Konami pre-E3 press conference 2013

Konami is once again eschewing the more traditional E3 press conference in favor of a pre-E3 streaming variant. Expect to hear more about Kojima Production's mysterious, and still confusing, plans for Metal Gear Solid 5, the Fox Engine-powered Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 trailer kicks off Gabriel Belmont's quest for revenge

The E3 2013 trailer for MercurySteam's Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, which publisher Konami Digital Entertainment showed during its pre-E3 press briefing today, shows the beginning of Gabriel Belmont's quest for revenge.

"I cannot die, yet I cannot live," says Belmont (voice of Robert Carlyle) in the trailer, which runs for more than six minutes. Zobek (voice of Patrick Stewart), one of the original game's titular lords, offers Belmont a path forward: "Help me, and I can free you of your immortality," he tells the knight who has become Dracula.

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Konami outlines the core technology behind PES 2014's new engine

Pro Evolution Soccer 2014's new technology, which was revealed to be powered by Konami's Fox Engine earlier this year, was further outlined in today's Konami Pre-E3 press conference.

The TrueBall system, which was discussed briefly when the game's Fox Engine incorporation was revealed, is one of the major physics upgrades the series is undergoing. Using TrueBall, players will be able to move the ball "in any direction," giving them greater control when getting the ball across the field on the ground or in the air. Another physics upgrade is the Motion Animation Stability System (or MASS),...

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is all about Dracula, allowing players to freely explore

For developer MercurySteam, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is all about Dracula and properly explaining his story in a way they felt it has not been previously done, the studio said in Konami's pre-E3 conference today.

"When we set out in 2007 to reimagine Castlevania and do something new with it, it was a very risky proposition and we were all very nervous about it," said producer Dave Cox. "With the Lords of Shadow universe we decided very early on that we wanted to tell the story of Dracula, but felt that Dracula had never been properly explained, and his story had never been properly...

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Kiefer Sutherland is Snake's new voice actor in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

Actor Kiefer Sutherland will take on the role of Snake in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, Konami confirmed today, with Sutherland performing voice and facial capture for the character, who will be 49 years old in the forthcoming sequel.

"The themes are a little different from previous games in the series," Metal Gear series creator Hideo Kojima said of Sutherland's casting. "We're taking on some heavy subjects, like race and revenge. As a result, I wanted Snake to have a more subdued performance expressed through subtle facial movements and tone of voice, rather than words."

The...

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Konami to stream pre-E3 press conference June 6

Konami will stream its pre-E3 press conference Thursday, June 6 at 1:30 p.m. ET, the publisher announced today on its official Twitter account.

The presentation, which Konami traditionally uses to discuss its upcoming releases before the bombast of E3 begins, will stream both on Gamespot's website and Xbox 360 media application, and will also be hosted on Konami's site. Games likely to show up in the presentation include Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2.

We'll be covering the event live, so tune in for any announcements Konami might have up its...

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