Industry darlings Kojima Productions have started their E3 warm up not with a bang, but with a growing roll of thunder. After weeks of cryptic teasing and hints the developer has begun the E3 build-up by launching a teaser web site for their next project. However, while we’re ridiculously intrigued as to what Kojima and company have up their stealth-camouflaged sleeves we can’t help but notice the teaser site resembles a web-cam view of rural England.
Eager web-spies have noticed that, by viewing the page’s source code, the meta keywords read “Hideo Kojima, MGS, METAL GEAR, NEXT, game, konami, kojima game, KJP, Kojima Production.” While this is hardly confirmation that the next game is based in the Metal Gear universe (the title is simply being referred to as “Kojima Production NEXT” on the site) there is growing industry-murmurs that the project may indeed be the long-awaited arrival of Metal Gear Solid on Microsoft’s Xbox 360. Or it could just be Konami’s way of dragging gullible MGS internet traffic to the site.
The source of this information is none-other than Twitter, which appears to have taken over the world, via Twitterer (is that even a word?!) GameFork who claims to have access to Microsoft’s upcoming E3 line-up and, based on their disclosures, appears to work within a journalistic capacity. GameFork claims that MS’s line-up at E3 will be, “MS E3 big drops. Xbox Fluid – New Motion camera! Splinter Cell Conviction Halo ODST Alan Wake APB Metal Gear Solid 4 + Oxide (Show Finale).”
While there is no solid confirmation that Metal Gear Solid 4 + Oxide is the product in question, or whether GameFork’s a legitimate source, but the two puzzle pieces do fit together incredibly well given the timing of the teaser site, E3 and GameFork’s surprising information, I’m sure 360 players across the globe have their fingers crossed in eager anticipation.
Be sure to check back on May 18th when, hopefully, the site dispenses with the cloak-and-daggers and shows us the money. Or makes us cry with disappointment.