Konami has recorded a Pre-E3 keynote address for the second year in a row, hosted by Tomoyuki Tsuboi, president of Konami Digital Entertainment Inc. The company used the time to give a brief look at a new studio, and covered a few games that would be available for the Electronic Entertainment Expo.
The show started off with a computer generated introduction, and Tsuboi introducing himself, dubbed in English. The company then gave a look at a new studio opened up in San Francisco. The San Francisco based studio is focused on social and mobile gaming, with such titles as Frogger Pinball, and Twilight Carnival. They also announced a partnership with Zynga to publish the games Konami’s San Francisco has worked on.
After this, finally came the look into some games. First up was Pro Evolution Soccer 2013. Much like other yearly franchises, the company touted the new features to this year’s installment. The lead developer for the game, Kei Masuda, showed off Enhanced Player Individuality (or Player ID), Full Ball Control, response defending, and an improved A.I.
With Enhanced Player Individuality, players in the video game move more like their real life counterparts. Full Ball Control allowed for better control in tighter spaces, and a new passing system. Response defending was basically showing that defenders no longer try to make a play on the ball only, but the player as well. This was showcased when a defender intentionally fouled another before trying to score. All of this was wrapped up with the improved A.I. which allowed for plays on both offense and defense to be run smoother.
Hideo Kojima was next to promote the HD collection of Zone of the Enders for the Playstation 3, and for the first time on a Microsoft console, the X Box 360. They also acknowledged the 25th anniversary of Metal Gear Solid and announced Metal Gear Solid for the Nintendo 3DS, and scheduled to be released June 12 is the Metal Gear Solid HD collection for the Playstation Vita.
Then the big game of the show Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. They started with a trailer showing off some gameplay including aiming where the sword will be slashed, slashing walls and some background objects, and running up walls. A vague release date was given of “Early 2013”. Kojima went on to explain the story, where the player steps into Raiden’s shoes, hacking and slashing other cyborgs, tanks, helicopters and just about anything in his way, including the occasional watermelon. Then they finished it off with a comedic trailer showing Raiden at an unemployment office, as the person trying to find him a job, with each job failing in funny results.
The show closed with two trailers, one of them showing off Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. The trailer showed Gabriel Belmont taking on a large army, using his powers to clear a large area. Then a giant mechanical like being climbs from the cliff, Belmont drains the blood of a soldier, and turns into a bird like creature created from smoke and fire. At the end of it a mysterious figure appears to challenge Belmont in the end. The second trailer was a teaser for what could be the new Castlevania title for the 3DS.
All in all nothing of major note except for Castlevania and Metal Gear Rising. The good thing about it was that it was about a half hour total, and kind of moved along at a fair pace. Last year, I admit I was thrown off by the whole thing being recorded, but now that it’s an annual thing, I think I can get a good idea of how Konami wants to warm up the people looking forward to their games.
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