We can expect a lot from E3, but lets face it, MGS:4 is going to draw the biggest crowds in terms of games on show at E3. The Metal Gear franchise is huge around the world, and Kojima Productions always bring out the shots at E3, remember last year when Kojima teased us with rumours of a move to a first person shooter? Well, we all know that the format is staying the same, but it did give a few clues to the storyline that would be featured in the next MGS.
In true Kojima fashion, the pre-e3 hype has started, with the first 90 seconds of the E3 trailer being launched in an audio podcast in the Kojima Report. The 90 second clip was in Japanese, but was later translated on the podcast website, and went:
Snake: War has changed.
Snake: Our time has ended.
Snake: Our war is over.
Campbell: Since the Manhattan incident, restrictions on military intervention in foreign countries have eased, fuelling demand for mercenaries.
Campbell: Today, the world's wars depend largely on PMCs, private military companies whose business includes supplying these mercenaries.
Campbell: PMCs have become a serious threat to the world.
Snake: The U.S. has exported too much of its military power. Now she's paying the price.
Campbell: In total, they've got enough manpower to rival the U.S. military.
Campbell: Based on our investigation, the five largest PMCs are run by a dummy corporation, which acts as a single mother company.
Snake: And the mother company...?
Campbell: Outer Heaven.
Snake: The one world in which soldiers will always have a place....
The most interesting revelation about this transcript is the reference to Outer Heaven, a company started by FOXHOUND chief Big Boss in the original Metal Gear. While Outer Heaven was destroyed in that game there have been continued references to it in later games, but never playing a large role. The full trailer will be revealed at E3 next week, so check back to find out exactly what this all means.
View: Kojima Podcast