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Secret Metal Gear Solid Project is Metal Gear Solid Rising

E3 announcement joined by online version of censored Famitsu interview.


Metal Gear Solid Rising was formally announced today at Microsoft's pre-E3 press conference. Hideo Kojima snuck up behind Don Matrick like Yoichi Wada did last year for Final Fantasy XIII and made the big announcement himself.

(Surprisingly, Kojima spoke English. I've heard that he doesn't actually speak the language. I salute Kojima for doing a much better job of faking it that Yoichi Wada usually does.)

The new Metal Gear Solid is Rising.

"It is my pleasure to announce that I'm bringing the Metal Gear Solid franchise to Xbox 360," said Kojima. "I can confirm that the next major release will be called Metal Gear Solid Rising and that development is currently under way for the Xbox 360."

A brief trailer showed stormy skies, the "R" letter from the teaser site, and the character with all the headgear who was the second character to appear at the site. Everyone initially assumed this character to be Raiden, and sure enough the trailer finished with the phrase "Raiden is back."

Kojima promised "a completely new Metal Gear experience" before leaving the stage.

Now that we know the title, we know the main character, and we know that the genre is "lighting bolt action," would it be a good time to go back and take another look at that now infamous Famitsu interview? You know, the one with all the censored characters?

Sounds like a good idea! Famitsu apparently thinks so, as they put up the full interview today at Famitsu.com.

Sadly, it's the interview as is in its original censored form. And I'm pretty sure that it still doesn't make any sense.

There's one point of note at the bottom of the interview. Remember how the Hideo Channel radio broadcast revealed that there are some instances where the censor circles do not match the number of characters? The interview has now been updated with a warning about this.

Famitsu's upcoming print issue, set for Friday release and Wednesday leakage, will host the same interview, this time with the circles filled in with proper characters. During the Hideo Channel broadcast, Kojima also said that the interview will be shared on Famitsu.com leading up to the game's proper E3 unveiling.

The game's countdown site is also set to see its next update at 7:00 Japan time. While I'd previously assumed a new countdown would start then, the fact that the name has been given away would suggest that this may not be the case.

Farewell, Kojima Productions countdown site. I will tell my kids about you.

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