TGS '07: MGS trailer, Wii top Konami press event

Japanese publisher shows off Metal Gear Solid 4 at Asia's biggest game event in Tokyo, reveals series of Wii fitness games, Winning Eleven, and more. HD trailer inside.

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TOKYO--Just hours before the official starting bell of the 2007 Tokyo Game Show, Konami has gathered international press in an intimate conference room at the Konami Digital Entertainment headquarters in Akasaka for its preshow media briefing.

The company has already revealed what is likely to be its most important showpiece at TGS--the playable debut of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots--as well as the requisite updates on other Metal Gear titles, and the Winning Eleven soccer franchise. It will also be touting several "fitness-focused" products based on yoga, Pilates, and other forms of exercise.

Despite the announcement of products to be discussed, the press assembled at Konami's event seems eager to see what else Konami may have in store. Seating is quickly filling up in the conference room, and the presentation should begin in moments.

[11:06 PDT] The conference is beginning with president Fumiaki Tanaka taking the stage to offer opening comments on TGS and Konami's future direction.

[11:10] Tanaka moves straight into discussion of the company's upcoming lineup, which will become stronger now that the next-generation systems have all launched.

[11:11] He mentions the Wii first as a platform that will bring out Konami's competitive edge, but says the company will leverage the strengths of all the available platforms.

[11:11] "It is the era of networking," so Konami must focus on communication as one of three primary development tenets.

[11:12] The second is health; players should stay healthy and in shape.

[11:12] Third is language, with game players literally spanning the globe. Konami will strengthen its localization efforts in multiple territories going forward.

[11:16] Tanaka bids the audience adieu, and welcomes executive producer Katsunori Okita to present two games. The first is a new DS-based adventure game called Time Hollow: In Search of the Taken Past (a working title and probably rough translation). He says the game will allow players to dabble in the possibilities of changing history.

[11:17] You'll play a boy who obtains a pen that is able to modify aspects of the past. The rub is that someone has already changed history and affected your character's loved ones, so you'll have to further modify past events to help these other characters.

Konami Digital Entertainment President, Fumiaki Tanaka

[11:19] Okita stresses the importance of story in adventure games, and writer Takehito Hata will be contributing the story for the game. Now, a trailer.

[11:20] An anime-style hand-animated trailer shows the use of the time pen, which will let you select and apparently modify parts of the environment. Conversations will be presented with up-close anime-style character portraits.

[11:22] Animated examples of what the gameplay may be like include a burning building around which a circle is drawn with the time pen, after which the building reverts back to its original, undamaged state. The game will be playable at TGS, so we'll bring you more concrete details from the show.

[11:25] Next up is Silent Hill Zero, otherwise known in North America as Silent Hill: Origins. We've played this one a number of times before, and in fact it's due out in a couple of months. We watch a new trailer depicting the macabre survival horror gameplay and unsettling monster design of the series.

[11:27] Okita mentions the ongoing development of Silent Hill V, which was announced (barely) at E3 in July. The game is due out in 2008. No more details on this one--sorry, folks. Konami is planning to get the Silent Hill property out there in other forms of media in the future as well.

[11:28] And now for something completely different... We've got some "beauty navigation" software. The words Dream Skincare are on the screen. Where are we again?

[11:30] Video of a couple of Japanese ladies practicing various exercises and talking about them, and--okay, so there's a DS game or three related to this. Give us a minute here.

[11:31] Scratch that, they're not offering many more details on the games. There are three main concepts in this product line, though: entertainment, exercise, and self-management.

[11:33] Sounds similar to what Nintendo's going for with Wii Fit, in that you're meant to have fun moving around while tracking your fitness progress over time.

Producer Katsunori Okita discusses a broad range of upcoming games--everything from Silent Hill to fitness games.

[11:34] "To become healthy and beautiful while having fun" is the gist of it. Is this kind of thing going to catch on? We're certainly seeing a lot of it all of a sudden.

[11:37] Another trailer. More people having fun exercising. Witness what Nintendo's success hath wrought.

[11:38] Okita says to expect a stage demo detailing all this madness at TGS. Next up is Kazuya Takahashi, executive producer of online content production, here to talk about "online and mobile" stuff.

