Metal Gear Solid 4 golden

Konami announces completion of "conclusion to the Metal Gear Saga" at press conference, unveils world tour, collaboration with iPod, Ubisoft, and more; new trailer inside.

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TOKYO--With Metal Gear Solid 4's anticipated worldwide release just a month away, Konami held a press conference near its headquarters today to announce that the game's development is officially complete. Press and guests were invited to the Toho Cinemas Roppongi Hills cineplex, where they were treated to the latest trailers and live gameplay on the big screen with some popcorn on the side.

Similar to a real movie experience, the conference started off with some commercials, which were actually fake ads based on the Metal Gear Solid 4 world. Five commercials were shown, starting off with a "Praying Mantis unmanned security system." The ad featured a huge security robot chasing after a man on a bike and ultimately catching him, with fatal results. The ads are all available at Metal Gear Solid's new official site, together with a fresh Hollywood-style trailer that features numerous new scenes.

After the commercials and a brief look at what was apparently the game's opening sequence, Konami Digital Entertainment president Fumiaki Tanaka took the stage to make the opening announcements.

"In recent years, casual games have become extremely popular. With the rise of new consumers, the [game industry] is expanding into new directions," said Tanaka. "While it's said that the current mainstream is casual games, we took the challenge to make a blockbuster title, Metal Gear Solid 4, headed by Kojima."

He continued, "Metal Gear Solid 4 surpasses the scale of its previous titles in all aspects, including their story, visuals, and music. Using the PlayStation 3's high capabilities to its capacity, I believe that our developers have realized MGS4 without any compromise."

However, Tanaka also stressed that MGS4 certainly won't be the last of Konami's big projects on the PS3. "We believe that the PlayStation 3 still has some undiscovered capabilities, and there's still many points where we can be more clever to take its full advantage," he teased. "We will continue to create more good products in the future."

Following Tanaka, director Hideo Kojima appeared on stage to announce the completion of his four-year long project. "I'm very happy that we can announce the completion of MGS4 in front of everyone here today," he said, beaming. "MGS4 has been an extremely difficult project. At one point, it was like an eternal spiral where the game felt like it would never get completed no matter how hard we worked on it."

"We took on all sorts of challenges in the making of MGS4," reminisced Kojima. "We were challenged to make MGS4 on the Cell-processor-operated, unknown monster of a hardware called the PlayStation 3. We were challenged to make MGS4 in high definition graphics and 5.1ch surround sound so that it'd play in the leagues of movies. We were challenged to give MGS4 the most [content] in the series, and so we had the largest number of developers working [on the franchise] ever. We were challenged to release the game simultaneously worldwide for the first time. And, we were challenged to make it the last title in the series, as the game will be the conclusion to the Metal Gear Saga."

Interestingly, Kojima also took the opportunity to make some comments on the current situation of the game industry, with Japanese publishers increasingly leaning toward casual games that don't require expensive development.

"Casual games have become mainstream in the industry," he declared. "It's not just a Japanese phenomenon but also something that's happening worldwide. There are new markets and possibilities opening up thanks to the trend, which is great. But on the other hand, we shouldn't forget about the hardcore gamers whose lives are about videogames. The gamers who consider video games a subculture, and enjoy taking their time to sit down and play games that gives them energy and courage. I wanted to remind those gamers about the fun of video games. I know that we're going against the trend, but we've been working hard for the past four years so that the fire [of non-casual games] won't blow out."

"I believe that video games are a form of synthesized art that evolves by adapting new technologies," continued Kojima. "It's a business, so there are difficult decisions, but when you think about the future of video games, I think that you need to take some risks to move on forward. Once you halt, it's really hard to go [back on track] and take steps forward. Unfortunately, overseas game production companies, which are well-funded and extremely skilled, have surpassed us by a couple of steps. It was once said that Japan molded the world's video game [industry], but that's becoming a thing of the past. Sad as it may be, it's the truth."

"We developed MGS4 for fans that love Metal Gear. But at the same time, I was creating it with some hopes to stir a revival of [non-casual] videogames."

Kojima then went on to play some Metal Gear Solid 4 on the cinema's big screen, revealing that the the game will be chapter-based, unlike the previous installments in the series. A few minutes of the first chapter, "Act 1: Liquid Sun," was played in hard mode.

After playing the game, Kojima revealed a number of new collaborations in Metal Gear Solid 4, the biggest being with Apple's iPod. Snake carries around an iPod in MGS4, which lets him play music tracks that he finds scattered throughout the game. Collected tracks can be played as background music during the game, with additional tracks being offered for download.

