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Just last week, Legendary Pictures retitled their Kong prequel pic and pushed back its release by several months. While the reason for the shift in both date and title weren’t offered, it seems production is still steaming ahead. Courtesy of a Deadline report, we’ve learned that Whiplash‘s hard-hitting mentor, J.K. Simmons has signed on for a role in the renamed, Kong: Skull Island.
Simmons will be joining comic book veteran, Tom Hiddleston, for the trek to Skull Island – home to cinema’s iconic giant ape, King Kong. Set to establish an entirely separate timeline from the events of other Kong films, this rebooted take will follow a gang of explorers who decide to venture deep into the island. Apart from that simple outline, there’s no details on who precisely Simmons will be portraying.
A long-standing character actor, this year Simmons received widespread critical acclaim for his »
- Gem Seddon
A new synopsis for Metal Gear Solid v: The Phantom Pain has been added to its official website just a few days after Metal Gear Online was announced. The new synopsis gives us a little information from what we can expect from the story…
The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan has brought a new edge to the Cold War, and in 1984, a one-eyed man with a prosthetic arm appears in the country. Those who know him call him Snake; the legendary mercenary who was once swept from the stage of history and left in a coma by American private intelligence network Cipher. Snake is accompanied by Ocelot, an old friend who saved him from attack when he finally awoke.
Now, Snake’s former partner Kazuhira Miller is being held by the Soviet forces in Afghanistan. Snake must undertake a solo mission to rescue Miller and prove to the world that the »
- Thomas Roach
As one of the most revered developers in the industry and the father of Metal Gear Solid, Hideo Kojima doesn’t like to do things by halves. Having trolled players and critics alike with the nebulous, wholly brilliant reveal for Silent Hills back at Gamescom, it seems the series creator may have been at it once more during last weekend’s The Game Awards 2014 — albeit in a more low-key fashion.
According to Reddit, the Swedish text on Kojima’s shirt — “tjugoandra den sjätte”, to be specific — translated as “twenty-two the sixth,” thereby hinting that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain may arrive on June 22, 2015.
Now, the skeptic among you be wondering why on earth an obscure Swedish byline would refer to the fifth numerical entry in Kojima’s stealth series, but it’s important to note that when the director first unveiled The Phantom Pain, it was under a »
- Michael Briers
For a while now fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of Metal Gear Solid V, but almost a year after its prelude game Ground Zeroes there is still no release date for The Phantom Pain. We know that the game will be released some time in 2015 but that is really all we have to go on… until now.
During a presentation at The Game Awards, Mgs creator Hideo Kojima was seen wearing a shirt with Swedish words on it which read “Tjugoan Den Sjatte”. Frankly this meant nothing until Reddit users translated this. Tjugoan means 22nd and Den Sjatte means the 6th, so it is assumed this means that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is set for release on June 22nd, 2015.
The reason that the shirt was in Swedish is a reference to back when the game was only known as The Phantom Pain and we were »
- Thomas Roach
We knew it was coming a week ago, but tonight at the 2014 Video Game Awards, we got our first look at the return of Metal Gear Online. The debut trailer was introduced by not only series creator Hideo Kojima, but also Kiefer Sutherland, the new voice of Snake.
Taking the stage prior to the footage airing, Sutherland talked about not only his excitement in regards to participating in the project, but also his belief in a future in the entertainment industry where gaming, film and television all come together as one. Kojima followed afterwards in order to introduce footage from the versus mode of Metal Gear Online, which will come bundled with the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
In the trailer, which can be seen above, we see Snake and his team infiltrate a desert compound where they co-ordinate and execute their attacks in a quick and lethal fashion. »
- Eric Hall
Remember that scene at the end of Metal Gear Solid 4 where Big Boss makes a shocking return, nicely tying together the two generations of characters seen throughout the series? It’s a great moment – one that gave fans one last big surprise before the credits.
On the flip side, Hideo Kojima has always been known to trick and tease followers of Mgs too. Series’ legend Solid Snake was sneakily replaced as the lead character by newcomer Raiden in Metal Gear Solid 2, despite most pre-launch materials still heavily featuring the former.
Basically, Kojima does whatever he wants and that makes a Metal Gear Solid game exciting. More great examples of this can be found in MGS4, with several huge shocks from characters like Eva (as Big Mama) helping to tie up loose ends from across the franchise.
