Kojima/Konami countdown replaced with 'E3' teaser timer

[UPDATE] Rumored teaser site for next Metal Gear project leads to yet another countdown ending at 6 p.m. PDT on May 26--but hinting at news at June 2-4 expo.

One of the most common--and cost-effective--marketing tactics employed by game companies is the so-called "drip campaign." As perhaps most famously seen during hype tsunamis prior to the Halo 2 and the Xbox 360 launches, the method calls for the gradual release of small hints about a big-name game property. The steady stream of informational bread crumbs leaves fans of said property hungry for any news about the game or console in question, leading them to seek it out on their own--instead of having to be told about it with expensive ads.

Time keeps on slipping into the future...

For those eager for more news about the next Metal Gear game, the drip campaign currently being orchestrated by Konami must feel like water torture. As Xbox 360 Metal Gear Solid rumors swirled on May 13, the financially conflicted publisher teased a May 18 announcement in a two-page advertisement in Famitsu, Japan's top gaming magazine.

When May 18 rolled around, though, the teaser site revealed a countdown clock ending at 6 p.m. PDT on May 21. Given that the teaser site bore the fox logo of Kojima Productions and what looked like the number "5," speculation that a Metal Gear Solid 5 announcement was imminent went through the roof.

The fact that series creator Hideo Kojima himself hinted at a "Next MGS" in the final slide of his 2009 Game Developers Conference presentation only provided more fuel for the rumor firestorm. Said conflagration had buckets of metaphorical kerosene flung upon it this afternoon, when word came that a "new Metal Gear" game would shortly be announced for a PlayStation platform.

This evening, though, those awaiting a Big Announcement about a new MGS title were left wanting. At the appointed hour, the teaser site gave way to...another countdown, ending at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26--the day after the Memorial Day holiday weekend in the US. The background for the site also changed slightly, going from a field of dead grass under a cloudy sky to a wet field of damper dead grass under a rainy sky with the odd lightning strike.

Requests sent to Konami asking about whether this was the last countdown had not been answered as of press time.

[UPDATE] Over the course of the evening, the site began teasing the letter "E" and the number "3" after lightning strikes, raising suspicions that Konami will make an announcement at the June 2-4 Electronic Entertainment Expo. On Thursday, the publisher announced that its own E3 press conference will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday June 3. (GameSpot will cover the event live.) The site is also flashing the letter "S" and the number "5," sustaining speculation of an MGS5 reveal, as well as the number "9" and a lowercase "e"--which could also be the Japanese character for "snake."

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Dingalingaling
Dingalingaling

According to Gamespy, the game is Metal Gear Solid: Rising, the main character is Raiden, and.... it's slated for both PS3 and XBOX360. So yes, most of the rumors turned out to be true.

Kcoshiob
Kcoshiob

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hhap52
hhap52

this is getting crazy

samt2992
samt2992

I got bored and watched the snake and raiden sequence twice getting these, i dont reealy know anything about puzzles so maybe you geeks can do it(y); 6935P53C SNAKE IMAGE RO RAIDEN IMAGE 35ERGP5C SNAKE IMAGE 60 RAIDEN IMAGE

SharinganTH14
SharinganTH14

He has the eyepatch so it must be post-MGS3, since he does lose his eye in MGS3. Almost definitely a sequel to MGS3. But I'm confused about whether Raiden will be in it - an R has now appeared and all that lightning and other stuff indicating he'd be involved. Main problem with this is I think they dragged it on way too long and have lost some of the effect of the anticipation - remember the amount of people looking at the end of the 1st Countdown? Compare that to now. Gamespot don't even have a story up about it. I completely forgot about the timer and only checked in today to see it since the end of the first one.

noheartsniper
noheartsniper

seriously though.. doesnt xbox have enough exclusives. ps3 does. probably way more then xbox. but you xbots gotta stop this. its getting a little too desperate

sequekhan
sequekhan

With letters P and R now, it looks like a pre-title. Going back to before other installments of Metal Gear, perhaps. The face looks younger. With the current jumble of letters... I'd say perhaps this: 5: PRE-E3

