Hideo Kojima, the creator of the Metal Gear Solid series, has clarified the age of main protagonist Snake in the upcoming Ground Zeroes, saying that the lightning options used in the game might make him look a little older than the team originally intended.
The veteran developer stated via Twitter that, “Saw many tweet about Snake in grey hair after taking off the goggle. This is due to the rim-lighting.”
When some of his followers were not satisfied with the explanation he delivered, Kojima followed up by offering them another picture which showed the same image that was used in the promotional materials without the night-vision goggles.
Kojima Productions has not offered too much official information about Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes and even the gameplay sequence that was shown at the 25-year anniversary event in Japan has not yet been made public.
The game is thought by most of the fan base to be a prequel for Metal Gear Solid 4, but the fact that a number of characters from the game are mentioned also allows Kojima Productions to create a game that explores other Snake missions between the third and the fourth games in the series.
Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes uses the new Fox Engine and Kojima
has said that it will use the core mechanics of the series and that it will encourage players to be stealthy and take out enemies without being detected.
The gameplay section shown to the audience in Japan included crawling around, some searchlight avoidance, a commandeered Jeep and a spectacular last minute extraction via helicopter.
Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes will be launched during 2013 and will probably appear on the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360.
Until then, fans of the series can also enjoy Metal Gear Rising: Revengance, a more action-oriented title featuring Raiden.