A lot of companies are trying to get their news out before the E3 storm. You read our summary of the joint CD Projekt RED/Good Old Games Ustream broadcast earlier today, now its time to sift through Konami’s Pre-E3 announcements.
The publisher had a lot to talk this time, ranging from known franchises to new tech. In news for the company’s largest franchise, Metal Gear Solid, Hideo Kojima personally revealed an HD collection of Metal Gears 2, 3, and Peace Walker heading to the PS3 and 360 courtesy of Blueprint Games (the same team behind the God of War Collection blu-ray back in ’08). Also similar to Kratos’ ub-rezzed outing is Trophy data and improved audio, with rumble and right analog stick support bringing the older games into the modern era. The collection will play host to Konami’s new “Transfarring” tech that will share save data cross-platform from PSP to PS3 and vice versa.
Similar collections was announced for the fan favorite franchises Zone of the Enders and Silent Hill, featuring the same new features, and platforms as its Metal Gear cousin. The former collects Zone of the Enders 1 and 2, the latter Silent Hill 2 and 3.
Kojima also laid out a demonstration for some new engine tech, currently dubbed the “Fox Engine”. The multi-platform tech was started after Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, and is currently compatible with the PC, PS3, and 360 (the latter of which the engine was demonstrated on). Kojima is personally creating a new game built from scratch on the engine, but little else is known about the tech and its projects at this time. The development suite will be available for all Konami studios.
A new Silent Hill title was confirmed to be in production for the NGP (or “PS Vita”, if you’ve been paying attention), although nothing is currently known beyond its subtitle: Book of Memories. Silent Hill: Downpour also got a new trailer, revealing a delay until Winter 2011.
The afternoon rounded out with a surprise teaser for a new Contra game, although nothing else was made apparent beyond its teaser trailer.
A lot of news and announcements, E-Gs, but what do you make of Konami’s show? Anything in particular stand out as awesome? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section!