Hideo Kojima's New Project: Is It Tornado Outbreak?
Okay, before we get ahead of ourselves, let's take a nice close look at all the available evidence.
First of all, we heard that a member of Hideo Kojima's staff said the master's new game will be unveiled in T minus three days and counting. This means we'd get the announcement well before E3, which is when we initially believed it would arrive. Next, another source said the game would be revealed on May 18, which is a little after that "T minus three days" prediction, but still a good two weeks before E3. Finally, it appears that the latest Famitsu features a teaser advertisement that involves the "new game from Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima," and this picture you see here accompanies that ad. And so, people are starting to wonder what it might be; Siliconera has guessed at Tornado Outbreak, which is a game that doesn't technically exist, but it should at some point. GameFly shows the game in their database with Konami as the publisher, and it's slated to release for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii. ...now, this seems like a strange project for Kojima, but then again, we might be taking that title too literally.
Either way, the rumor is now that Kojima's new game is Tornado Outbreak, and it seems we'll learn of the truth within one week's time. If not, we can always look forward to E3.
5/13/2009 Ben Dutka