The Phantom Pain is set during a previously unexplored period of time within the Metal Gear universe, »
- Sam Coleman
During the rumor-filled days leading up to the launch of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns Of The Patriots, many were stunned and in disbelief that director Hideo Kojima had found a way to fill up an entire Blu-Ray disc. This was supposed to be our brand-new advanced format for storage space that would see us never having to switch discs again, but here we were, only one year into the lifecycle of the PlayStation 3 with one game already maxed out.
As time went on, though, technology improved and newer models of the PlayStation 3 featuring much bigger hard drives were released. There was still no way to download Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns Of The Patriots, but all of that will change soon, as a $25 digital version will become available through Psn on December 17th.
If, for whatever reason, you haven’t picked up a physical copy yet and have never »
- Robert Kojder
This year’s annual The Game Awards are only three days away and excitement is beginning to build across the four corners of the industry. To heighten the anticipation even more, longtime host Geoff Keighley has taken to Twitter to confirm that PlayStation 4 owners can look forward to all-new looks at Bloodborne and The Order: 1886. Not only that, the show — which is due to take place on Friday, December 5 — will host no less than twelve world premieres.
Here’s the teases that Keighley has published over the last couple of days:
This Friday night we will showcase more than a dozen world premieres @thegameawards Which games would you like to see? More to share soon.
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) November 30, 2014
On Friday night @playstation fans can expect new looks at Bloodborne, The Order: 1886 and more @thegameawards leading into PlayStation Exp
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) December 2, 2014
Last year’s event played host to a number of notable reveals, »
- Michael Briers
Ever since it was taken offline back in 2012, there have been murmurings that Metal Gear Online – the spin-off multiplayer component within Hideo Kojima’s seminal stealth series — would make a reappearance on new hardware.
Fast forward to 2014 and it turns out series creator Kojima is indeed ready to reintroduce the ill-fated tactical shooter, which will have its “world premiere” during next week’s The Game Awards in Las Vegas, according to longtime host Geoff Keighley.
Next Friday night I’m honored @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN will join us at @thegameawards to world premiere Metal Gear Online. pic.twitter.com/rT6sLDfdxb
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) November 27, 2014
First appearing within Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence on the PlayStation 2, the multiplayer section is perhaps best known for Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. Alas, it never truly gained traction in the way that Kojima would have liked, which forced the studio to »
- Michael Briers
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last twenty years or so, you’ll have heard of the legendary Metal Gear Solid series. Undoubtedly, someone you know will have gushed to you about its greatness for hours on end while you sit there and struggle to understand everything coming out of their mouths – that’s the Mgs effect.
It’s definitely a series that needs to be played; words simply cannot do it justice. Not only does it create intense, atmospheric stealth gameplay – it also has a sprawling epic story which ties together a number of plot threads at once with lengthy, movie-like cutscenes creating memorable moments throughout.
Intriguingly, Metal Gear isn’t bound by realism. Instead, somewhere in development, creator Hideo Kojima decided to forego convention and simply allowed himself to make Metal Gear as bonkers as possible.
As a result, it doesn’t always »
- Sam Coleman
At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, the world was transfixed by Marvel’s typically-grandiose Hall H presentation. However, they weren’t the only studio on hand to deliver bombshells to the film industry in attendance. During their spot in the limelight, Legendary Studios revealed plans for a King Kong prequel titled Skull Island.
While news has been on the slow side, there are a few elements firmly in place. From the offset, Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein was brought on board to work on the script, which seemed to have satisfied the studio as they granted the pic a 2016 release date. Moving on a few months and news landed that Loki himself, Tom Hiddleston, had signed on to take the leading role under the direction of Jordan Vogt-Roberts.
Today’s news, which Deadline broke earlier, now reveals that Borenstein is off the project as he’s busy penning the sequel to Godzilla. »
- Gem Seddon
The Golden Joystick Awards today rewarded the best of the best in international gaming. With over nine million votes cast, the Golden Joysticks once again proved, in its 32nd year, why it is the biggest award show in the world of video gaming.
Dark Souls II was awarded the most prestigious gong of the afternoon – Game of the Year, in association with Green Man Gaming. Following on from Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls, this is the third game in this hugely acclaimed series. An action RPG (role-player game), Dark Souls II was the resounding winner as voted for by the worlds gamers.
Lifetime Achievement recipient, Hideo Kojima is revered as one of the most influential and important people in the world of gaming. He has worked in the industry for almost 30 years and without him gaming as we know it would be a unrecognisable. Creator, director and writer of »
- Phil Wheat
Selling a video game to players is an art, a feat of marketing and PR that encompasses so many factors and can go so, so wrong at so many points. As such, developers have often avoided the fair, simple option of releasing an honest trailer and letting the public make up their own minds: instead they’ve flat-out lied to consumers in an attempt to shift units, and naturally, their approach has been a rousing, disgusting success.