[11:41] Mobile phones are everywhere, he says (duh). Konami wants to use this ubiquitous content delivery method to roll out "super-rich" content and to leverage content rollouts on multiple platforms.

[11:42] Takahashi talks about the rapid evolution of cellular gaming in Japan over the last six years, with game sizes and complexity increasing year by year. And then, hey, it's Metal Gear Solid Mobile! Konami would like to deploy it worldwide.

[11:43] Next is one of Konami's flagship mobile products, Winning Eleven Mobile 2, which will add a moving-camera perspective.

[11:45] Many people are using their phones horizontally, which allows for a widescreen baseball game shown onscreen. Next, Silent Hill: The Escape, exclusive to phones. The game will be able to determine which way you're physically walking, and this will factor into the gameplay. You can bet there's no phone in the US capable of running this game right now.

[11:46] Everyone's favorite anime dating simulation, Tokimeki Memorial 2, is the largest cell phone game available so far.

[11:47] There sure are a lot of cell phone games out in Japan.

[11:47] Quiz Magic Academy Mobile 2 is--you guessed it!--a quiz game for your phone. It's got a fantasy theme and anime-style artwork.

[11:49] Say what you want about phone games, but there's no denying they're big business. There are some big sales figures rolling across the screen.

[11:53] Now moving on to executive producer Shinji Enomoto, who will talk about Winning Eleven.

[11:54] Business and financials talk on the series. Short version: Winning Eleven sells a lot of copies.

[11:56] Now moving on to Winning Eleven 2008, which has a pretty snazzy logo (as he says). Now a trailer.

[11:58] Much in-game footage shown of international stars like Cristiano Ronaldo and others. Enomoto talks about some new features illustrated in screenshots, such as players being able to pull on other players' uniforms, and being able to increase the number of players blocking a free kick.

[12:00] Camera support--all the rage in sports games--is in here now. Looks like you can generate characters with the camera. The game is out in most territories late this year, then early 2008 in North America.

[12:00] Now on to the Wii version of Winning Eleven.

[12:02] Okay, not much said about the Wii version. Should be out next year. Moving on...

Winning Eleven Productions Executive Producer Shinji Enomoto talks about all the versions of the highly regarded soccer game.

[12:05] Now it's Kazuhiko Uehara, executive producer from Pawapuro Production ("PPP"). Baseball!

[12:07] First up is Jikkyou Powerful Major League 2, with its silly, bobble-headed, no-mouth characters. It's hitting the PlayStation 2 in Japan in early October.

[12:09] The series will make its debut in the US as MLB Power Pros, on both the Wii and PS2. It looks from the box art shown onscreen that 2K Sports will be involved in the publishing on this one.

[12:13] Lastly, it's Pawapuro-Kun Pocket 10 for the DS, which will have Wi-Fi online competitive play.

[12:14] Next, Yoshihiko Ota, executive producer of Bemani Productions. You know, Beatmania. Rhythm games. Konami makes a lot of 'em! Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Freaks, Drum Mania, Pop'n Music, and Beatmania are all onscreen.

[12:16] Bemani products will be going worldwide soon, and online play will help new players get up to speed with the various franchises under that umbrella.

[12:18] Now it's on to DDR Hottest Party on the Wii. "Wii love dance," yes "wii" do.

[12:18] The game will have you dancing using your whole body, since you'll have to use the remote and Nunchuk to register arm movements along with your foot-pad input.

[12:19] The game will support up to four players at one time--on one console, presumably. The multiplayer will feature a cooperative mode.

[12:24] Trailer rolls on Hottest Party. Graphics are on par with the Wii. We get some video demoing the use of the controllers for arm movements--looks rudimentary so far, with some young children and their parents shown demonstrating the motions.

[12:25] Game is out in late October in Japan.

[12:27] Ah, the big moment--Hideo Kojima comes out to present Metal Gear Solid 4. First, a new trailer. No English interpretation provided on this one. Bear with us, folks.

[12:28] First we see a character who's probably Naomi Hunter, talking frantically about the Foxdie virus into the camera, as if someone is approaching.

