Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes shows off Fox Engine and possible open-world elements

Konami and Kojima Productions gives audiences a taste of things to come during the Metal Gear Solid 25th Anniversary shindig.

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The recent Metal Gear 25th Anniversary event at the Tokyo Midtown building did not only chronicle the history of the series in dramatic fashion and showed off new bits of Metal Gear Rising, but also introduced the next installment of the Metal Gear Solid series, complete with new workings of the new Fox Engine done up by Kojima Productions. While we can't actually show you the footage of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes that was shown since we were told not to do direct filming, at least we can tell you about what we saw during the 20 minute demo.

The scene starts in a remote military base with heavy rain. The camera is following a shadowy figure in a business suit and hat accompanied by a number of well-armed soldiers and guard dogs as he converses with a little boy in a cage. He throws a portable music player after some dialogue and the boy proceeded to use it. The rest of the scene was playing "Here's To You" from the film "Sacco e Vanzetti" (also on Metal Gear Solid 4) as the man in a coat rides off to an airfield before taking off on a helicopter to an undisclosed location. Before erasing the "XOF" emblem off of the helicopter, he took out his hat and speaks about what transpired in very vague words. His face and head was all burned-up and scarred with no hair; at this point in time, we have no idea who he is. He proceeded to toss away all a stash of mini "XOF" emblems as he flew off with the rest of the soldiers.

Yeah, that's all we can show off at the moment.

After that, out comes a spy climbing from a cliffside near the base followed by the subtitles "From FOX, two phantoms were born". As he flips up his visors, we saw the trademark eyepatch and gruff face with the facial hair: Solid Snake seems to be back at a glance. He's referred to as Snake; no, not Solid Snake, Old Snake or Naked Snake, just Snake at the moment, so there's a chance that he could be some clone or someone posing as Solid Snake. Whatever the case, he definitely looks much younger than Old Snake in Metal Gear Solid 4. Old-school fans yearning for the days of a nimbler stealth action hero can sigh with relief at this revelation.

Series creator Hideo Kojima then took centrestage and showed off the title's gameplay for a few minutes. We see Snake do what he does best: go in a prone state and sneak around (no Octocam this time; just old-fashioned crawling and hiding), as well as going into aiming mode in third person shooting a nearby guard at a security post. We should also mention that the demo gave out a sandbox open-world vibe; the military base itself felt expansive and huge, and Snake can summon a helicopter to bring him around as well as drive a jeep to go from point A to B. Kojima did state that he wishes to add a new spin to the stealth genre; even when you're discovered, you can use all the means and tools to escape rather than see a "game over" screen.

We would love to see how future demos of this would unfold; adding a sandbox element to the story-heavy Metal Gear series and having everything open-ended seems like a daunting task.We have to also state that the Fox engine looked really, really good.Everything about the demo was completely real-time. The demo itself was running on a PC and was played using an Xbox 360 controller. Nothing was spared in terms of detailing and fidelity, from the lighting and shadows during Snake's sneaking bits to the vehicles and character models in motion during the heavy rain. So far the game and its engine was designed with the PS3 and Xbox 360 in mind, but Kojima stated that the engine itself will cater itself for next gen consoles.

No release date has been announced for this upcoming entry in the Metal Gear series. We don't even know if Kojima may even pull a protagonist switcheroo (as seen in Metal Gear Solid 2), or if the open-world concept will gel well with the already vague and cryptic narrative. We don't even know which era this is all taking place in, although we gathered that it was set in a modern period, what with the jeeps and helicopters. What we can say is that Snake is back in the game and fans can look forward to more current gen tactical espionage action.

Discussion

359 comments
eliebaz
eliebaz

when it says TBA 2013 does it mean it'll be released sometime this year?

senjutsu
senjutsu

Same as usual, I'll pre-order when I can to get the game day one. Sadly for my bank account, MGS games are too good, I want to support the company fully! ^_^ And have fun as soon as I can! :P

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

Wow ... this is for the PC as well ??? Hell Yeah ... Its time to brush up my non-existent knowledge of previous Metal Gear Solid games !!!