Last month on April Fool's Day, footage of Metal Gear Solid 4 featuring Snake in Altair's robe from Assassin's Creed appeared without warning on YouTube. Today, Kojima confirmed that it's more than just a prank, as the Altair costume will be an unlockable feature in the game.

Other collaborations in MGS4 include Triumph Motorcycles, Sony Ericsson, Regain, and Uniqlo. For Triumph Motorcycles, this is the second time they're collaborating with the Metal Gear series following MGS3. This time, their Bonneville T100 and Speed Triple Motorcycles will appear in a chase scene during the game.

With Sony Ericsson, their W62S model cell phone is seen in the game, used by Vamp and Naomi. What's more, the collaboration goes both ways. Sony Ericsson's mobile portal will offer a downloadable MGS4 version of "Ganbare Salary Man," a cell phone game about a middle-age salary worker.

Another product being advertised in MGS4 is Regain, a popular Japanese energy drink. The beverage is featured in-game as an item that energizes Snake when he takes a sip. This collaboration also goes both ways: Starting on June 10 in Japan, convenience stores will sell special bottles of Regain that include an original MGS4-themed cell phone cleaner or dog tag.

Uniqlo, a Japanese apparel maker with stores also in the USA and UK, France, Korea, China, and Hong Kong, doesn't have any items appearing in-game. Instead, they're collaborating with MGS4 with the release of six "Metal Gear Solid 4 UT Design" T-shirts, featuring logos and artworks inspired from the game. The shirts will be available at Uniqlo shops from June 12.

Similar to previous Metal Gear Solid installments, MGS4 will also feature a gravure girl. Minami Akina, an 18-year-old cover girl who's been a big fan of the series, appears on a poster in the game. Akina appeared during the press conference and congratulated Kojima on his game. Kojima's staff also congratulated Akina with a large MGS4 cake, as she's turning 19 in two days.

In Japan, Konami will also be releasing a variety of Metal Gear Solid merchandise near the launch of MGS4. The game's soundtrack will be released on May 28 as a two-disc set, featuring a total of 47 tracks.

"Ga-ko," a duck-shaped alarm clock that appears in the game, will be sold as a product on July 31.

A novel by Raymond Benson based on the original Metal Gear Solid will be released on May 25 (May 27 in the US), while a Japanese novel by Keikaku Ito, Metal Gear Solid: Guns of the Patriots, will be released on June 12.

In terms of launch promotions, plans for a "Metal Gear Solid 4 World Tour" are underway. Kojima and his staff will travel around the world to meet up with series fans. Tour locations include London, Madrid, Milano, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

In Japan, Konami will also be collaborating with Sony to push MGS4 on the PlayStation Network. The daily "Toro Station" show will feature three consecutive days of Metal Gear coverage, possibly with a sneak peek into the latest game's development facilities.

One of the surprises at the press conference came at the very end. As the lights dimmed out for the event to end, a one-way dialogue very similar to the endings in the MGS games took place, hinting about a "worldwide live broadcast" and "VIP" events in Akihabara, New York, and Los Angeles on June 12.

Discussion

471 comments
DragonForce06
DragonForce06

I also hate how people are saying that MGO sucks. Ive never played it because i didnt want to spoil any kind of game play. They say it sucks but MGO was a beta and wasnt quite finished. They put it it out to make any last minute corrections.

DragonForce06
DragonForce06

Wow lol that douche thinks the games " non- playabel" cut scenes look nice, but not in game graphics? Besides the fact that you cant judge on graphics alone, like every MGS game they use real time graphics for cut scenes. So those cut scenes he saw were also the playable in game graphics. It sucks for those x360 fanboys when they dont think through what they say. better luck next time

dysonlu
dysonlu

Just too bad Xbox owners won't be able to play this blockbuster game. I guess they can still replay Hollow... euh, I mean Halo, if they're one of the few lucky owners of a working Xbox. Otherwise, the only thing left for them to do is go online to vent their frustration.

kkkkknaruto
kkkkknaruto

u miisd resistance 2, socom, little big planet and dont forget killzone 2 buddy

Merc1319
Merc1319

i didnt really like the sneaking aspect of past MGS games... that "vision cone" that the AI had was way too fake. hopefully theyve done away with that, but im still going to get a 360, simply coz this and haze are the only good titles for ps3 this year (haze will also probably be ported to PC and 360 later) and 360's getting GOW2, too human, ninja gaiden 2, fable 2, banjo kazooie and the exclusive GTA content!

kos1085
kos1085

I am not even a fan of the stealth type games both I love the MGS series. Manily because of the amazing boss fights and story. I cant wait for this to come out next month because i am sure it is going to be great.