[12:34] Okay, we haven't seen that much concentrated craziness since MGS4 was unveiled. Give us a moment to digest. Konami has promised you'll be seeing a nice clean version of this trailer online once TGS starts.

[12:39] Sorry folks, connection issues. Ah, the excitement of live blogging. Let us look at this MGS: Portable Ops Plus trailer and then backtrack.

[12:42] Plus will feature new mechanics and new gameplay. The trailer finishes off with what appears to be a playable version of the old Solid Snake from MGS4. Game is out in Japanese stores tomorrow. Looks like an expansion pack on top of the original Portable Ops.

[12:44] Prior to that, we saw a new trailer for Metal Gear Online on the PlayStation 3. We'll be getting six-versus-six hands-on with the game at TGS tomorrow, so stay tuned for a report on that. The trailer showed typical Metal Gear combat in a number of environments, and it looks like you'll be able to use the little Metal Gear Mark II robot from MGS4 in combat in MGO as well. Lastly, we saw a character launched into the air from a sort of catapult, almost Halo-3-man-cannon-style. However, it's unclear whether this is part of the gameplay.

[12:45] Now we see the MGS2 digital comic for the PSP, based on the game of the same name. It's similar to the first MGS PSP comic, except this one has full voiceover. Now moving on to Metal Gear Solid Mobile.

[12:45] The game is in full 3D, though with a fairly low frame rate. Naturally, it seems to be based on the first MGS, though the mullet quotient seems to have been enhanced considerably.

[12:48] Yeah, so how about that MGS4 trailer? It was totally nuts. TOTALLY.

[12:49] Okay, we've got a script for that trailer right here in front of us. In English. Joy!

[12:50] In that first scene with Dr. Hunter, she talks about how Liquid Snake is holding her prisoner and forcing her to hijack the "system" because she knows how Foxdie works. She begs Snake to rescue her.

Hideo Kojima takes the stage to talk a whole lot about Metal Gear.

[12:53] The next scene showed Meryl, the bald African-American character from previous trailers named Ed, and a few other armed soldiers moving cautiously through an enclosed car park. Meryl says "These guys are Liquid's private army. Shoot first, think later." They soon engage in a firefight with a number of soldiers in metallic, futuristic armored suits, before Solid Snake emerges from the shadows and saves the team.

[12:54] Meryl talks about the network of nanomachines in each of her soldiers' bodies, which allows her and her team to literally share each other's senses and "operate as one."

[12:56] All throughout these sequences, titles popped onscreen: "Final Chapter of the Metal Gear Saga."

[12:56] "Final Mission of Snake."

[12:56] "Finally, Everything Will Be Revealed!"

[12:58] Next up, we see Snake talking to a slightly shady new character who calls himself Drebin. The guy's a "gun launderer" who takes the genetically-encoded weapons of MGS4's future private military companies and unlocks them for use by anyone. The guy describes himself as "neither enemy, nor friend," but it sounds like his services will come in pretty handy. The guy apparently likes to keep a small primate around with him. Comic relief, anyone?

[1:00] Snake questions Drebin on the identity of the Patriots, asking if they're even human. "Not anymore, they ain't." Then we get shots of a strange little girl named Sunny, who Otacon says was taken by the Patriots at birth.

[1:03] Snake encounters an older, wrinkled blonde woman who compliments his close-quarters combat technique. She says "Call me Mama. Big Mama." But this script we've got reveals her name as Eva! Seems like everyone in any Metal Gear, ever, is showing up in this purported last installment.

[1:06] Excitement in the trailer reaches fever pitch by this time. Finally we see Snake taking a stand against Revolver Ocelot/Liquid Snake, who appears to be piloting the same Metal Gear RAY unit he was last seen escaping in at the end of MGS2.

[1:06] Lastly, dialogue between Naomi and Sunny, during which Sunny says "Her name was Olga... my mother." See? Every character ever.

[1:15] That's all the major plot points we managed to catch while also fumbling with a three-page script and trying to fix a dead Wi-Fi connection. Excuses, excuses. We surely missed a lot of cool details and action in this trailer, but like we said, the video will be available--in English--when TGS starts tomorrow.

