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All Articles: Zone of the Enders 3
Hideo Kojima has a full plate. He is currently working on Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and pretending to be the fictional CEO of a fictional game development studio. He’d have to be two people to take on all that as well as Zone of the Enders 3.
Sadly, it sounds like the latest HideoBlog web radio show has put the brakes on ZoE3.
Kojima was bothered by the fan reaction to Zone of the Enders HD Collection. So bothered that he’s tasked his Kojima Productions team to produce a patch for the PS3 version to make the compilation feel more like the PS2 original.
Continuing to clean house, Kojima has disbanded the team that was working on Zone of the Enders 3 because “[he] would like to re-evaluate the franchise before moving forward.”
It’s unknown how far along the “Enders Project,” Kojima’s internal name for Zone of the Enders 3, actually was. The game was first announced a year ago and only Kojima knows if it ever progressed beyond the “experimental” stage.
Kojima Productions hit us with a double whammy of gaming news today. The first was the announcement that the Zone of the Enders HD Collection will be released in Japan on October 25 (three days after my birthday, but if anyone wishes to buy, I will accept a late present!).
However, the biggest news was that Hideo Kojima himself revealed that a third Enders title, currently known as the Enders Project, is in the very early stages of development. At the HD Night talk held in Shinjuku Wald 9 Cinema, Kojima showed off drawings and models that the staff have been building in order to experiment converting to CG for use with their internally developed Fox Engine, under the watchful eyes of producer Ryosuki Toriyama. It is unclear as to what range of success the experiments have yielded, if the Fox Engine will be used at all for the new instalment, or what platforms Enders Project will be developed for.
But it’s good to know that work has finally (and officially) begun on Zone of the Enders 3.