Pi-R-Sq
Pi-R-Sq

Man only on PS3! I have to wait for the port, lol.. also the assassins creed prank was posted 7 months ago.

R-Force
R-Force

This summer is just getting more exciting the closer we get to it. I can't wait to experience MGS4 after so long. 8)

maaly81
maaly81

I might get a Ps3 because of this game. I loved the multiplayer in MGS3. look good to me, but I like more shooting than sneaking

CHECKTHISTA
CHECKTHISTA

i just hope that there a MANY MANY MANY features to unlock in the game ^^ and will there be a MGS4 Subsistence oder anything?... who knows...

_LegatoBlue_
_LegatoBlue_

that trailer is awesome. is that big bosses corpse behind naomi when snake asks here how long he has left?

temp1
temp1

SalarianChemist, there is more to a game than just graphics, idiot. You think a game will go from a 10 to an 8 because of the graphics?? Idiots these days..

LordelX
LordelX

SalarianChemist is too disappointed to play this game. Even if it was coming to the Xbox360 as well.

SalarianChemist
SalarianChemist

Disappointing that Kojima has said this "finished" version of Metal Gear Solid 4 ended up having graphics only 10% as good as what he had hoped for in 2005 when Sony originally showed the Playstation 3. Kojima really ripped Sony by saying that the Playstation 3 hardware was a big disappointment to him and his staff, because once they received the PS3 development kits, everyone realized that MGS4 wouldn't be nearly what they were hoping for. I'm glad that Kojima says the non-playable "cut-scenes" still have nice looking visuals. I'm disappointed that Kojima himself specifically says that he is disappointed with the low-resolution textures that have graphic aliasing problems. I think MGS4 will end up with a lot of 8 out of 10 scores, similar to Devil May Cry 4. But, with disappointing graphics like this, and a game that Hideo Kojima says is only 10% as good as what he originally hoped for, there is no way I see this game getting too many reviews higher than 8 out of 10.

rob3nelson
rob3nelson

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rob3nelson
rob3nelson

I interpret this as nothing less than an admission on the part of the Japanese hardware and software engineers that they can't keep up with technological juggernaut that is America. Microsoft has turned all of their puny attempts to compete to dust, as it continues to make giant strides forward in directions that will determine the future of this medium.

thebeast619
thebeast619

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thebeast619

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FullmetalGhost
FullmetalGhost

I know the game will be seperated into different countries but when he says that the game is divided into chapters, does he mean like the chapters in MGS2? 28 MORE DAYS!!!!(as of May 14)

Vonheidger
Vonheidger

the kojima's speech was everything i wanted to hear a gme designer says. perfect!

XGxAxMxExRX
XGxAxMxExRX

once this comes out. imma buy the bundle that goes with it

hovanPS3
hovanPS3

11/10...Game of the year 4 sure

Merl57
Merl57

if this game is a 10 will you buy a PS3?

Incubus420
Incubus420

I love this game But they really need to Start working on another Zone of the Enders in HD. One that will cause tons and tons of Seizures, becuase the moble suit is flying so fast. And the ability to use the controller as a way to fly....Thats what im wiating for :-)

AnthraxAngel
AnthraxAngel

That... trailer.... is.... AWSOME!!! I dont know how its possible... but its made me even more excited with what is going to be the most epic game ever!

solid_josh
solid_josh

Great news, it will definitely arrive in time, and just 3 days after my vacations starts, virtual ipod should let us play music from hardware, probably a feature but who knows. (I love how everyone just ignored that "epormada" xbot haha)

themc_7
themc_7

my poor 360 wishes to play

condemned100
condemned100

Will Metal gear solid 4 have Dog Tag Unlockables like MGS2: Substance?

Ross0_JE
Ross0_JE

aw gay i dont mind little nods at cool stuff but its completely different when they just advertise bear loads of japanese crap no one will care about in 10 years. Snake drinking regain honestly. Other than that, great article, some cool stuff, can't wait for this game. AWESOOOOOME :D

tsiper
tsiper

I hope they start a new metal gear series with raiden thats what they hinted at before. They said this was the end of snakes story but kinda the begining of Raidens journey. Here is to hoping!

tsiper
tsiper

Awesome Kojima your a video game god you rock I so can't wait for MGS4 WOOO HOOO!!!!!!!!!!! I want some regain with a dog tag I wish I was in Japan lol

Ozzie234
Ozzie234

I played MGS4 online...and wasn't too impressed. Neither by gameplay (slow) or surrondings (poor). Hopefully the real game is better. ....and not in 630p like other games recently.

epormada
epormada

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jumpnjackflash0
jumpnjackflash0

Can anyone picture what people would think if GTA started putting real products like these in their games? I've seen a lot of people make comments on how they despise ads in games. It would just seems kind of weird if solid snake starts chatting someone up on his Sony Ericsson while drinking his Regein Energy Drink and managing his Itunes.