[1:16] The most striking thing about the trailer is that none of it took place in that same Middle Eastern village environment we've seen ad nauseam for the last two years. Looks like the story of MGS4 will span a multitude of locations. Again, keep your eyes peeled on GameSpot for that trailer tomorrow, as well as hands-on info from all this Metal Gear madness.

[1:19] The briefing is long over by now, and Konami personnel have politely escorted us out of the venue. Sorry about that interruption in service. Look for a whole lot more reporting on Konami's lineup and everything else at the Tokyo Game Show in the coming days.

Discussion

334 comments
GrimBee
GrimBee

Billyny6953 - ""MGS3 was amazing. MGS2 was ok"" It was me who said that - and I stick by it. Why? Well - MGS2 had uninspired locations, a lack of truely great boss battles that out-matched the previous title and overly long plot which was focussed entirely on an oil-rig. I agree that alot of parts were amazing in MGS2, but personally (everyone has their own point of view you know) I got more of a kick playing as the first Snake in existence, fighting against The End, seeing Revolver Ocelot in his youth and trudging through the Jungle than play through 10 hours of Raiden moaning about his real name... Anyways - The first MGS game is (and probably always will be) my favourite, the tension, great story, unique and varied boss battles and superb characters make it my favourite. Also the difference in locations, snowy-footsteps, sniping from a distance, close quarters stealth - its all there in the first one. But its all in-doors in the second one. And I much prefer the scape of the levels in MGS3, plus there are far greater combat sequences in the 3rd game. And in twin snakes, the remade combat sequences are awesome. So yeah, "MGS3 was amazing. MGS2 was ok" may be the most illogical thing you have heard, but that is your opinion :P

Agermemnon
Agermemnon

@BILLYNYE6983 they plan on using all of the storage capacity of a blu-ray disc lol and how many dvd's will Crysis be on ? do you get my point ?

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

A wii version of WE? Still kinda skeptical how that will turn out

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

A wii version of WE? Still kinda skeptical how that will turn out

BILLNYE6983
BILLNYE6983

Agermemnon, "I don't get all these people saying MGS4 won't be appearing on the 360 lol and your so sure because ? didn't he say Kojima say when asked not to long ago we will just have to wait and see with a grin or something ? just deal with it , trust me your life will continue as it did before and don't forget please MGS are KONAMI owned games and the series didn't start on a sony console . thank you" Well Metal Gear SOLID, did in fact start on a Sony console, MG didn't though. Trust me... nobody counts Metal Gear, Metal Gear SOLID is what made Hideo Kojima become a (nerdy) household name. Speaking of 'that guy', he has already said he is currently sticking with the PS3, and that he plans on using almost all of a 50 gb blu-ray disk... making that game for the 360 will be pretty hard... and probably won't be that good. Either way, this game will probably get game of the year in 2008. I'll leave you with what I think is quite possibly the most rediculous thing I've ever heard: "MGS3 was amazing. MGS2 was ok" The best game in the series... ok, and the worst in the series (not that it is bad... just not as good as the other two) is amazing... how illogical.

Gamemaster1588
Gamemaster1588

I Agree With this. ____________________________________________________ finaleve Spookykow > I wanna doubt the latter. Konami isn't owned by Sony while Bungie is owned by Microsoft. Bungie can't support the other consoles, while Konami has been. So theres a better chance of it making an appearance, since MGS2 was on the original XBox. If anything, the special edition of MGS4 (Substance or subsistance or whatever they want to call it next) will go 360. Trailer was a lot better this time around, IMO. This game will completely tie in all the other games. Can not wait to play it.

finaleve
finaleve

Spookykow > I wanna doubt the latter. Konami isn't owned by Sony while Bungie is owned by Microsoft. Bungie can't support the other consoles, while Konami has been. So theres a better chance of it making an appearance, since MGS2 was on the original XBox. If anything, the special edition of MGS4 (Substance or subsistance or whatever they want to call it next) will go 360. Trailer was a lot better this time around, IMO. This game will completely tie in all the other games. Can not wait to play it.

