Kojima talks Peace Walker

TGS 09: Series creator Hideo Kojima shows off new trailer for upcoming PSP installment in franchise, details storyline and Japanese-language voice cast.

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One of Konami's main titles at this year's Tokyo Game Show was Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker for the PSP. As has been the case for nearly every other installment in the Metal Gear franchise, series creator Hideo Kojima took to the stage to talk in-depth about his latest creation.

Kojima began by showing a new trailer for Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, which gave a look into the game's storyline. The trailer started out with a series of cutscenes from Metal Gear Solid 3, followed by a nuclear symbol appearing on the middle of the screen for a subliminal split second. We then see Snake saluting his mentor's grave from the last scenes in MGS3, and the flashback ended. The screen changed to new footage from Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, showing the game's setting as Costa Rica during the Cold War in 1974.

With Central America being a key location in the outcome of the Cold War, an unknown army of well-equipped soldiers has taken over the defenseless country of Costa Rica. What's more, they've brought in a nuclear warhead that's labeled "Peace Walker." Snake is asked to save the country, but it's then revealed that the mysterious army is financed by the US's CIA. If Snake decides to go against them, he'll make enemies with America and there'd be no turning back. As the trailer continues to show various cutscenes, a voice-over waxes philosophic about how a nuclear superpower has to be demonstrated to create peace.

The screen changes into 2D illustrations, introducing the new characters in Peace Walker. Of particular note, the screen shows a close-up of Snake's face, and it is explained that he decides to call himself Big Boss. The trailer ends with a circular explosion expanding from Central America on a map, and a voice is heard saying that the world may come to an end.

The trailer's premiere took up about a third of Kojima's presentation, but he still had quite a bit to say about the game. As mentioned, Peace Walker takes place in 1974, which is 10 years after Metal Gear Solid 3. In real history, the year had some turbulent events. Kojima hinted that one event in particular, President Nixon's August 1974 resignation, will factor into the game's storyline.

Kojima will one again be returning to direct the game. "I originally didn't plan to work on it," he said. "But with the game taking place in Costa Rica during 1974, and the theme being nuclear deterrence, the younger developers were having trouble."

"Solid Snake's storyline has ended with MGS4," he continued. "But there's still a lot more when it comes to Naked Snake's storyline. The Cold War was a time where people, neither good nor evil, were manipulated by various factors, and they became good or evil. The same goes for Liquid Snake, and we'll get to see just what happened to him."

According to Kojima, gamers that haven't played MGS3 will have no problem playing Peace Walker. But for fans that have played through and have a liking for The Boss, there will be something surprising. "The two games are set 10 years apart from one another, so they're not directly connected, but there's going to be flashback scenes at times," he said. "At the end, there's going to be a stunning truth."

"Costa Rica is one of the few countries that doesn't have an army of its own," he went on. "So they go and ask Snake for help. There's a kind of a Seven Samurai thing happening there in the beginning. Peace Walker is going to have a relatively straightforward storyline that's easy to understand."

"There's the philosophy of nuclear deterrence," Kojima continued. "America and Russia just kept piling up on their nuclear weapons. And when you have an army, it deters enemies from invading. That's yet another theory of deterrence. Why can't we get rid of nuclear arms and soldiers from the world? I'm sure that everyone's thought about it. And then there's the reality, which I hope players will think about as they're playing Peace Walker. Back then, it was a time when these theories were actually thought to be effective. And now, we're paying the price. We've still got tons of nuclear weapons scattered all over the world."

After a dialogue with guest speakers about how peace and war are like two sides of a coin and how a peace finger gesture also carries the meaning of victory, Kojima pointed out that Peace Walker's game logo may also look like a peace symbol. However, upon closer observation, it's actually a bomber jet.

Kojima then went on to close the presentation after introducing the new characters in Peace Walker and their Japanese voice actors, listed with synopsis below. About two-thirds of the voice recording is already complete for the Japanese version.

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker Partial Cast::
Kazuhira Miller (Tomokazu Sugita): A very young version of Master Miller; seen in other installments in the franchise.

