The 25th anniversary of Metal Gear is set to be celebrated with an event in Japan on August 30. We're already expecting details on Metal Gear Solid 4's trophy support and full installation, but new information from Hideo Kojima himself make trophies seem like an hors d'oeurve. Kojima wrapped up a Metal Gear retrospective with the announcement that his new Fox Engine will be showcased during the August 30 event, and potentially the project being built on the engine as well.
Here's the exact text from Kojima's closing statements in his Metal Gear blog:
"The Fox Engine is nearly finished, but the only way to be sure it works is to create a game at the same time and improve the engine with our tools as we go along. Originally we were going to do this for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, but a lot happened along the way and instead it is being made with the engine they have at Platinum Games.
Production studios in Japan are nearly extinct, a fact that we have recognized for nearly 10 years, and although the Fox Engine is not finished we are ready to show what it can do… on August 30th in Japan to be more specific."
The only project currently at works over at Kojima Productions is an "open-world" title code-named Project Ogre. This is old news, however, from a time before we even really knew about Fox Engine. Whether the project Kojima mentions above is also Project Ogre or not is a mystery.
Even larger of a mystery, though, is whether we're on the verge of hearing a Metal Gear Solid 5 announcement. Recent rumors, combined with this being a celebration of the Metal Gear franchise portend a return to the series. Could one of the biggest titles of 2013 be just a month away from announcement?
Of course, this may all just be absurd speculation right now. In no way did Kojima dedicate himself to a game announcement. His wording references a game being developed parallel to the Fox Engine, but the August 30 announcement could just be a tech demo. Either way, exciting times ahead for Kojima fans. Expect more news soon.