Syphon Filter 5 Already In The Works?
Last year, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots had a profound impact on the game industry and is currently regarded as one of the best games of the current generation. In fact, many will say it is the best, and perhaps one of the top titles in history. But some of you long-time fans will recall the only competition MGS ever faced...it started back in the PS1 days, and the franchise's name was Syphon Filter.
While most won't say any one Syphon Filter entry was better than any MGS effort, most will also agree that the former series had a couple solid action/stealth installments. Furthermore, we've seen a few more quality titles on the PSP, which is why we're excited to hear about the possibility of Syphon Filter 5 for next-gen consoles. It's a popular rumor around the 'Net right now, spurred forward by a recent Sony Bend job posting for a PlayStation 3 developer, and a listing for "Syphon Filter 5 - (Facial Mo-cap) - PlayStation 3" on the PCB Production page (thanks, Gamer Blorge). It seems fairly straightforward and obvious, doesn't it? Of course, we can't confirm anything until we see an official press release in our inbox, but in the meantime, we're certainly allowed to speculate. And in speculating, we can give odds...hence, we're willing to say there's about a 95% chance that Syphon Filter is headed to - at the very least - the PlayStation 3 at some point. The only real question we have is, when?
And no, we're not about to wonder if Syphon Filter 5 can match up to MGS4; we find it highly unlikely, although we would have high hopes for a new Syphon Filter. Besides, we do need more stealth-based games, don't you think? Bring on Splinter Cell: Conviction, too! Here's hoping that one arrives for the PS3...
2/15/2009 Ben Dutka