Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Kojima Productions

Metal Gear Online gameplay trailer, screenshots released

Konami has debuted gameplay from Metal Gear Online, the multiplayer component from the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The four-minute-long trailer was revealed at The Game Awards 2014. According to the announcement accompanying the video, Online will be available for free and transition into elements of the single-player mode. The game will feature graphical and mechanical updates in line with The Phantom Pain’s additions, a class-based system, and appearances by prominent characters, including Ocelot and Venom Snake.

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain E3 demo footage released

Update! The livestream of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain’s E3 theater demo from Kojima Productions’ Twitch Channel that was previously here has been replaced with a Youtube video. Those who missed the streaming event can now check it out, and for those who tuned in, see it again in 720p. The demo playthrough runs at just over half an hour long.

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Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes detected (!) in stores, online

Metal Gear Solid V Ground Zeroes (360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Konami has released the prequel to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Ground Zeroes. Available in stores and online for 360, PS3, PS4, and Xbox One, Ground Zeroes follows Big Boss as he tackles a rescue mission inside of a Cuban prison camp. The 1975 op sees him sneaking into Camp Omega, which will allow players to attempt the rescue through pure stealth, action, or a combination of the two. The assignment also allows players to exerpience many of the new features, including a day-and-night cycle, dynamic weather, and second-screen functionality with the iDroid App for Android, iOS, and Xbox SmartGlass devices. Additional side missions also extend the gameplay beyond the core mission.

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Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes getting early-run DLC, mobile app

Metal Gear Solid V Ground Zeroes (360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One) Announcement - Screenshot 7

Konami has revealed more info about Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain prequel Ground Zeroes. An early-bird bonus will be available for both games, with buyers of the first-run physical or launch-period online copies of Ground Zeroes receiving DLC for Phantom Pain. The pack will add more personnel for Mother Base. The two games will be further linked by the ability to bring over character skins as well as freed prisoners of war and rescued VIPs from Ground Zeroes to Phantom Pain, the latter also serving as staff in Mother Base. It was also announced that the PS4 and Xbox One will also be receiving physical and digital copies of Ground Zeroes for $29.99.

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Raiden returns (again)! Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance hits Steam

Metal Gear Rising Revengeance (360, PC, PS3) PC Preorder Announcement - Screenshot 6

Konami and PlatinumGames’ Metal Gear action spin-off Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is now available for PC via Steam. This version includes all three of the DLC missions that were released for 360 and PS3 (Blade Wolf, Jetstream, and VR Missions) as well as several body upgrades for Raiden, including Commando Armor, Cyborg Ninja, White Armor, and his outfit from MGS4.

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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance now on Steam for pre-order

Metal Gear Rising Revengeance (360, PC, PS3) PC Preorder Announcement - Screenshot 1

The PC version of Konami and PlatinumGames’ Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is now available for pre-order on Steam. Beginning at noon (central), players who put down their cash will receive 33 percent off; players who pre-order after the first 24 hours will still get a discount, but at a slightly lower 20 percent. The PC version includes all three DLC missions released for consoles—Blade Wolf, Jetstream, and VR Missions—as well as several body upgrades for Raiden, including the White Armor, Commando Armor, and his MGS4 outfit.

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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance now $29.99, includes character DLC

Metal Gear Rising (360, PS3) Jetstream DLC Launch Announcement - Screenshot 3

Konami has gone for a double whammy to entice gamers into grabbing Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. Not only have they lowered the price to $29.99, but they have also tossed in the Jetstream and Blade Wolf character download packs. The Jetstream DLC features Samuel Rodriguez, Raiden’s dashing sword-wielding rival, in his own side story that details his origins. The Blade Wolf DLC is a similar origin-themed release that reveals the backstory of Blade Wolf, previously known as LQ-84i. In addition to seeing how he came to serve under Desperado Enforcement’s Sundowner, players will also get to experience a new boss battle.

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Konami unleashes Solid Snake & Co. on California with new studio

Konami (Studio) LA Expansion Announcement - Screenshot 1

Konami has announced that it has opened a new development studio in Los Angeles. The studio will assist with several titles going forward, but most notably, it will focus on working with Kojima Productions on future entries in the Metal Gear Solid franchise. According to Tomoyuki Tsuboi, President of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., “the new studio will put Kojima Productions in the heart of the west which will benefit future releases as it will introduce new talent and creativity to the development teams.”

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Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection now available for PS3

Metal Gear Solid The Legacy Collection (PS3) Announcement - Screenshot 6

Konami’s massive Metal Gear Solid set, Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection, is now available for PS3. The pack coincides with the franchise’s 25th anniversary, and it contains all of the series’ major releases: Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid 2: HD Edition, Metal Gear Solid 3: HD Edition (with MSX versions of Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2), Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD Edition, Metal Gear Solid 4: Trophy Edition, and Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions. Several bonuses are also included: two graphic novels by Ashley Wood, both making their North American debut, as well as a new 100-page art book.

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Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection E3 trailer released

Konami has released the Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection trailer that was shown at their booth during E3. The clip covers the celebratory compilation’s entire range, which includes all of the major entries released during the series’ 25 years: Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid 2: HD Edition, Metal Gear Solid 3: HD Edition (with MSX versions of Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2), Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD Edition, Metal Gear Solid 4: Trophy Edition, and Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions. The pack will also come with a number of extras: two graphic novels by Ashley Wood, Bande Dessinée 1 and Bande Dessinée 2, both making their North American debut, as well as a new 100-page art book.

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