ctg867
ctg867

Silent Hill: Origins looks freakin sweet. That's on my too buy list. I'm so glad to know that there are some real high quality games coming soon on the PSP. I really don't care about MGS Mobile. Mobile is huge in Japan, not here. Moving on and ignoring all the casual, mobile, and Wii junk. Sorry, I'm just not interested. MGS4 is looking better and better each day. They could blow this up and get some really huge marketing out there. MGS PO Plus looks alright, but it wont get me to rebuy MGS PO for some new junk. Also MGO looks pretty cool. Oh and the digital comic is kinda cool too. Bring on the MGS love, as long as it's not on a mobile phone >_>

XanderZane
XanderZane

Well, Silent Hill V is coming to the XBox 360, but what else is Konami bringing? No Castlevania!? Konami never supports XBox like it should. Capcom is raking in the big buck because they support XBox 360.

One-Star-Bandit
One-Star-Bandit

I really hope this comes to the 360, but I'm sure it won't.

Spookykow
Spookykow

You'll see Halo 3 on the PSP before you see MGS4 on the 360. Seriously..

Agermemnon
Agermemnon

I don't get all these people saying MGS4 won't be appearing on the 360 lol and your so sure because ? didn't he say Kojima say when asked not to long ago we will just have to wait and see with a grin or something ? just deal with it , trust me your life will continue as it did before and don't forget please MGS are KONAMI owned games and the series didn't start on a sony console . thank you

Auron772
Auron772

to answer whoever it was who asked if my name came from FFX = playstation, yeh, i love my PS2...but the PS3.....i'll put it bluntly, i wouldnt touch that thing with a 10 foot pole

params7
params7

Can't wait for Silent Hill Origins and MGS4.

GrimBee
GrimBee

MGS trailer is good. I hoped that the game would explore different locations and terrain and take advantage of the Ps3's ability to render all kinds of stuff like that. I hope the game offers more than just the amazing staple storyline. MGS3 was amazing, MGS2 was ok, MGS twin Snakes was awesome (I loved the remake on the GC). I hope this game isn't JUST warehouses and deserted towns. But whatever happens - Im sure Kojima has made the best of the locations on offer in the game. Can't wait to play it, but I hope that this time there is more than just the story to play through!

Jokul
Jokul

Wow, that was a stunning trailer which ties up loads of loose ends from MGS and MGS2. I can't believe we get to see MG Ray and MG Rex in the same game, I honestly thought RAY was gone after MGS2 so to it again is really cool. And the fact that we've got Olga's daughter as well is cool I thought she might have died in MGS2 after olga helps you out. Fantastic looking game

Veni_Vedi_Vechi
Veni_Vedi_Vechi

Is MG4 turning into halo in relation to how much talk and trailers are coming out " ohh breaking news guys and girls a new 10 minute trailer showing various snake poses" JUST SHUT UP AND BRING OUT THE GAME ALREADY

trickyspider
trickyspider

haha who cares wat console it comes to... i kno it will be comin to 360 4 sure anyway at the end and yea den i will have all da kul games... halo 3, DMC4, resident evil 5, to name a few on nd did i mention ninja gaiden 2... uz cnt say if its not going to come to the 360 cuz uz dnt make da game lol....

Hector_01
Hector_01

I have played all the mgs games and finished them all and i gotta say this is gonna be ausome!!! I dont own a ps3 (pc gamer here) but i would love to give this game a go. And what the hell is the end boss from mgs 3 doin in this game lol, i thought you killed her at the end but hey this is mgs.

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

wohow.......does this game sounds like its about to go out with a huge bang or what....so many characters from the metal gear solid universe....heck i wouldn't be shocked if the final boss behind this final chapter to take out is the man BIG BOSS himself in a all out snake vs snake battle of the century epic (note: spoiler!...lol). This game is going to be huge no doubt and although i know that its exclusive to the ps3 i wouldn't doubt that exclusivity for long!

