while the clip they showed was running on PC hardware, we will indeed be getting this game for the PS3 and Xbox 360. The footage, a mix of in-game real-time cutscenes and actual gameplay, is stunning enough that more than a few gamers were surprised that they won't have to pick up a PS4 or maybe an Xbox 720 for the said game.
2) The force is strong with the Fox game engine
Ground Zeroes runs on Kojima's proprietary Fox Engine, the development of which began shortly after the completion of Metal Gear Solid 4. Their intent: to create "the best engine in the world," one that allowed them to develop multiplatform games quicker. If by "best" they meant squeezing every ounce of processing power from current consoles to provide unparalleled realism, then they most likely have succeeded—based on this trailer, at least. When the game is released a year from now (a really rough estimate), we'll know for sure.
3) This isn't the all-out action game that is Revengeance
Seeing Snake in the trailer made us all forget about that other Metal Gear game that will be released in early 2013, Metal Gear: Revengeance. Yup, that other game which stars MGS 2 lead character, Raiden, and features Devil May Cry-caliber sword-swinging frenzy. While that's supremely fun, it's also not very Metal Gear in attitude. So we're really glad to announce that Ground Zeroes will be staying faithful to the series' sneak-em-up, hide-in-boxes gameplay. Crouching out of sight, avoiding spotlights, and shooting soldiers in the back: all that and more will be making a return in this installment.
4) Snake Learns to Drive
In MGS 4, we got to ride and trash around in a gigantic Metal Gear mech. Ground Zeroes will be expanding on the number of vehicles you can ride or drive yourself, from jeeps to helicopters. You'll be going airborne or trek through rough terrain to travel to and fro different missions, and possibly different regions and countries as well. Set to be an open-world game, the geographical scope seems to be more massive than in previous MGS games.
5) Ground Zeroes is not Metal Gear Solid 5
Ground Zeroes is considered as a "prologue" to Metal Gear Solid 5. Which means that this series is far from over, and still has a lot to explore. It doesn't star Solid Snake from the original Metal Gear Solid, MGS 2, and Metal Gear Solid 4, and instead puts the "original" Snake a.k.a. Big Boss in the lead.
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