MGS4 Uses PS3 Power "To Capacity"
How much of the PlayStation 3's considerable power does Konami's Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots utilize? Well, about as much as developers can drag out of the thing right now, apparently.
First of all, Konami Digital Entertainment President Fumiaki Tanaka spoke at a press conference a few days ago, saying that "Metal Gear Solid 4 surpasses the scale of its previous titles in all aspects, including their story, visuals, and music." He goes on to say that Kojima and Co. used the "PlayStation 3's high capabilities to its capacity," which is a statement that's bound to prompt much debate and speculation. And in fact, Tanaka quickly expanded on his comment by saying the following:
“We believe that the PlayStation 3 still has some undiscovered capabilities, and there’s still many points where we can be more clever to take its full advantage,” he said. “We will continue to create more good products in the future.”
Then, it was up to Hideo Kojima himself to elaborate on the completion of the long development process of MGS4, and he's clearly satisfied that his team conquered many challenges. Remember, at one point, it was believed that Kojima thought both the PS3 and MGS4 fell far short of his expectations, but he recently came out and said that was not his intention at all. He cements those statements even further with the following:
“We took on all sorts of challenges in the making of Metal Gear Solid 4,” Kojima explained. “We were challenged to make Metal Gear Solid 4 on the Cell-processor-operated, unknown monster of a hardware called the PlayStation 3. We were challenged to make Metal Gear Solid 4 in high definition graphics and 5.1ch surround sound so that it’d play in the leagues of movies.”
“We were challenged to give Metal Gear Solid 4 the most [content] in the series, and so we had the largest number of developers working [on the franchise] ever. We were challenged to release the game simultaneously worldwide for the first time. And, we were challenged to make it the last title in the series, as the game will be the conclusion to the Metal Gear Saga.”
Related Game(s): Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
5/15/2008 Ben Dutka