BANNER7
BANNER7

well i cant wait to get it for 360, so far i have liked all MGS. Snake Eater is probably my favourite, i thought this would be big boss, but as i read he is known as snake for a moment, so could be another clone.

l777l
l777l

"We would love to see how future demos of this would unfold; adding a sandbox element to the story-heavy Metal Gear series and having everything open-ended seems like a daunting task."

True, and I'm not in favor of open world/sandbox stuff ruining the effective atmosphere, presentation, style, and depth of Metal Gear. If some carefully introduced, balanced, and limited elements complement the experience, then that can be good. It'd have to be something resembling Peace Walker's concept, however linearity, pacing, player guidance and direction must remian intact. I'm entirely against MGTA Solid.

eliebaz
eliebaz

I hope they don't pull an MGS2 where you play as snake for an hour then the rest of the game is someone else :P 

Lord_Uhtred
Lord_Uhtred

The rifle in the photograph looks like FN FNC. I'd be willing to bet.

ajhu_2003
ajhu_2003

The games needs to come on PC already!

Tank_Buster
Tank_Buster

I'm going to assume this game will be about younger Big Boss. Though this is only going off of the one photo posted here,his H harness has old school 70s-90s era equipment and the night vision goggles he has on are considered obsolete. Snake typically uses the most advanced tech in MGS games, so I'm just making a guess here that it's Big Boss.

ShadowOfKratos
ShadowOfKratos

Hopefully there won't be anymore back-pain... And hopefully, the demo wasn't misleading about who the main player is. Remember MGS2? Advertisement and demo with snake and 90% of the actual game was with Raiden (who no one knew until they bought the game).

silent_riku
silent_riku

Was the image mirrored? Because the Militaires sans Frontieres logo on his arm is switched from left to right. Or maybe this is a young Solidus Snake? And he decided to make his own Militaires sans Frontieres? Complete with a switched logo. That still counts as Trademark infringement though.

Lei_11
Lei_11

MGS4 kind of made my hope for the series wane a little but..  SO EXCITED!!

trivolution
trivolution

Solid Snake or Big Boss, I am waiting.

Jimbowesker
Jimbowesker

Wow pumped for this!! Best news I've heard in a long time. however, as much as I wish this would star Solid Snake, I can just about guarantee it will be Big Boss which I will take too. I hope it Solid but has to be Big Boss he is so young there. Unless, it is a new quest set in Solids past?? No telling what Kojima has up his sleeve!! But I can't wait to find out!!

AngryOldFeral
AngryOldFeral

Going to love kicking ass as Big Boss again. And yeah, that is Big Boss. Thats the Militaires Sans Frontieres (MSF, "Soldiers Without Borders") that Peacewalker focused on. Also, that's the Sneaking Suit from Peacewalker. 

 

Then again, Kojima also had all of the imagery for Raiden replaced with Snake in everything before MGS2, so we all know the dude can troll and know not to trust anything. :P 

don_bidarian
don_bidarian

since they demonstrated on PC, I say this is next gen.

considering it takes Kojima and his guys several years to make a MGS, it makes sense that this be next gen.

espernay
espernay

i think this is big boss.. solid snake dont have a beard and a wrinkled cheek. the picture is inverted thats why the patch is on left. LOL... nah i think its solidus....

keyb0red
keyb0red

Snaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaake!

Shengy89
Shengy89

Big Boss has an eye patch on his right eye. This one has it on his left. So, I don't know anymore. We'll just have to wait and see.

