Against all odds, Spike TV has managed to get its Video Game Awards show to be the focus of the entire industry. Rumors of Mass Effect 3, new details on Batman: Arkham City, and a new trailer for Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception all have video game fans in a buzz. Despite being an awards show, the VGAs have positioned themselves as one of the hot places to debut new games. Along with those names already mentioned or leaked, it appears we can now add Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker to the list of potential announcement to watch for during the show.
During a video promoting the event, GameTrailers TV's Geoff Keighley talks up how many exclusive reveals are going to take place at the VGAs. Towards the end of the clip, the screen flashes to the Peace Walker logo for about a second, then cuts back to Keighley. Nothing is specifically said about the game, but it is a pretty obvious hint that something regarding the game will be revealed during the show. Take a look at the trailer:
As for what the logo is in reference to, no one seems to know. Could it be the often rumored port of Peace Walker to PSN? Could a version of the game be coming to PS2 as a retail disc? Could it be something as unexciting as an expansion pack or some other type of DLC for the existing PSP version of Peace Walker?
Judging by the sales numbers of PSP systems and games (not to mention the imminent reveal of PSP2), it seems unlikely that there would be any sort of new retail release for Sony's handheld. It is possible that there could be a PS2 port of the original game, as numerous other PSP titles (like Secret Agent Clank and the Syphon Filter games) have gone that route, but would that really warrant mention on the VGAs? Could it possibly be some sort of new version of Peace Walker, designed from the ground up for PS3, online play included? Now, that would be something.
As a huge fan of the Metal Gear series, I was disappointed by Peace Walker. The controls, while adequate for a PSP game, were just not able to keep up with the gameplay, which screams for a second analog stick. The narrative, too, was a letdown. It started off strong, but lost steam during the end, and had no real effect on the overall MGS story. That being said, there are some great moments in the game, and there is definitely potential that could be better realized on a different console.
The announcement could be any of these options, or none of them. Whatever it ends up being, more Metal Gear is always a good thing. Now we just need to tune in the the VGAs on Spike tomorrow night to see what is actually revealed.
So readers, what do you hope this announcement is? A port to PSN? A sequel? A brand new PS3 title?
The Spike TV Video Game Awards will air live, December 11, 2010, at 8:00 PM EST (5:00 PM PST) on Spike TV.