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Is Kojima's Current Project A Third Zone Of The Enders?

Okay, so Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is out the door and Hideo Kojima only has a somewhat removed managerial position in regards to the development for Metal Gear Solid: Rising.

So what might his Productions team be working on right now? It seems there's a good possibility that it's Zone of the Enders 3, which would make many action/mech fans very, very happy if it proved true. Kojima himself leaked a few details of his current project at his Twitter page and several of those comments are getting lots of special attention. He talks about "pondering over the voice cast," and that although the project "still hasn't reached a detailed level, everything is advancing simultaneously in my head." But the most telling quote, which features only one word of interest (but it's an important word) is as follows:

"Title, game design, story, characters, setting research, the mecha that appear, casting, graphic direction, sound, beginning and ending, the major story sequences. It comes together naturally in my head."

Yeah, there are always a few robots in the MGS series but this sounds a lot more like ZoE. It just doesn't seem likely that he would bother to mention such a trivial aspect of a game; talking about "mecha" makes it feel a lot like a game based on big ol' robots. And let's not forget that Kojima has hinted at his desire to do a third Zone of the Enders and when that hint got out, the fans were very vocal in their overwhelmingly positive responses. Guess we'll have to wait and see...

4/12/2010 10:54:46 AM Ben Dutka

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coverton341
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 11:07:09 AM
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Oh please let this turn out to be true. Would make my life complete. Alright, that is a little over the top but it sure would make me a happy camper.

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Jawknee
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 11:29:27 AM
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But will it be exclusive?

Were the other 2 PS2 exclusive?

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maxpontiac
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 11:49:15 AM

Good question.

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tridon
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 12:04:31 PM

I'm pretty sure that the originals were both exclusive to the PS2. I don't see Kojima taking part in a multi-plat ZoE so chances are, the third would be exclusive, too.

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Orvisman
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 12:09:16 PM

ZOE and ZOE Second Runner were Ps2 exclsusives.

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mike rlz
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 1:06:39 PM

will you not play a fun game if its on the 360?

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Jawknee
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 1:19:50 PM

That has nothing do with it. It's common sense that if the developer only has to worry about one platform they can get more out of it hence making a better game.

Multiplats lack exclusive quality for a reason.

Also seeing as how I've been through the whole RROD and E74 routine, i will never buy another 360.

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TEG3SH
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 4:15:28 PM

I think so, but this game if it was multi-plat, I don't think it will be affected If the leading system is PS3, WHICH I THINK IT WILL BE. anyhow

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Jawknee
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 4:34:34 PM

the game would still have to be under 9gb unless they went the multiple disk route which could give it the FFXIII effect. Either way you cut it, multiplat will hold it back in some way.

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TEG3SH
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 7:27:24 PM

yeah I know , but how exactly a multiple disks on the xbox ruins the Ps3 version??????

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VicTheMighty
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 9:30:58 PM

TEG3SH, Developpement on the 360 ruins ps3 version (dot). The point is to put everything into the game and make it shine using the ps3's superior specs and storage as well as taking advantage of the cell for all the infinite number of physics generated by those 5000 missiles that will be shot at you. Wasting a second on a port means the game could have been better. I will only be satisfied if they make the most out of the ps3 for ZoE 3 just like they did with ZoE 2 and ps2.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 @ 5:49:07 PM

Exaclty.

FFXIII is the perfect example.

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rogergent
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 11:30:25 AM
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If i remember correctly didn't kojima have a blog a short while ago asking if we wanted another ZoE cause i signed it

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Jawknee
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 11:51:40 AM

That was actually a contract signing over all your property rights including your own body to the Koj. You've been had!

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Banky A
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 6:30:01 PM

It was all worth it!

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AcHiLLiA
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 12:12:59 PM
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I don't know haven't played the other games.

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Genesis_Angel
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 12:17:58 PM
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GUYS all start posting here that we wont a third zone of the enders to give him the last push to start make the game XD http://www.kjp.konami.jp/gs/hideoblog_e/

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Ergi
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 12:49:52 PM
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I sure hope this is true, how bout a Zone of the Enders collection.

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shadowscorpio
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 12:54:10 PM

I was just going to say the same thing. The games always looked interesting but i never got a chance to play the first 2.

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Ergi
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 1:06:11 PM

Yeah, I didn't really play them either, I barely remember playing the first game. I wonder if there would be enough interest for such a collection, i know I would get it.

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Alienange
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 1:27:49 PM
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Played both ZoE on the PS2 and they were mecha heaven compared to those clunky Armored Core games and woefully inadequate Gundam games. If this is true I will be at the midnight launch.

Ok just kidding about the midnight launch. Those are for weirdos.

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SvenMD
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 1:57:17 PM

hey hey HEY! I was in fact at the midnight launch for FFXIII....I knew I was going to have the next morning off and didn't want to wait till the store opened the next day.

Everybody there was definitely NOT a weirdo....(sarcasm) There was honestly a guy there on his bluetooth headset to another guy at a different store, and they were just discussing old FF games waiting in line....Then there was another guy in a trenchcoat (nuff said)....Then there was another guy who was getting it for the 360...f'ing weirdo!!

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Alienange
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 6:56:59 PM

Thanks. It's not often people prove my point. I'm sure you're normal though. I was just joking around. They're not weirdos, they're creeps.

