Konami is keeping the tradition alive pertaining to the Zone of the Ender and Metal Gear franchises. As veteran gamers know, when the first Zone of the Enders game was released on the PS2 back in 2001 it included the first and only public demo of MGS2: Sons of Liberty. Back in the day before demos were made available on a near weekly basis thanks to digital distribution, receiving a demo packed in with a game was a big deal, thus ZoE was bought by gamers merely to get a taste of MGS2.
History may now repeat itself as Konami have announced that the forthcoming release of the Zone of the Enders HD Collection will include a demo for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. The Kojima Productions/Platinum Games hack and slash title will soon be available to gamers to get a small taste of before they hop into some Orbital Frame action.
It was rumored that the ZoE HD Collection would include a MGR demo, but it was unknown if it would be for both the NA and EU territories or once again be another Japan only exclusive. Well today Konami put such rumors to rest as a Metal Gear Rising demo will be included with ZoE HD when it arrives on the PS3 and Xbox 360 on October 30th in North America.
Contents of the demo weren’t made available, but it’s likely to be the same one that was made available at E3 and PAX Prime this year as opposed to the new one available at the Tokyo Game Show this week. Demo content issues aside, it’ll likely be a nice occasion for hardcore MGS/Kojima Production fans to finally get a taste of Rising and see if the zandatsu mechanics are worth the hype they’ve received.
One last thing worth noting about the ZoE HD Collection is that Konami has only given a release date for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions. The once announced PS Vita entry hasn’t been updated at all so it looks like it may officially be cancelled as of now, thus we’ll have one less transfaring game in the world.
I don’t know if history will completely repeat itself and people will only buy ZoE HD to play a demo, but one could hope that gamers will actually buy ZoE for that experience alone and not to see the latest iteration of the Metal Gear series.
For those who don’t want to play the Metal Gear Rising demo then you’ll have to wait for February to play the full game.