If it had a release date, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain might have been my game of the show. I was a late comer to the series, but from the opening moment of the trailer at Sony’s press conference to the gameplay demo I saw on the last day of E3, I couldn’t have been more excited to finally get my hands on the first open world Metal Gear game. Sadly, it’ll be a while before any of us get to play MGS V. More →
With Metal Gear Solid Touch dropping next Wednesday, Konami decided to push out one more round of screen shots in an effort to rekindle interest as the company prepares to finally release its first crack at MGS for Apple handsets. Konami also reiterated release details as follows:
A special ‘Advance Edition’ of Metal Gear Solid Touch containing the first 12 stages of the game is scheduled for release on the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch in March of 2009. The final release will follow with eight additional stages of gameplay, and will be available to existing players via a free update on the Apple App Store.
Metal Gear Solid Touch, officially announced back in December, had plenty of MGS fans excited until gameplay details were released. For one reason or another, interest quickly faded. Judging from the game trailer and screen caps however, MGST is going to be a pretty solid display of the iPhone / iPod Touch’s gaming capabilities as the title is fairly graphics-intensive for a mobile game. It will be interesting to see how MGST is received, especially at $9.99 a pop, when it finally drops next week. Recap: Metal Gear Solid Touch, meh, 12 levels on March 18th, eight more later, $9.99. Anyone excited or has the ship already sailed? Hit the jump for more screen shots.
Earlier this month, we reported on a widely circulated rumor that Metal Gear Solid may be coming to the Xbox 360. Variations of this rumor suggested that Konami had, not an Xbox 360 title in store for the gaming world, but an iPhone/iPod Touch version as evidenced by the “mgst” in the teaser URL at Konami’s website. Those perceptive rumors ended up being spot on as Konami announced today the future availability of four new titles, including Metal Gear Solid Touch for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The four titles: Dance Dance Revolution S Lite, Frogger, Silent Hill The Escape and Metal Gear Solid Touch. The games are expected to be released according to the following schedule:
- Dance Dance Revolution S Lite : From Late December, 2008 in Japan and North America
- Frogger : From Late December, 2008 in Japan, North America, and Europe
- Silent Hill The Escape : From Late December,2008 in Japan, North America, and Europe
- Metal Gear Solid Touch : Spring, 2009 in Japan, North America, and Europe
This is great news for Apple and PS3 fans alike. PS3 owners can also take some consolation in knowing that their exclusive title, Metal Gear Solid, has not defected to the Xbox 360 platform while Apple fans can look forward to some hot new games hitting the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Konami sure knows how to cause a stir. An update to the official Konami’s Kojima Productions website seems to suggest that Metal Gear Solid may finally make its way to the Xbox 360. We will admit that this might be a bit of stretch but the black and green coloring of the symbol-filled website is reminiscent of the colors used to advertise the Xbox 360. The Universal symbol for Power, which is prominently displayed on the front of the Xbox 360, is now front and center on Konami’s website. Rumors that the Playstation exclusive title will jump ship to the Xbox platform have been floating around for a while now, so such an announcement is not completely unexpected. Wild speculation continues to run rampant though, with Kotaku interpreting the “i” to mean iPhone, DSi, or Wii. The upside down “i” is used in PSP-based Metal Gear Acid so the new announcement may be related to that game and not the console version, Metal Gear Solid. Kotaku also points out that the URL contains the phrase “mgst” which could mean Metal Gear Solid Touch? Konami has been silent on the matter saying that it does not comment on speculation and apologized for providing only the “standard line” as a response. All we can deduce with some degree of certainty is that Konami has something new on the horizon for the Metal Gear franchise and it wants everyone to start talking about it. We will happily oblige them. Any gamers out there? Feel free to chat this up in the comments – additional rampant speculation is not only welcome, it is expected.
No, the graphics won’t be quite as sweet as pictured above. All the same, S60 gamers are very excited to learn as of this morning that Nokia and Konami are officially teaming up. The partnership will bring a variety of popular high-quality Konami titles to Nokia’s N-Gage portable gaming platform, first and foremost is a mobilized version of the extremely popular Metal Gear Solid game. The award-winning Konami title takes players through an epic packed full of espionage and covert ops, but you already knew that. Creator of the Metal Gear Solid franchise Hideo Kojima states:
I believe that this cooperation between Nokia and Konami will form the perfect match to share the vast potential of mobile entertainment content with users all around the world.
Gregg Sauter, Director of Third Party Games Publishing at Nokia adds:
We’re excited to see Konami tap into the performance and community features we’ve built into the N-Gage platform… Metal Gear Solid on N-Gage will raise the bar with respect to graphical detail and made-for-mobile features. We look forward to the launch of this great franchise on N-Gage.
Right on; quite a pair indeed. Nokia’s N-Gage platform has a vast reach to say the least and Konami titles will only enhance the already-solid offering that is N-Gage. Electronic Arts, Konami… We have to wonder who’s next!