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Banky A
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 7:08:46 PM

They're definitely some weirdo creeps.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 2:15:32 PM
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If this is true, hail Kojima. ZoE2 was the most fluid and fast-paced mech game I've ever played. The fight with 1000's of mechs all at once was great. The speed of the ZoE series put any other mech game to shame, I would be so happy if they made a third =O

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godsman
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 2:37:19 PM
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What kind of game is this Zone of Enders? I keep hearing you guys talk about it.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 6:18:44 PM

fast-paced action mech game. haha

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Banky A
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 6:36:33 PM

It's it's own genre: High Speed Robot Action.
Very sexy.

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Frenchy17
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 3:42:21 PM
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Man I really hope this is true, it would make my year!

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Rings0fUranus
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 4:11:34 PM
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tremble at the return of dingo egret!

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tes37
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 4:21:21 PM
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ZOE is the greatest mech game ever. Give us ZOE 3, please.

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Banky A
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 6:36:03 PM
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Yes yes yes!
Zone of the Enders 3 would be the sickest PS3 game ever!

The High Speed Robot Action king.

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sunspider13
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 6:48:49 PM
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Yes plz.

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AStiffyIffy
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 6:59:22 PM
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I've never played Zone of the Enders but it sounds interesting. Perhaps an HD remake of the PS2 ones with trophy support?

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VicTheMighty
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 9:25:29 PM

I totally agree Sypho. I Sooooooo want to see and HD remake of 1 and 2 at 60 fps :D :D :D Would be so damn nice!

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Snaaaake
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 7:00:10 PM
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One of the best game I played with my PS2 is ZOE2, fast paced action, and the controls are surprisingly good.

I don't understand why consumers didn't give ZOE2 enough love.

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Banky A
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 7:10:10 PM

It was hardcore Japanese and ZOE1 didn't make it too popular to begin with, I think :S

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LegendaryWolfeh
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 7:45:15 PM

Yeah, most people I don't think liked ZoE1, which must of left a bad taste in their mouth, but I know a lot of people bought ZoE1 because it came with a mgs3 ( think it was 3) demo in it, lol

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Snaaaake
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 8:36:17 PM

MGS2 demo was in ZOE1.

I never played ZOE1 but ZOE2 remains one of the most unique video game,it might a be little repetitive and though it is quite linear, who's complaining when the game is just that good.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 @ 1:18:54 PM

Well, I can certainly tell you, ZoE2 is superior to ZoE1 completely, just the main character of ZoE1 was...well...a young pansy boy..

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Snaaaake
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 7:00:15 PM
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One of the best game I played with my PS2 is ZOE2, fast paced action, and the controls are surprisingly good.

I don't understand why consumers didn't give ZOE2 enough love.

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piratedrunk
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 7:21:58 PM
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I would pre-order the day they announce it. Those games were better than I could have imagined mech combat.

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VicTheMighty
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 9:21:44 PM
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Simply can't wait for the adrenaline rush provided by dodging 5000 enemy missiles while gathering a huge energy ball to anihilate EVERYONE !!! HAHAHA. lol Seriously though I read some comments above stating ZOE 1 was better than 2 and I disagree.

In ZoE 1 we were a whiny kid compared to some badass who's life was directly linked to Jehuti in ZoE 2 ( much more interesting ). And while the action and combats were good in the first one when it came out... The 2nd one completely obliterated the first entry with way faster combats, way more enemies on screen and better graphics alltogether. The ZoE 2 was even said to be a playstation 2.5 title lol.

Now if Kojima can do the same with ZoE 3, push the PS3 to the max and make another game deemed worthy of beeing assigned to a future generation OMG CANT WAIT. There is also 3D tv now lol imagine all those fast paced laser beams coming out of your tv OMG epilepsy FTW!!! :D

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huskerfan_101
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 11:38:25 PM
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Seriously I think stories about Z.O.E 3 are harder on me that the Final Fantasy VII remake, ones.

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___________
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 @ 3:08:56 AM
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never played a ZOE game, but id really like to see him do a horror game.
if theres anyone in the industry that can whip up a really good deep storyline its him.
imagine siren meets MGS4.
the horror aspects of siren, mixed with a complex story like the metal gear series.
now theres a game worthy of its hype!

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TheRaPtuRe
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 @ 6:14:05 AM
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i just want him to do a mgs5, sod everything else!

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Orvisman
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 @ 8:53:30 AM

Peacewalker IS MGS 5. Kojima said so.

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Mista
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 @ 10:55:29 AM
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I hope it is ZoE 3... Been waiting on the announcement forever. Lord of Shadows , then Peace Walker. I still have my ps2 copies, and PS3 Exclusive please.

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Nomad
Saturday, April 17, 2010 @ 2:37:20 PM
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This article misquoted Kojima's twitter to support its own assumptions. The tweet read as follows:

"I’m pondering over the next project’s voice cast. I still do not have the details embedded, but everything is running simultaneously in my head. The title, game design, story, characters, setting, mechs, casting, direction of the graphics, sound, beginning & ending, and key story sequences. It all molds together naturally in my head."

"mechs" could just mean mechanics of the game; not saying it does, just shouldn't assume anything

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fslayer
Sunday, April 18, 2010 @ 4:22:26 PM
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1 was fun. 2 was amazing! Need Zone of the Enders 3!

Please!!!!
Pretty please!!!
For the love of crap please!
I'll love you forever Kojima-san!
Onegai Shimasu!!!!!!!

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