ILikeMetal
ILikeMetal

Go to csnation.net. It has pics of raiden, or maybe even grey fox, and big boss from Japan's Famitsu magazine. Let the speculation begin!

crazeon
crazeon

on his hat it says "militaries sans frontieres" which means "military without borders"? similar to "medecins sans frontieres" or "doctors without borders", a humanitarian NGO founded in 1971, around the time MGS Portable Ops took place. maybe this is when he started outer haven or zanzibar or whatever. @contentxcontetn "on an extra side note. anyone able to make out the country on big boss's hat" it doesn't look like any country I've seen, it kind of looks like a skull

HeroKane
HeroKane

Wow, I called this 3 days ago, just check my post from the evening of the 24th, I stated a throw back game to Big Boss when he was younger. Just like they did with MGS 3 and Portable Ops.

contentxcontext
contentxcontext

Epicurus_ : I sence some character mods for l4d coming on.. on an extra side note. anyone able to make out the country on big boss's hat

contentxcontext
contentxcontext

in order. from when i first loaded up the page. E P S 3 e R big boss. my thoughts ps3 remake (or rain in the title) possibly one or both the original msx games (its been talked about for years) more likely a new game. Last outside shot. remake of MGS3 for xbox360 lol

brunod_f
brunod_f

ohh...i'm excited about mgs5 but i just don't like the idea that it will go back in time and tell some big boss's mission...or maybe it could be some conection between Raiden (when he was a kid in the civil war) and him. anyway....i think it would be best to just keep going with the story...

Epicurus_
Epicurus_

btw he looks like bill from left 4 dead in that pic lol

Daniel72296
Daniel72296

@ pablo091377 Looks like you got another left nut.

Epicurus_
Epicurus_

I really don't think this is right, but I was just thinking. Remake Snake Eater 3 "big boss pic" with Psp Portable ops story entertwined. Hense the new famsistua(whatever) + ps3...

Daniel72296
Daniel72296

This has been my theory since the last countdown was initiated: S - Snake E - Eater 3 - Three 5 - Five "Snake Eater" was the third game which takes place around the time of Big Boss, and the fifth game will be a prequel or sequel to that game.

lostn
lostn

Metal Gear prequel set post MGS3 as big boss, on PS3 is most likely what it turned out to be. I was hoping they'd do an alternative universe game, for example, Metal Gear Liquid, where you play as bad boy Liquid Snake before Shadow Moses.

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

haha gamespot rick rolled us all by replacing the original story page with a 404 page and moving this kojima rick rolled us again with another new timer set to expire i think sunday night at 9pm EST. But now its showing, in addition to what was there before, a P, a R and....... BIG BOSS! Definitely a Metal Gear game then :D hope its new and not a PSP game, doubt it, not with Bog Boss looking that good. Wonder what the P and R could mean now..?

5011704dc
5011704dc

bet u its just another countdown

pablo091377
pablo091377

I agree... that would be nice. But, I'd bet my left nut that it's another countdown.

Tokanite
Tokanite

1 hour and 40 mins until the reveal!!!

angusclone2
angusclone2

Now I'm getting mad. This timer needs to GTFO and they need to just show us the game.

pride_of_84
pride_of_84

gotta bounce, intresting convo pablo. 84 out!

pablo091377
pablo091377

@pride of 84 - or it's not really Snake!!! NAKED SNAKE - DEAD LIQUID SNAKE - DEAD SOLIDUS SNAKE - DEAD SOLID SNAKE - MIA FAKE N' BAKE SNAKE - ? perhaps even... EASY BAKE SNAKE!!!

pride_of_84
pride_of_84

or perhaps METAL GEAR OTOCON: tactical hacking action

pride_of_84
pride_of_84

heres an off the wall theory: raiden goes into a mission with snake commanding from codec. and at the end we find out snake is the evil mastermind. battle to the death!!! (original MG throwback). goodness my mind is racing.

