GDC 09: Raiden To Be The Hero Of A New Metal Gear?
Okay, let the speculation and debate begin.
What you're looking at here is the image that appeared after Hideo Kojima's Keynote speech at the Game Developer's conference, and if you want a close-up on that figure in the upper right, check out G4TV. Now, it seems obvious that Kojima is planning a brand new Metal Gear Solid entry, and that picture appears to be Raiden, the popular cyber-ninja that has been part of Snake's adventure since the beginning. Obviously, we're all thinking Kojima's project will focus on Raiden's back story in relation to the MGS story that came to its conclusion in last year's Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. Therefore, we're thinking it may be a prequel with Raiden as the main character, which would be freakin' awesome as far as we're concerned. We still wonder about the studio's claim to appeal more to a Western gaming audience, and you know...if you think about it, Raiden as a main character might put the emphasis squarely on the action. Couldn't Raiden be the next major bad-ass in a gameplay setting similar to something like God of War? The possibilities seem limitless, and we think our prediction is plausible.
But who knows? We do know that Kojima will unveil this new game at E3, so we won't have much longer to wait. Whatever it is, though, we get the sneaking suspicion it'll be designed for both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360...
3/26/2009 Ben Dutka