Fans flock to GAME Westfield White City to celebrate the launch of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance with gaming legends Hideo Kojima and Yoji Shinkawa.
Last night GAME played host to legendary videogame director Hideo Kojima at Westfield White City to celebrate the official UK launch of the long-awaited Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.
Mr. Kojima was joined by Konami lead artist and series creative director Yoji Shinkawa as they took part in an exclusive Q&A in front of 450 fans who had congregated for the midnight launch at GAME.
The two videogame icons answered questions from GAME’s Twitter and Facebook community and shed some light on the inner workings of one of the most successful franchises in videogame history. Mr Kojima declared that development on Metal Gear Rising had begun four years ago, but that after running into difficulties they turned to Platinum Games for help. He described the process as “a long, tough road”, but emphasized that he was very happy with the result and excited to be at the launch. “Especially this time, because this project had so many difficulties and we’re happy to finally see it go out.”
Mr. Kojima dismissed the notion of rebooting the Metal Gear franchise, reassuring fans that he was busy at work on the upcoming Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes. “Don’t worry, it will be coming soon!”
When asked what he wanted to be remembered for, Mr. Kojima said: “What I was successful in doing was being able to introduce storytelling into the action game genre. And if anything I think that’s what people recognize me for.”
However he does not want fans to think that he is going anywhere: “As far as what I want to leave behind… I’m not going to leave anything behind, because I’m going to keep on making games forever. I’m just going to keep on going till I die. And even after my body gives up, I’ll turn myself into a cyborg so I can keep on making games. So if you want to keep on playing my games you guys have to turn into cyborgs as well.”
Mr. Kojima and Mr. Shinkawa then hopped till-side to serve customers with their copy of the game, as well as posing for photos.
Babak Salim, Store Manager at GAME White City said: “What an honour and privilege it has been for us to have both Hideo Kojima and Yoji Shinkawa here at our store tonight! Each Metal Gear release is a major event in the gaming world, and fans are now foaming at the mouth to go home and try the brilliant game that is Revengeance. This has been an incredible event for our community and an unforgettable night. Come back soon Kojima-san!”
Customers who pre-ordered the game received a GAME exclusive Steelbook Cover illustrated by Mr. Shinkawa, plus the download code for an in-game bonus available at no other UK retailer: Raiden’s Inferno Armour.