SonOfSparda018
SonOfSparda018

This game will rock and I'm sure it will sell millions upon millions of copies. I really do hope that the series won't end with this one. I'm sure that with the big success that this game will have the game will go on some way or another.

Gifted_One
Gifted_One

For such a long article there was very little about the game itself.

jay_rock_
jay_rock_

Oh yes I been waiting a long time for this game and I'am a Big fan too,I'am so glad to hear this dran how many weeks left....

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

I recently saw the latest new trailer for the game and i am convinced that this game will once again rip up sales charts just as GTA 4 did. I know this game will be huge and just like many others around the world i simply cannot wait to get my hands on it!! A cool feature in collaboration with the ipod would have been to give players the freedom to upload there own music types into the game to listen to as they play, who knows, this idea is probably in there somewhere.

JohnnyNeat
JohnnyNeat

I love the MGS series but this better not even come near being sucky after all the wait. So yeah, I'm saying this because for me and my buds, the new MGO sucks.

Vampire_Turtle
Vampire_Turtle

Every song must end, and Snake's is falling to the final chorus.

razgriz_101
razgriz_101

Kojima better visit Scotland on the world tour that would be awesome.Also a lot of Merch in this launch seems like they want to make this series bigger again with Merch and this planned film as well Kojima is gonna get even more royalties which is good cause MGS was inovative in its own right. Kojima i praise you for making a game thats made such an impact

bourne2live
bourne2live

Well that'd be cool : snake running through gunfire and debris while listening to Aerosmith

unknown2007
unknown2007

it will probably be the last of snake. but it wont be the last of the MGS series. even if kajima commented it. they could always change theirs minds when they see how successful MGS4 is..plus if any of you have seen the long lengthy trailers of MGS4. i wont spoil it for anyone. but in the end of one of those videos. a certain character will takeover for snake.

shadystxxx
shadystxxx

MtB777 @shady and some others: Why do you keep persisting in believing that SONY makes these games? This game is made by Kojima and published by Konami for a Sony platform. God of War _was_ made by Sony, but that has nothing to do with this game. Ratchet and Clank and Resistance were not made by Sony but exclusive to their systems. Why the FUD and confusion? Having third parties make exclusive titles for your system is much more impressive than making them yourself. Having to buy out third party studios to get exclusives (ahem, Bungie - Halo) is pretty sad. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I never said sony made mgs, i never said sony made RFOM or anything, those are 3rd party exclusives, i know this, if you read my comment properly you would know this too. Someone said sony continue to make ps2 games and i said they didnt, which they dont. thats it.

shadystxxx
shadystxxx

condemned100 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Did you even read my comment fully, i never said they didnt ship ps2's anymore, i also said they make ps2's because people still buy them, i also said MS dont make xbox 1 because people dont want them, and your commenting like i said the opposite. I said Sony do not support playstation 2 with first party games anymore, i asked you name one sony first party game that was worth mentioning. And i said of course microsoft do not make xbox 1 anymore because people dont want them, it makes buisness sense why continue to make something that nobody wants. If ps2's didnt sell sony would not continue to make them any more, i said ps2 is still a viable platform for sony to make money on, as demand is still there because of the huge portfolio. I'm sure i already said all this, i was not bashing anybody just stating my thoughts on the situation, and my thought is that sony do not support there ps2 platform with first party games, and they dont, because ea make a ps2 fifa/madden etc thats not sony making games for ps2. I was just saying. "Which tells me that Microsoft only wants your Money." So sony just wants your friendship. Why do Sony continue to make/sell ps2's? Because they want the money, it makes good buisness sense. MS do not make xbox 1 anymore why? because it makes good buisness sense, why continue to make something nobody wants, its nothing to do with loyalty, and if nobody bought ps2's anymore sony wouldnt make them.

Giantsfan22
Giantsfan22

Oh man, I hope this is not the last of the Metal Gear Series. How could you leave a game series with a huge fan base and a known money maker on the table?

codepunk
codepunk

I beginning to think I'm the only one in the universe that actually does not like the MGS games. I've purchased my fair share of them and for some reason, just don't like them (same goes for Splinter Cell and other stealth-action games). Actually, now that I think about it, I do really enjoy the MG:Acid games. Those are definately full of win!