Announcements from the Metal Gear Solid 20th Anniversary Celebration

The Metal Gear Solid series has long been one of the most “cinematic” franchises in the history of video games, and at this year’s 20th anniversary of the game, series creator Hideo Kojima has announced that they are partnering with Columbia Pictures to produce a Metal Gear Solid movie.

The military inspired, tactical stealth action series has seen 5 full fledged entries and several spin-offs, most of which have featured heavy handed and convoluted stories with double and sometimes triple plot reversals.

Honestly, with all of the deep back story of this game and the lack of player interaction (one of the series’ hallmarks) it’s going to be difficult for them to pull this one off.

This news isn’t particularly fascinating however, because talk of a film adaptation of this series has been buzzing around Hollywood for a very long time and nothing has come to fruition.

Additionally, as big of a fan of the series as I am, I can see the movie version going horribly wrong, in the same vein of the Resident Evil films, or worse yet, the Super Mario Bros. movie.

Producer Avi Arad was on hand to deliver the very lame quote, “For many years I fought to bring comics to theaters – and video games are the comics of today,” but this still leaves me skeptical.  His latest production was for The Amazing Spiderman, a film that admittedly I have not seen, but only because it looked so uninteresting. In a time period where comic book films are either hit or miss, and fans of the original works can often feel alienated by their onscreen counterparts, it might be too early to say call this film being a success or a failure.

What actually is interesting is the other announcement of the day — that a new Metal Gear Solid game had been announced.  Currently titled Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, the game is set to take place in an open world game (contrary to the very tight linearity of the predecessors) and will feature one of the series’ protagonists/antagonists, Big Boss.  This announcement comes after a series of industry festivals (gamescom, E3, Tokyo Games Show) have featured the yet to be released game, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, which is due out next February.

Hey Hideo, how about we quit getting so announcement happy and just release some damn games already?

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