Not everyone gets a chance to go to E3 to check out all of the conferences and get all of the info firsthand. Instead, gamers would have to wait until after the dust settles and the articles are written. However, Konami decided to treat its fans with a pre-E3 show on its website, giving people the chance to learn about all of the upcoming games they can look forward to. With a few HD collections, a new IP, and a new data transfer service, Konami has a lot on their plate this year and next.
The show started off with President of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. Shinji Hirano making a few announcements. Konami will be partnering up with the University of Southern California's video game design program, where Hideo Kojima himself will be called professor. The move is to bolster their program in hopes to find their future programmers and designers. Hirano also stated that there will be more DLC for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow and that Frogger will be hopping its way onto the 3DS.
The show then switched gears to Producer Yoshikazu Matsuhana, who is currently working on Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 3D, set to be released on the Nintendo 3DS. The game will be a faithful remake of the PS2 classic, with a few tweaks added in. One new feature added into the game is what Matsuhana called Photo Camo. Players can use the camera built into the 3DS to take pictures of any nearby object. The game would then use that object to create a palette for camouflage. Also, the game will utilize the motion sensors built into the 3DS, so if you were to tilt the 3DS, Snake would shift his balance according to how you tilt the system.
Konami also has a new third-person shooter set to be released this winter called NeverDead. Producer Shinta Nojiri spoke of how the main protagonist, Bryce, is immortal. After taking on the Demon King 500 years ago, he loses the fight and is cursed to immortality. Though limbs will be lost, they regenerate over time. Bryce will move and fight differently in response to him missing body parts, which Nojiri says that players should take advantage of these changes.
Silent Hill is set to make a pretty big return, both on consoles and the big screen. The new film is titled Silent Hill: Revelation and is directed by Michael Bassett. Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3 will see HD remakes, though no consoles were mentioned. We also got our first look at Silent Hill Downpour, the next game in the franchise. The game features a convict being transferred to another prison, when suddenly the bus drives off a cliff. The convict, named Murphy, then finds himself in Silent Hill and must fight his way out.
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