19 Aug

Cologne, Germany – Following EA, Sony and Microsoft / Lionhead, Japanese developer / publisher Konami held a press conference at the Cologne GamesCom earlier today to shed some light on their upcoming titles.

The first two titles they spoke about were Tower of Shadow and Krazy Kart. Tower of Shadow will be a Wii-based platform adventure that supposedly is along the lines of the PS2 classic Ico. This game is expected to be released in 2010. Krazy Kart is a Go-Kart racer designed specifically for the iPhone, and will feature multiplayer for up to six users.

Konami also showed gameplay for the highly anticipated remake of the original Silent Hill, named Silent Hill: Shattered Memories. Konami proudly emphasized that while the game is being played, the game analyzes how the player approaches certain situations, and alters certain aspects the game accordingly. No release date was announced for the game, currently in development for the Nintendo Wii, Playstation 2 and PSP.

Following the Silent Hill: Shattered Memories introduction, head of Kojima Productions Hideo Kojima took the stage to reveal information regarding the upcoming PSP exclusive Metal Gear: Peace Walker. He explained their choice to make a new Metal Gear for the PSP was due to the fact that more and more people prefer to game while on the move nowadays. He revealed a trailer that showed the co-op element of the game. Even though the game cannot be compared to the recent Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, it will require a similar level of teamwork to accomplish goals in Peace Walker. Currently, only a cam-version of the trailer is available, but the video below will be updated as soon as one of better quality is available.

Details for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, an upcoming PS3 & Xbox 360 game published by Konami were also revealed. Dave Cox, producer of the game, explained that the game isn’t so much a rehash of older Castlevania games, but more like a rebirth. Part of the decision to completely reboot the series was due to the fact that the developers wanted to keep the game accesible to newcomers to the series, which has its roots all the way back to 1987 on the NES. Cox reassured fans however, that they would not take the series’ legacy lightly, and that the redesign of the series is being conducted with the fans in mind. A teaser for the game was also shown, of which once more, only a cam-version is available at this time. It is found below. The game is set for a 2010 release.

The conference was concluded with small announcements regarding Pro Evolution Soccer 2010, where Shingo Takatsuka (producer of the series) announced that a lot of feedback they received from the game’s demo, that has been available since June, has been implemented into the game. Similarly to what EA announced yesterday regarding Fifa 2010, Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 will no longer have controls limited to 8 directions, but will allow players to navigate in every direction of their choosing. The game will be released on Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC late October, and also on the Nintendo Wii, Playstation 2 and PSP on the 9th of November.