Big Boss, Raiden appear as Kojima/Konami teaser resets

Solid Snake's commanding officer/nemesis/father figure appears on Kojima site; Famitsu scan shows acrobatic character's appearance; next reveal 3pm Sunday, May 31.

Any doubts that the mysterious "Kojima Productions Next" project was not part of the Metal Gear Solid canon were erased today, when a character from the long-running series appeared on the game's--or games'-- teaser Web site. As part of a countdown teaser--which has now been reset for a third time to end at 3 p.m. PDT on Sunday, May 31--the site is now flashing a shot of Big Boss (pictured), series hero Solid Snake's erstwhile commanding officer and often-nemesis. The characters' semiyouthful age points to a period after Metal Gear Solid 3's Vietnam-era setting and before that of the original Metal Gear.

[UPDATE] The countdown clock has now changed to expire at 3 p.m. Monday, June 1.

Big Boss, reporting for duty.

Were that not enough to rally the Kojima faithful, several scans of Famitsu magazine posted by gaming blog Kotaku reveal that the site will eventually show another member of the MGS canon, Raiden. Alongside the teaser site's pic of Big Boss, Famitsu's Raiden image shows the character in futuristic armor--and with one eye patched over--which indicates that it is from a game set after the events of Metal Gear Solid 4.

The temporal dichotomy between the two shots has led to speculation that two separate games may be announced by Kojima Productions and Konami. So far, one game has been all but confirmed for a PlayStation-branded platform, whereas a Metal Gear Solid 4 port is rumored to be coming to the Xbox 360.

Such a game was hinted at the end of Hideo Kojima's 2009 Game Developers Conference keynote address, when the game designer posted a slide touting "The Next Metal Gear" and apparently showing Raiden. Strangely, the Kojima interview accompanying the shot has large sections redacted to hide the identity of the new game.

Today's revelations only add to Metal Gear fans' near-painful level of anticipation in the run-up to next week's Electronic Entertainment Expo. Check back at GameSpot on Sunday for the latest developments from the Kojima Productions teaser and for live coverage of Konami's press conference from 3-5pm on Wednesday, June 3.

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Ubersoldat87
Ubersoldat87

nahhh this is the last comment! peace walker hd for the win

conkerratchet
conkerratchet

NO LAST comment! Har har. Anyway, I tried peace walker, it's good!

ompongjj
ompongjj

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Jabstor
Jabstor

Nope, I am the final comment :)

demonkero
demonkero

Never i will be the last comment BTW this game rocks

shii666
shii666

Ha, I win being the final comment!

teamsolo
teamsolo

i hope they make a remake of the first metal gaer and metal gear 2 solid snake

dratines
dratines

MSD Rising and PeaceWalker this is gonna be a hell of a ride

13086
13086

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Sharishi
Sharishi

asian_pride69 Peacewalker is an exclusive to the PSP

SSBFan12
SSBFan12

This game looks amazing I can't wait to get it.

asian_pride69
asian_pride69

Metal Gear Solid: Rising and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. One of them won't be an exclusive to the 360. Or that's what I heard at least.

PSFreak1
PSFreak1

Metal Gear Solid: Rising wooohoo and Metal Gear Peace something woohooo

berkice
berkice

No mention of Rising in Sonys conference today, and its not even on xbox's own site, despite all the other big xbox releases being there, there are still some unanswered questions, i think its so early in the production stage that they have not truly been able to release it, only tell is its coming, we wont see nothing difinitive (a proper trailer or gameplay) til E3 next year i think...

gmax
gmax

Mmm... Countdowns...

LOTSA_SPAGHETTI
LOTSA_SPAGHETTI

Refresh your page if you still see the counter page. But don't expect to see the new site right away, because the interwebz traffic is so great.

shadowmonk77
shadowmonk77

its at the storm again with the timer at 00:00:00. Time Paradox??

shadowmonk77
shadowmonk77

Man i was watching that when the timer ran out..but nothing happend. :( what is going on with the freezing page load?

drajon88
drajon88

Well the site changed i'm pretty sure more is to come from kojima when the sony press conference happens tomorrow

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

It's clearly not exclusive. They wrapped up their exclusive line-up and then brought out Hideo Kojima and he never said it was exclusive to anything he said it will be coming soon. If it was exclusive, trust me, Microsoft would have made sure we knew.

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

But thats what the M$ conference thing said "Raiden is back"... or something like that. And that picture is the only one they showed (lame, I know)

dannyb1988
dannyb1988

I'd have to say it isnt Raiden....

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

So where did Raiden get red/brown eyes from? Anyone have a clue?

drajon88
drajon88

Wow what a waste of time

sracer85
sracer85

what a freakin let down!

pride_of_84
pride_of_84

thats it........ im gonna go buy a 360 now.....

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

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pride_of_84
pride_of_84

ITS NOTHING...................NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JUST PICS of MGS:R!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dannyb1988
dannyb1988

Its asking me to choose a language....then nothing

sracer85
sracer85

i think konami has given me a stomach ulcer...

pride_of_84
pride_of_84

i think im gettin something................

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

why is this the only page that even works for me anymore... all my other tabs are giving page load errors now when I click a link.. HAX? :S

dannyb1988
dannyb1988

Lol....ill come back later then shall I

pride_of_84
pride_of_84

all i got is the counter on 00:00:00 again

berkice
berkice

yeah its not working for me either...i reckon its overloaded from us guys all refreshing like mad, i think it will work soon though, i got to "Kojima Productions E3 2009 special site" then i clicked english but it didnt load...

markthepatriot
markthepatriot

It's just about Metal Gear Solid: Rising and a link to the mask page...