Paz Ortega Andrade (Nana Mizuki): The game's heroine; she is a mysterious young blond girl with a perm.

Ramon Galves Mena (Hochu Otsuka): Mena initially solicits Snake's help with Costa Rica. He has an artificial-looking red right hand, which Kojima referred to as something that looks like it's from a James Bond film.

Strangelove (Yumi Kikuchi): The second heroine in the game; Strangelove wears a red raincoat and sunglasses. Kojima said that Strangelove is the person that's asking questions to The Boss in Peace Walker's teaser site (and the beginning of the TGS trailer). Kojima avoided giving details on her, except that she's a really "strange love."

Chico (Kikuko Inoue): Though a young boy, Chico is voiced by the actress who played Rosemary in MGS2, The Boss in MGS3, and Sunny in MGS4.

Amanda (Romi Park): Chico's big sister.

Huey (Hideyuki Tanaka): Huey bears a striking resemblance to Otakon in both appearance and voice. As Kojima put it, "He's probably exactly the person that everyone thinks he is. Hideyuki-san (the voice actor) had that cool Otakon voice from MGS4 still going on, so we asked him to return to the older Otakon voice from MGS1; the one that leaked in his pants. "

Coldman (Mugihito): A bald man with a peace symbol on the back of his head, Coldman is one of the key characters in the game.

Cecile Cosima Caminades (Yu Kobayashi): As seen in the TGS trailer, Cecile is a sultry French woman.

Discussion

130 comments
143C5
143C5

Looks like an interesting game......

Krumwell
Krumwell

theironduke111 is a idiot!!!!!!!!

theironduke111
theironduke111

Is this being optimized on the PS3 and then being badly ported to Xbox for once?

Adziboy
Adziboy

@TheAcejoel99: As much as I'm a SONY fanboy I can probably take a guess at how AWFUL Peacewalker will look on a 42" haha! I'd like to see pics on the forums if you could! =]

TheAcejoel99
TheAcejoel99

psp or PS3, its still a playstation exclusive. wooooO!!!!! Ill be playin this bad boy on my 42" plasma with component cables. To bad this dosen't support PS3 controlers like resistance on psp. That would be awsome....er than it already is. lol.

Adziboy
Adziboy

@DKant: If you go to giantbomb site and click videos, theres a video called Quick Look: Metal Gear Solid Peacewaker. You can get a good sense of how the story plays out from that.

odst_trooper117
odst_trooper117

whoever is playing that gameplay footage, really doesnt seem to be good at mgs

DKant
DKant

Wow. Wow. Wow. Kojima and lot always put together such fantastic (and wonderfully long) trailers...although I felt the ultra-shaky documentary-style cam used for some of the cutscenes may not work too well on the PSP and the not-THAT-detailed geometry and texturing. I'm quite sure the effect was somewhat more subtle in MGS2 or 3 (to compare with games with similar graphical fidelity). Still, looks great. Plus the 'storyboard' type rough-drawn style used towards the end was neat to say the least, it would be great if they went for a little variety and actually used that in the game at some point - it could add a zing of awesome craziness to the great presentation we've come to expect, kinda like how the anime portion in Kill Bill Vol 1 added so much to what was already boiling and great. (for me at least). Though I don't ever expect it to happen, since the styling in the MGS universe tends to veer towards more conventional 'epic-movie' standards than go off-beat or experimental. Gameplay wise, there will always be 'magazines' to distribute ad 'heavy breathing-inducing in-locker posters' :) (Although I don't remember seeing too much of the quirky side of Kojima in MGS2..... haven't played 3 or 4 yet. I know, I know).

Gamingtrevor
Gamingtrevor

lol. Strangelove... Nice reference Hideo...

