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Konami Bringing Heavy Hitters to GamesCom

by Rainier on July 27, 2009 @ 6:11 a.m. PDT

Konami will premiere a wave of new titles (Castlevania, MGS, Pro Evolution Soccer, Silent Hill) at the gamescom event in Cologne, with key development talent (Hideo Kojima, Shingo "Seabass" Takatsuka) on hand to present and answer questions on their work.

The publisher will premiere a wave of stunning titles that includes PES 2010, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, and will be showcasing the talent behind those games with appearances from Hideo Kojima, Studio Head of Kojima Productions and mastermind behind the Metal Gear Solid series; Shingo ‘Seabass’ Takatsuka, Producer of Pro Evolution Soccer; and many others of its biggest talents from Overseas and Europe who will visit the event in Cologne. These developers will attend the gamescom to showcase their games in a series of special presentations with a unique look behind the scenes of their work.

Hideo Kojima, legendary creator of the most successful tactical espionage videogame series of all time, will present Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker for PSP® (PlayStation®Portable). The latest installment of the Metal Gear Solid series picks up where Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater left off. Players take control of the famed Snake, in a thrilling story set in 1974. Game design, story and scenario come directly from the pen of the master himself who will be presenting Peace Walker with a new video trailer and will be signing autographs.

Konami will be presenting a further world premiere with PES 2010. The new game has been developed following months of listening to feedback from fan forums and advice from PES players. Consequently PES Producer Shingo ‘Seabass’ Takatsuka will be visiting gamescom to introduce the results of this unique collaboration to visitors and fans. Seabass is promising to European players that new PES 2010 will be the most realistic and satisfying PES to date.

A few weeks ago Konami announced the Wii version of PES 2010 will be released in the autumn, shortly after the versions for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. PES Wii Fans will be delighted that Producer Akiyoshi ‘Greyhound’ Chosokabe will also make his way to Cologne to present key advances in the game including new gameplay and advanced graphical elements.

The ever popular Bemani music brand will also be well represented, with Naoki Maeda, Producer for the DanceDanceRevolution brand set to appear, alongside Kenichi Miyaji, Director of the recently announced European version of pop’n rhythm.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is the most ambitious project under the direction of Konami´s European Product Planning Division to date. The epic fantasy adventure is developed by Madrid-based studio Mercury Steam and Konami’s Kojima Productions studio, led by Hideo Kojima. Dave Cox, Producer on the title and Head of Product Planning for Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH, will also visit gamescom to present the title and the revolutionary new direction that the Castlevania series is taking, revealing new insight into what’s in store. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow will be released in 2010 for PS3 and Xbox 360.

“Visitors of this year’s gamescom will get the unique chance to meet Konami´s greatest talents from Overseas and Europe,” commented Martin Schneider, European Marketing and PR Director for Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH. “Likewise, for Konami´s developers this event marks a fascinating opportunity to discuss their games with their European fans and get firsthand feedback. Konami will be showing a line up of diversity and innovation at Europe´s premier gaming event.”

Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH will attend gamescom from August 19th – 23rd and can be found in hall 7.1, booth C30. Further details and a precise time schedule concerning the developer´s presentations on the Konami stage show will be announced shortly.

 

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