If you needed an excuse to pick up Konami’s Zone of the Enders HD Collection when it comes out this October (well, besides the fact that ZoE 2 is one of the best games ever made,) well, here it is: in addition to the remastered PS2 games, the collection will also include an early demo for Kojima Productions and Platinum Games’ upcoming Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. If you’re interested in Koji-Pro’s offerings for this year, there’s new footage of both ZoE HD and Revengeance after the jump:
The new trailer for Revengeance is certainly a lot more exciting than the original trailer from last year’s E3. A collaborative project between the traditional Metal Gear developers at Kojima Productions and the action game veterans at Platinum Games (best known for Bayonetta, Vanquish), Revengeance looks like it blends Platinum’s iconic stylish action with Metal Gear’s strong focus on story and cinematic presentation. I know a lot of fanboys hate the new direction that this spin-off has taken, but as a fan of both Metal Gear and Platinum Games’ previous titles, I’m pretty excited to play Revengeance.
The demo will initially only be available via the Zone of the Enders HD Collection, but Konami is promising that the demo will be released for free via PSN or XBLA at a later date, similar to how Capcom is distributing the demo of Resident Evil 6 early to customers who purchase new copies of Dragon’s Dogma. This isn’t the first time that Zone of the Enders and Metal Gear have been packaged together: the original Zone of the Enders was bundled with an exclusive demo of Metal Gear Solid 2.
As for the actual collection itself, it’s… well, it’s the same Zone of the Enders games that were on PS2, except now they’ve been upscaled to 1080p. Despite being titles that were released comparatively early in the PS2’s lifespan, both games still look absolutely beautiful. ZoE2 is one of my all-time favorite games, and I’m buying the collection just so that I can have another excuse to replay it for the billionth time. In addition to the new graphics and trophy/achievement support, Konami has also commissioned a new anime intro for the games from acclaimed animation studio Sunrise, the same company that produced the Gundam franchise: