During a stage presentation at Tokyo Game Show 2016 for Hideo Kojima's new game, Death Stranding, the Metal Gear series creator made several comments regarding Metal Gear Survive, the zombie action game set in the Metal Gear universe made by Konami.
Kojima took the opportunity to distance himself from Konami’s forthcoming game Metal Gear Survive, a spin-off from Kojima’s acclaimed Metal Gear series. When asked whether the idea for Survive had come from Kojima himself, he replied, “That’s nothing to do with me!
“The Metal Gear games are about political fiction and espionage,” he continued. “Where do zombies fit in with that?”
Death Stranding is due for release in 2018, Hideo Kojima told a huge crowd of fans during an on-stage Q&A session at Tokyo Game Show 2016 on Sunday.
“It will be out before the Olympics,” said Kojima, referring to the Tokyo 2020 Games. He then went on, “To go a little further, there is a movie called Akira, and it will be out before the year in which Akira is set.”
The anime movie Akira was set in 2019, so “before” Akira would peg Death Stranding’s release date at sometime during 2018.
Kojima was joined on stage by Yoji Shinkawa, the longtime character and mechanical designer on the Metal Gear series who is now working on Death Stranding at Kojima’s own studio, Kojima Productions. Questions for the session were provided by fans via Twitter in the runup to the event.
In honor of today being "Batman Day," Justice League director Zack Snyder posted the first photo of Oscar winner J.K. Simmons as Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon in the still-filming DC superhero epic.
Snyder tweeted the photo below of Simmons as Gordon taken on the set of Justice League. I was among the journalists invited to the set in April and can confirm this shot of Gordon is from the GCPD rooftop scene we observed being filmed that day.
It was also Simmons' first day working on the movie.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.
"Those Who Cling, Those Who Struggle" was a satisfying --if slightly strange--end to this season of Berserk. There was no hoped-for climactic battle between Guts and the God Hand, but there was some nice closure for the supporting cast, as well as an exciting set up for the next story arc.
Last week ended on a nail-biter, with Guts and his allies surrounded by blood demons. This week the group managed to keep them at bay long enough for the monsters to evaporate in a haze of sunshine, thanks in part to a couple of side characters who really stepped up their game.
Topping the list of MVPs this week was Luca. Once again, my favorite character of the season proved her greatness by drawing on an abundance of metis to save both herself and an injured Nina from an army of squishy blob monsters. Stuffing her friend in a barrel and telling her to shut up and sit still, then leaping into a nearby well to avoid enemy detection? That was a stroke of brilliance, made all the more impressive by the fact that Luca had only seconds to decide on a course of action. I loved how her clever thinking was accompanied by equally clever camera angles, too. Tight shots inside the barrel juxtapositioned with wider shots of blood demons converging on the Tower of Conviction gave the scene a real sense of danger and urgency. I haven't always been on board with the art direction in this show, but it was definitely at its best here.
Toshihiro Nagoshi, creator of the Yakuza series, has ruled out a smartphone version of Sega’s high-concept action franchise, saying that his games are designed with the living room in mind.
“The Yakuza games are designed to be played on a TV at home,” he told IGN Japan, likening the experience of playing on a big TV to watching a movie in the theater instead of on DVD.
“Sometimes people ask us to make games for smartphone, and I’m sure we could make a phone version that would be quite fun to play. But for them to be 100% engaging, they need to be played on a TV with a console, because that’s how they were designed to be played.”
Bungie has launched an alternate reality game ahead of Destiny's Rise of Iron expansion next week.
The ARG is called Owl Sector, and it's infecting players in game with stat-boosting buffs. The infections can be tracked on the Owl Sector section of the Bungie website.
There are five different infections in all: Brilliance 3.2, Glory 2.1, Splendor 2.6, Magnificence 2.0, and Fortitude 3.1. According to the Owl Sector mega-thread on the Destiny sub-reddit, players can become infected by picking up orbs from infected teammates in either public or private PvP matches.
Hardware iterations have been happening steadily and silently for many console generations now. As the cost of parts goes down and more efficient versions become affordable, companies make little internal changes in order to make a cheaper, more reliable version of the same console. And that’s all the new slim PlayStation 4, which Sony simply calls “PlayStation 4,” actually is. It has no new features that haven’t also come to the original PS4 via software, and in fact, it does away with an important piece on its way to becoming just a tad lighter and smaller.
The PS4 "slim" is the 500GB model, which sells for $299.99 - the same price as the original model it replaces. There’s a 1TB version on the way as well, but pricing has not been announced.
In May of 2016, a Tumblr user called radtone posted a picture they had drawn of Overwatch’s D.Va in chibi style, an aesthetic favoured by anime fans born from the Japanese word meaning “short or small person”. In June 2nd, radtone followed up with a small comic depicting D.Va as the tiny ravenous progeny of Soldier 76. Aggressively cute, this new interpretation of the character started to gain traction elsewhere on Tumblr, with artists giving her a Dorito and Dew addiction and a git gud ‘hardcore’ attitude. The result was a ferality both adorable and, for anyone who lives on the internet, very familiar.
Toshihiro Nagoshi, creator of the Yakuza series, has said he believes that existing cutting-edge gaming technology could allow developers to do almost anything — if not for the prohibitive cost.
“With things like VR and sensor technology, we at Sega look into all of the new announcements and check out new tech, and to be honest, if you could just ignore the cost, there is almost nothing we can’t do now,” he told IGN Japan.
“But of course, that’s not going to work for the consumer. I think in future there will be two types of gamers: those who play simple games on their smartphone, and those who go all in.”
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This week's scheduled broadcast of IGN's weekly Nintendo show has been hijacked! Join host Samuel Claiborn, filling in for Jose Otero (who is playing wacky games at Tokyo Game Show), Peer Schneider, and Jared Petty, and Game Scoop!'s Daemon Hatfield, who joins to challenge the cast to a game of 20 Questions.
If you've ever wanted to build your own arcade cabinet, but lack the space or the carpentry skill, this tiny Raspberry Pi based solution might just be for you.
To say it's small is a bit of an understatement. The cabinet is a mere 67 mm tall, or just over 2 and a half inches. The impossibly tiny screen comes in at just under an inch. It's so small an ant could use it to play Dig-Dug, if you gave a lot of leeway to the ant's understanding of how video games work.
Star Wars Battlefront's Death Star DLC expansion will be available for season pass holders beginning September 20.
Along with the release date's reveal, EA has also released a new gameplay trailer, highlighting the DLC, including its new Battle Station mode.
Battle Station, as previously detailed, is a three-part battle mode that features a battle around and in the iconic Death Star. Players will engage in a space battle before fighting within the Death Star itself. The third leg of the mode tasks the Rebels with taking down the Death Star in familiar, trench run fashion.
There's a lot to see on the Tokyo Game Show 2016 show floor, including these awesome Square Enix Play Arts Kai figures from some of our favorite franchises.
Check out 18 images of the Play Arts figures below.
Check out our Tokyo Game Show 2016 event hub for all our TGS coverage from this week.