Rockman_00X
Rockman_00X

@Floms While it's true MGS won't happen on 360, there's a very good possibility it'll happen on the Wii. Hideo Kojima has blatently expressed his interest and friendship with his buddie at Nintendo. Hence the reason Snake will be in SSBB. Not to mention the GC exclusive Twin Snakes. Once MGS4 is done, and Kojima's contract is up with Sony, expect to see MGS and/or other Kojima produced games on the Wii or even DS.

Floms
Floms

Afghan dont bother this is never going to happend MGS4 is never going to be on the 360, so save your money and spend it whisly on a PS3 dont dream about something its no going to happend

kev090
kev090

did HellsAngel2c just say he doesnt see MGS4 doing that well on the 360 because 360 gamers interested in the game?? are you crazy?!?!? this franchise is what i'd like to call an "ultimate". meaning, this franchise is soo great that any gamer should be extremely familiar, if not EXPERIENCED, in such a game. ANYBODY would want this game on their console. ANYBODY, including me, a 360 gamer, will buy this game. I've played Metal Gear 1 + 2, and Metal Gear Solid 1 - 3, and I pray that this game releases for the 360 or i'll have to wait forever to get my hands on a PS3. I just really like the MGS series (and FF series but thats for another time) and I would love to play it, I'm just not willing to pay wad of cash for it (even though it will be an experience that I'll remember for a life-time) :)

saving_Life1247
saving_Life1247

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princeofshapeir
princeofshapeir

Metal Gear Solid 4 will never come out on the 360... It was the first title that was shown real-time on the PS3. No way will it come to 360.

Afghan_Warrior
Afghan_Warrior

This game will be out on 360 a few months after the PS3 version. Save your money, boys.

HellsAngel2c
HellsAngel2c

i doubt mgs4 will do THAT well if it went to 360. i dont see the actual interest from 360 gamers to actually BUY the series... but anyways...cool stuff

GameCrazy22r
GameCrazy22r

I hope auron didnt get his name from FFX = playstation lol

Phoenix2Raven
Phoenix2Raven

Time Hollow: In Search of the Taken Past sounds cool.

wertyui5467
wertyui5467

"MUCH bigger profit then if it were on the PS3, and thats the only reason developers truly develop games, for the profit"-Auron772 NOOO!!! ...yes they want the profit...butmany game developers do it cause the public wants the games...I mean no one would buy the sequals if the company didn't want it to be good...right??? ...btw nintendo and capcom(MHF2) have proved this to me!!

herozs
herozs

no zoe 3!!!! not fair

Ryuku
Ryuku

Auron772 unless you know business secerts between Sony and Konami, also can prove that sony bribe them, by all means speak ... if not don't use rumors here.

RazorBat
RazorBat

More Metal Gear titles? What a suprise...

EmptySki
EmptySki

cant wait for mgs4 and the new silent hill psp game!

greatestali
greatestali

noooooooooooo snake's last mission (and stfu about this being on 360 don't u guys have halo?)

Auron772
Auron772

why, it would only be right that Konami put MGS on the 360, MUCH bigger profit then if it were on the PS3, and thats the only reason developers truly develop games, for the profit

Auron772
Auron772

sad, if it werent for Sony bribing konami into keeping MGS4 on the PS3 they would have gone 360 ages ago, so sad :(

u_poop
u_poop

smells kike sex noob

Gamemaster1588
Gamemaster1588

Well, I'm not too big on the Metal gear series, however, I really hope this turns out to be a good game. I am sure it will becasue though I don't like the genre, they are really great games. And though I don't own a PS3 (I have a 360 and Wii, No, I'm not a fanboy I like all systems) I am wanting to play this game to see how it will be. Darn College and costing me $7000 of my own income and not being able to afford a PS3!

u_poop
u_poop

"i am big mama!!" i hope they make her fat that would be realy funny

_spurs_
_spurs_

mgs4 is going to have a great/confusing plot with all these characters, its still going to be the best ps3 game.

OrianaDorta
OrianaDorta

this is sad... Snake's last mission:(

PSdual_wielder
PSdual_wielder

HOLY CRAP!!! Eva is in the game?? Though I doubt there'll be an english version, I hope there'll be at least a subbed version up on the ps store tomorrow. I have to see this one.