Phantom_2
Phantom_2

from the pic it looks like its big boss since theres the msf logo. 

julgamespot1
julgamespot1

Based on the pic the game looks amazing. Can't wait!! Even though i'm a big MGS fan I (ironically) wasn't jumping for joy when I heard Kojima was workin on a new MGS instead of a new series but i'm amped because MGS games are always amazing. 

junglist101
junglist101

Bet this will end up next gen....which would be fine with me.

Alex323
Alex323

hmmm im so happy about this but i just cant shake the feeling Kojima might be tricking us somehow with that pic... hes always full of surprises!

JimReno
JimReno

Here's the thing. We can pore over this image as much as we want, finding every little detail, decide, "Oh, it's obviously Big Boss, look at [such and such]," but everyone seems to be forgetting one thing.  This is Kojima we're dealing with; for all we know he intentionally released this mirrored picture just to make us all notice the exact right things to come to the exact wrong conclusion.  And that's not even accounting for the possibility that even if this is Big Boss (as it appears to be), even that in itself could just be Kojima fucking with everyone.

havefunman
havefunman

Big Boss For sure he has the MSF logo on his suit

killip
killip

The picture is flipped. It is definitely Big Boss.

chazzeromus
chazzeromus

"The demo itself was running on a PC and was played using an Xbox 360 controller"

Why you do that koji? You realize any beauties will be traded off during the console porting?

crasha12
crasha12

this is in fact big boss. eye patch, MSF insignia, and plus he doesn't have the bandana. he threw it away in peace walker. so i say this is surely big boss

ERoBB
ERoBB

Solid Snake doesn't have an eye patch. Big Boss does. Boss has gone by the codename Snake.

keroro645
keroro645

It's obvious the Snake in the picture is not Solid Snake, but Big Boss himself. You may not see the eye patch very well but the MSF patch on his arm proves it.

PcGamer4Ever1
PcGamer4Ever1

Another Console exclusive came to PC . Even game was demonstrated on PC . Console gaming is dying .

senjutsu
senjutsu

I'm hoping it will be released on the next gen consoles instead of this gen. I have many games to finish, and I'd like a good reason to be the next gen on day one, lol. A MGS game IS a good reason for a day one buy of a new console. I will surely buy the PS4 since most good games were on the PS3 instead of the x360, but I'll surely buy the x720 later anyway. But not the wiiu, lol. Never.

istuffedsunny
istuffedsunny

I don't think this will be your typical MGS. I think it will be focused on co-op and multiplayer, not story. That's why it's not called MGS5

KainL
KainL

long-time MGS fans, the eyepatch band seems to cover which eye?, and if it is Solid Snake's Solideye, he would not need the ENVG, so I'm not 100% sure yet, but guess who?

RustedTruck650
RustedTruck650

Metal Gear Solid on the next gen consoles!!! This can only mean one thing: ""REJOICE"".

silent_riku
silent_riku

 @Tank_Buster Unless they decide to pull yet another Snake clone into the spotlight, your guess will most likely be right. I'm personally hoping for a Solidus Snake but I'm guessing this image was just mirrored and that's the only reason the Militaires sans Frontieres logo is facing the opposite way.

gogeta1903
gogeta1903

 @trivolution I know noone has officially stated it, but i would assume that this is Big Boss

gamergath
gamergath

 @keyb0red Mei Ling would love to say that! Sure miss her chinese proverb sayings!

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

@PcGamer4Ever1 it's not so much that consoles are dying (well partly for the time being)' but more so that the days of exclusivity are over. No one is going to buy a console for a specific title anymore, that loyalty is gone. And yes of course the pc is the best for gaming. I agree.

pqwoei
pqwoei

 @RustedTruck650 So far the game and its engine was designed with the PS3 and Xbox 360 in mind, but Kojima stated that the engine itself will cater itself for next gen consoles. Meaning Kojima is planning to release the game in current gen consoles but the fox engine is more suited for next gen consoles, so I'm not sure if we should be rejoicing just yet

ramoswt
ramoswt

@HipHopBeats @don_bidarian Where did you read this