Generalmojo
Generalmojo

good thing i own a psp :) but im sure many of us would prefer this on ps3 :D

FILIPINOMAZTER
FILIPINOMAZTER

would have been a zillion times better if it was on ps3....i tried the demo @ ign and its kinda good

Rygarr
Rygarr

This game looks awesome

terror_ninja
terror_ninja

ehhhhh.....i duno i dont know if its gona be as good as the other MGS games because it sounds like Kojima really didnt want to be involved in it but was "forced" if you will...but it will still be a good game never the less...sad i dont have a psp.... yet

freeofkings
freeofkings

@scarface he didnt say they couldnt port it he said they couldnt make it exclusive because its already coming out on the psp

scarface_dm
scarface_dm

errr........ @AngelCage-2 keep thinking that, It wouldnt be much of a problem for konami to update the graphics upto 360 standards besides its just wishful thinking, jeesh look who's the fanboy

InZane4all
InZane4all

I sold my PSP because of the lack of good games out there. Only game I bought and loved was God of War for the PSP, but I just might get me another PSP just for this game.

AngelCage-2
AngelCage-2

@ scarface_dm As much as Kojima is praising project Natal, Maybe he will bring this game exclusive to 360... .-.-.-.-.-.-..-.- Err... Exclusive to 360... the game is on PSP you know, so not a chance of an exclusive 360 game here :-/ On other news (poor 360 boy): PSP never stops amazing me... what a great system... forget about GO-Crap, my Slim beauty will really be happy with this game. Portable Ops was great... there's some sysy players who said that PO is crap because is hard to play it... poor girls, the game was a materpiece... i din't expect kojima managin to make a better looking game than that, on PSP... The guy playing, play like crap! what an idiot. Big Boss have never been so much sliced in his whole life!!!!! T_T

ascalon94
ascalon94

If you guys own a PSP you need to play this demo, you can get it at IGN.com right now.. even though its in Japanese its not that hard to figure out what to do, the game looks amazing.

ebgamesnake112
ebgamesnake112

Why do the person demoing the game always play like some sh!t?

scarface_dm
scarface_dm

As much as Kojima is praising project Natal, Maybe he will bring this game exclusive to 360 and implement the motion controls to it..........THAT WOULD BE SO EPIC!! :d

Dante2710
Dante2710

should be a nice addition for those who own a psp

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

sweet!! definitely going to be getting this game!!

bunbun343
bunbun343

The demo for this game is so awesome even if it is entirely in Japanese.

Switchblade777
Switchblade777

Portable ops was awesome hopefully this is too!!

LAMACHUNG
LAMACHUNG

I wish I can download Metal gear Graphic Novel 1, 2, 3(if their is )by using psp go so i can complete my collection.

otanikun
otanikun

This game is going to kick so much a$$

kong_sevixnine
kong_sevixnine

@ CoreoVII wth who gave you thumbs down? I feel the same way! also, I think the psp rocks.

boysangur
boysangur

It sounds great and all but it's a bit ridiculous that I need to buy a whole new console to play it. I already dropped a few bills on a PS3. Should I get every Sony device known to man now?

Zippedychick
Zippedychick

I have a PSP but I never play it. Ever. This looks great though, Snake is the man.

VXLbeast
VXLbeast

PSP? Not good. MGS? Good. How will this one work out? I dunno.

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

Why do they make us play such important parts of the MGS story on the lameass PSP? Playing Portable Ops is torture.

x8VXU6
x8VXU6

I hope Rising got a good story line like this

dramadude186
dramadude186

Kojima, who are you kidding? Every time you announce one of these games you say "I didn't intend to direct it, but..." It's okay to just admit you want to spend the rest of your life making Metal Gear Games. Most fans would probably thank you :-)

CoreoVII
CoreoVII

I love the new CQC judo throws. Simply Awesome and fresh finally. Those two new throws he can do just sold the game for me.

shkar
shkar

please bring it to PS2 or make a PS3 version......... C'mon it's unfair for the loyal fans of the metal gear series like me not to be able to play it.

elchiquilin
elchiquilin

Got every mg game to date, cant wait for this one to come out

bojan_sokol
bojan_sokol

Player from gameplay video sucks bigtime

friendly_bacon
friendly_bacon

God, Kojima. Now The Boss is going to be evil? Is no character safe from your retcons?