Mookae
Mookae

lets hope the server dosen't crash from an overload, like, five seconds before the reveal.

pablo091377
pablo091377

Here's to hoping the storm doesn't clear up in the next countdown. Can you imagine how pissed everyone would be if the next one was blue skies with birds singing and sh*t!? Let's just pray for more thunder and lightning!

pablo091377
pablo091377

Yes... too bad it won't be until 10pm PST that I can see the new countdown :(

pride_of_84
pride_of_84

true.. either way these next 2 hours and ten mins are gonna seem like an eternity

pablo091377
pablo091377

Because Grayfox wanted to die... that's what I think anyway.

pablo091377
pablo091377

It will be Raiden as the protagonist though, unless Kojima has someone else up his sleeve. I'm excited, as Hideo hasn't led me astray since MGS2, which I believe was a great game with a somewhat fuddled story line at the end. But, MGS4 cleared it up famously and more importantly made me enjoy Raiden (something that MGS2 failed to do in my humble opinion).

pride_of_84
pride_of_84

and while we're on the topic of "metal gear theory". why is it that raiden lived because of his suit and grey fox didn't. raiden got way more f'd up the GF!?

pablo091377
pablo091377

@pride_of_84 - That doesn't mean that the rest of your analysis isn't right on... after all Solidus was a clone of Big Boss and recruited Raiden in the same fashion. The Patriots were trying to recreate events as Zero idolized what Big Boss symbolized. They were both recreated as Cyborgs and have very similar styles. I think you are on to something, I just don't know if they are going to take the series in that direction.

pride_of_84
pride_of_84

your right...................(bang)(thud)

pablo091377
pablo091377

and there are many coincidences in their backgrounds as you have stated.

pablo091377
pablo091377

@pride of 84 - It was implied in Snake Eater and I remember reading an article where Kojima confirmed it (though I can't remember where).

pride_of_84
pride_of_84

really? when did they say that? and either way The Boss aside.. i'd still bet my big toe grey fox and raiden are linked..... i hope im right

pablo091377
pablo091377

"Ocelot is the missing son of The Boss and her lover, The Sorrow; while on the battlefield during pregnancy, The Boss was shot in the abdomen, and Ocelot was born through a messy C-section that left his mother with a long, snake-shaped scar along her abdomen. [5][6] He is also revealed to be responsible for the loss of Big Boss's right eye, albeit accidentally." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revolver_Ocelot#Snake_Eater

pablo091377
pablo091377

@pride of 84 - Unfortunately, as cool as that sounds, Ocelot was the child the Boss was referring to. She had him after an affair with the Sorrow.

Cpt-Salt
Cpt-Salt

Guys, stop arguing. It's about a new MGS game, for goodness sake. Isn't that good enough? We should appreciate this exciting time as it is.

pride_of_84
pride_of_84

all right heres my theory: snake is too old for another game.. raiden is the next logical choice. the boss gave birth to GF, then raiden was his clone. grey fox and raiden are nearly identical (swords, blond, ect.) both child soldiers the boss revealed that she had a child i seriously doubt kojima did any of this by accident... Anyone of these things are nothin, but all together they make me think. plus it just seems like something kojima would do.. if u think im wrong by all means convince me.

pablo091377
pablo091377

@pride of 84 - That was amazing!! I remember being blown away by that ending. It was so well done, having you believe from the Title Screen that Snake was gonna off himself. When I beat it on Boss Extreme in under 5 hours (basically perfect game) I was hoping it would show more. But at least I have that Big Boss corpse mask that I can run around wearing :) @mad krips - Too true!

pride_of_84
pride_of_84

i like the godfather 2 idea. an act in the present, then a flashback act to fill in the blanks leading to an Ah Ha end!!