As we move onto Day Two of our Tokyo Game Show (TGS) 2012 roundup, we discover some pleasant surprises from video game god Hideo Kojima, as well as Capcom goodies.
Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes
Kojima Productions shed light on the gameplay and concepts behind Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, and one of it’s highlights is an “open world concept” similar to GTA. The environment will load constantly in the background while the player navigates and explores the world.
The only time the load screen appears is when the player moves into another part of the world via helicopter. This minimize the amount of time the player spends staring at the loading screen instead of playing the game. The game will also reflect the time of day, so expect day and night environmental settings.
Ground Zeroes will run on Kojima Production’s new FOX Engine, and the team hopes it’ll be a benchmark for future “open world” games.
Kojima also announced his own Twitter-style app.
Dubbed Metal Gear TW, the app features Twitter functionality, but also gives the user a special “camouflage mode” which censors text. Only folks you’ve designated have access to read the uncensored text. Cool huh?
Kojima’s new weapon also features a “stealth mode” which operates like a block function. This allows you to keep pesky stalkers away from your feeds without them knowing. It’s kinda like donning a cardboard box, if you know what I mean.
What’s more awesome than this bit of development news? The fact that this app will be available for the iOS by the end of the year!
Dark Arisen DLC for Dragon’s Dogma Due Next Year
Capcom has confirmed that Dragon’s Dogma will be getting a “major expansion” in the form of Dark Arisen. Capcom said that they will be revealing more details about the DLC in “the near future”.
To keep fans busy until “Dark Arisen” gets released, Capcom will be putting out an upgrade (FOC of course) for Dragon’s Dogma this year. The upgrade will include a “speedrun” and “hard” modes. In a nutshell, “speedrun” will test the players’ ability to complete the game in the shortest time possible while “hard” will make the game much harder, but also the drops more rewarding.
Injustice: Gods Amongst Us Coming to Consoles in April 2013
Warner Bros. and NetherRealm Studios announced that Injustice: Gods Amongst Us will be ready for worldwide launch in April 2013. The DC fighting game will be making its way to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U.
Monster Hunter 4 to Support Online Multiplayer
While the English speaking world will get a localized version of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate come March 2013, Capcom announced that Japan would get the latest installment of Monster Hunter – Monster Hunter 4 in the same month on the 3DS.
Monster Hunter 4 will feature online multiplayer support for up to 4 players to play and hunt together, but if you’re hoping for a console port, you might have to keep those fingers crossed.
Assassin’s Creed Utopia and Resident Evil VS for iOS and Android
While consoles and handheld consoles have taken center stage at Tokyo Game Show this year, we can’t really ignore the potential for smartphones to moonlight as mobile consoles.
New titles coming up on mobile devices include Assassin’s Creed Utopia, which allows you to build and manage a city, and features a limited time combat system.
Resident Evil VS first appeared at E3 this year, and the third-person shooter’s looking good. It holds onto the essence of RE Mercenaries VS, but fans might be disappointed because a few cast members of the Resident Evil franchise have been reported missing from the roster.
The game will be ready for release in Japan next year.