New Kojima/Konami teaser reveals 'Mask'

[UPDATE] After torturing Metal Gear Solid fans for weeks with cryptic hints and countdowns, yet another mysterious site surfaces. Is this the long-awaited Snatcher remake? Kojima countdown clock not expiring on Monday, June 1 at 3 p.m.

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So far, Konami's publicity department has had a pretty sadistic 2009. After famed designer Hideo Kojima teased "the next MGS" at the end of his 2009 Game Developers Conference keynote address, his publisher partner rolled out a drip-teaser campaign that has bordered on torturous. After teasing a big Kojima Productions announcement as coming May 18, Konami launched a teaser page bearing a countdown timer that ended three days later with...another countdown timer. This was followed five days later with one more countdown timer, accompanied by an image of MGS series character Big Boss, which is set to expire at 3 p.m. on Monday, June 1-the day before the Electronic Entertainment Expo kicks off. It was originally set for the same time on Sunday, May 31.

Invasion of the E3 Snatchers?
Invasion of the E3 Snatchers?

Now the teaser site has changed again, revealing yet another teaser site for what might be an all-new IP. Sometime this week, the Kojima Productions logo in the lower right-hand side of the page was obscured by what looks like a ghostly face. The face also links to the URL www.konami.jp/kojima_pro/mask/, which yields a black page with the Konami and Kojima logos in the top two corners. The center of the page is filled with a metallic mask of a feminine face reminiscent of the classic silent film Metropolis, with a second face in the motif on the mask's forehead.

Though the information in the HTML only says "KOJIMA PRODUCTION 'Mask,'" there is no shortage of theories about what the teaser site is for. Besides the obvious prospect of an all-new IP, the most common hypothesis is that the game being teased is a reboot of Snatcher, the Kojima-designed digital-comic adventure released on various platforms in the late '80s and early '90s. The game's main antagonists are a race of "bioroids"--artificial biomechanical beings like the characters in the anime Ghost in the Shell--leading to speculation that the mask on the page may belong to one.

Another reason to suspect that the mask page is for Snatcher is that Kojima himself has said he is working on a remake. In a 2007 interview with Famitsu spotted by gaming blog Joystiq, Grasshopper Manufacture chief Goichi Suda confirmed that his long-germinating collaboration with Kojima, "Project S," was indeed based on both Snatcher and a radio drama inspired by it. "I think I will call it 'Snatchers.' I can't talk about the details of the story at this point," he reportedly told the Japanese gaming magazine.

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emkplayboy6

I'm scared some one hold me! Yow!!!

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SQUALL20XX

What is it?

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SSBFan12

I think it looks very awesome I can't wait to get it.

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mookid05

It's Castlevania - Lords of Shadow!

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asian_pride69

Probably a new Snatchers game. I seriously don't know....

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PSFreak1

wat does the mask mean?

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pakhair

Wasn't any big surprise...........

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Senge

Heh, sadistic. Gotta be patient, but my curiosity is peaked. And that mask is damned cryptic...

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gmax

I guess their campaign is working.

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jazzmanalpha33

@ zaqcdebgt9513 Yes, I saw that version of the image too. The mask was cracked in a very creepy way, and something could be sort of seen underneath it. Not that way anymore... maybe it takes a few refreshes.

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zaqcdebgt9513

how come the first time I saw that mask image the head was broken (showing some sort of artifact inside) and there were dark cracks coming from the eyes? Anyone else see this?

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guynamedyeah

]oh well. big boss is cool enough to enjoy on the small screen.

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bboysleepy32

I heard that MGS Rising is going to PS3 and PC from another article

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Cap3115

this sucks too much waiting

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MP1289

What about BIG BOSS!!!???

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badboyx5

so how is this game supposed to be better then MGS4? how are you going to top MGS4...he is not...this is not the next best Metal Gear this is just a random Metal Gear for all the Xbox fans....

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brunod_f

will mgs rising be for the xbox AND ps3,or exclusively for the xbox?

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DarkNeoBahamut

I guess we all know what it means now

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SocialAnXieTy

I don't even care anymore.. there's a MGS coming to X360, they can do what they like now.

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vengeance00

@ Ocelote_Liquid its been confirmed it's raiden for the 360 and PS3 game Metal Gear Solid: Rising.

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Sharvie

Honestly Im just bored of the teasers. It's getting to the point where i just dont care anymore.

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chazzwozzer500

ugh i give up we've only got about 3 and a half hours to go so i reeeeallly cant be bothered with it

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Get_Shorty

Isn't that what Raiden looks like now since MSG4

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badboyx5

i think kojima is f** with us now....wtf.....8? and sunny? wow....im lost....ill just wait till this dam thing is announced.

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borninvincible

this has got me amped...

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arsnakeheart

About the 8 being sun... Yeah, it could be it, or "day"!

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alkaline_DnB

ugh...wtf.

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Dixteel

The 8 could be a Japanese (in Chinese the same character) for Sun. It has got to have something to do with Sunny...even that sun in the cloud looks like egg in pan.

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cyberdarkkid

I hope this is good.

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Mcgnnis1

man...why can't Mr. Kojima announce a new Z.O.E game? although i don't really care what game it is but it would have been nice if there was a hint of a new Z.O.E game....(sigh)...

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Gamer4Iife

Great. More teasers. :P

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shinian

drivinggod2005: I think that this will be good. You have to be over 18 years old to enter the MASK site. There aren't many M games which turned out to be medicore.

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drivinggod2005

This better be good.

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LithuanianGamer

This is taking too long

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contentxcontext

now theres the sound of eather birds or metal scraping (like a childs bike) added to the sound of the sea.

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contentxcontext

does that 8 look like the ds?? lol

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Mikethechimp

IT'S A NEW METAL GEAR SOLID FOR THE PSP. We know, Kojima, it's been leaked days ago.

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contentxcontext

its deffo an 8. or something in japanise that looks like 8. maybe you get to play through the whole metal gear saga with 8 different characters points of view. lol. Or maybe it means nothing at all.

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Ocelote_Liquid

So what does it mean that 8 OR 0 ? , and thats the only clue left now untill the count down expires hopefully we find some hints more useful eh

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ognen

interesting.

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contentxcontext

im just working on getting an image online.

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contentxcontext

its probably because its morning here. uk.

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bboysleepy32

still looks the same in west coast

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contentxcontext

anyone elce seen the first site (mgs next) the storms over , all we have now is a SUNNY day and the sound of sea hitting the beach. And an 8 is all thats showing up now.

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SmartGhost

Wait ninja gray fox or old school there both sick i dont care

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bboysleepy32

It would be tight to see a MGS game based on Grey Fox or Snake's life in war with Grey Fox... anything would be nice!!!

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TheodenofRohan

I'd also like to see a GrayFox story

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Indyguy

Is it just me, or every night when the mask breaks....is the broken mask getting worse? looks like the edges are making their way in...