There’s marketing a video game and then there’s intentionally deceiving the player base, which for the most part is what happened in these 13 cases of video games sold to us under one impression and delivering something else that didn’t quite measure up. Several of these games are, in fact, pretty good, but they either didn’t live up to the hype or simply weren’t what fans paid their hard-earned money for, »
- Jack Pooley
This years Tokyo Game Show kicked off last week and in attendance was Kojima Productions, Hideo Kojima and his team to show off a brand new trailer for Metal Gear Solid V. The Gameplay trailer and entire conversation on stage was entirely in Japanese and had many western fans wonder what exactly was being discussed as the stunning gameplay trailer was shown.
However, fans outside of Japan can now see a full English version of the gameplay trailer complete with voice over as Punished Snake makes his was through a mountainous jungle terrain akin to that seen in the original MGS3: Snake Eater only with much more up to date and stunning visuals shown off through Kojima’s new Fox Engine, which was also demoed at Tgs and plans to be leased to other studios so they to can build their games with the powerful engine, an example which »
- Gary Collinson
When you talk about cross-media collaboration dream teams, it’s hard to get more impressive than Guillermo del Toro and Hideo Kojima. Gdt is the cinematic visionary who brought us films like Pacific Rim and The Devil’s Backbone. Kojima is video game development’s biggest rock star, the guy responsible for Metal Gear Solid. What happens when these two guys get together to make something? Silent Hills happens. The latest entry in the classic survival horror video game series will feature Kojima and del Toro working together to scare the bejesus out of you – and if this new footage from the Tokyo Game Show is any indication, the dynamic duo is on the right track. We don’t know a whole lot about the game at this point, only that it features The Walking...
- Mike Bracken
Coming out of last month’s Gamescom, a small horror game called P.T., or The Playable Teaser, stole the spotlight. Downloadable for free on the PlayStation 4, the game came with virtually no warning or explanation. Instead, it let players explore—and be horrified by—the game for themselves.
P.T. initially presents itself as a simple affair, set in the hallway of an average-looking house. Players start at one end and walk through the hall to a door that seemingly leads to a garage. But that door instead opens back into the hallway. In each subsequent loop, the hallway changes, »
- Jonathon Dornbush
One of the big upcoming projects on the slate of Legendary is its King Kong origin story, Skull Island. Announced at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this year, the film is heading to cinemas in November 2016, with Max Borenstein penning the original screenplay for the film.
Now we learn of a couple of key new personnel additions. In front of the camera, Skull Island has lured in Tom Hiddleston to play the lead (having just finished work on Ben Wheatley's adaptation of J G Ballard's High-Rise). It's busy times for Hiddleston, as he's also set to play Hank Williams in the biopic I Saw The Light.
Marvel fans who can’t get enough of the demigod Loki may be drawn to the massive monster franchise Legendary is cooking up, as it’s just been announced that Tom Hiddleston will play the lead role in the upcoming King Kong origins movie, Skull Island. A new director has also been attached to the film that will explore the seemingly prehistoric island teeming with colossal creatures.
Legendary announced today that Jordan Vogt-Roberts will direct Skull Island off a screenplay by Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein. Skull Island was revealed at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con during a surprising teaser video that concluded with an amped-up King Kong. In late July we reported that Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) had been offered the director’s chair for the project, but now it is Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) who will helm the large-scale adventure.
- Derek Anderson
Skull Island as seen in the 1933 original
After a surprise announcement at this year’s Comic-Con, Legendary Pictures has announced a director and leading actor for the King Kong prequel, Skull Island. The film, set to be released in November 2016, will be directed by The Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. The director recently directed several episodes of FX’s dark romantic comedy You’re the Worst and is attached to direct the film adaptation of Metal Gear Solid. The film will star Thor and The Avenger’s Tom Hiddleston, who recently starred in Only Lovers Left Alive and will appear in next year’s Guillermo del Toro horror film Crimson Peak, which will also be produced by Legendary.
- Max Molinaro
Hiddleston will reportedly play the lead role in the project, though no further details about his character are available at this point.
At the same time, "The Kings of Summer" director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is confirmed to be directing the film which will deal with the many monsters occupying the mysterious, remote and harsh Skull Island.
Vogt-Roberts, who is also slated to direct the upcoming film based on the "Metal Gear Solid" franchise, confirmed his recruitment via Twitter.
The project, which was announced at this year's Comic Con, is currently targeting a late 2016 release.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
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