Videogames breaking new ground

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Johannesburg - Konami Digital Entertainment will use this year’s gamescom event to showcase its forthcoming titles, and will also break new ground with KONAMI OnAir, which will be broadcast during the five-day event.

Held in Cologne from August 15-19, gamescom is the premier European gaming event. KONAMI will be using the event to show titles such as METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE, PES 2013 and two new installments in the Castlevania:

Lords of Shadow series. Furthermore, KONAMI will be using a dedicated virtual studio on its stand to deliver a series of events to enhance the exhibition experience.

The studio will host interviews with the leading talents behind KONAMI’s games, and will offer a steady stream of coverage through the publisher’s many social media channels.

The studio will be housed on the KONAMI stand in Hall 7, and will broadcast news, trailers, interviews, which will be available via live streams, Youtube, Facebook and Twitter.

Users of social networks will also have the chance to interact and leave direct feedback, while show attendees can also be more directly involved. A detailed schedule of the shows will be announced at a later date.

The Cologne event will see KONAMI’s big hitters available to experience first-hand, and visitors will be able to carve a swathe through METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE, the new action title created by Kojima Productions and Platinum Games.

METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE takes the deep cinematic experience associated with the Metal Gear series, and combines it with PlatinumGames’ unique brand of high-tempo action to create an entirely new game experience.

Players guide Raiden against rival PMC group (Private Military Company), Desperado Enterprises and use his High Frequency Blade to freely slice through enemies and obstacles alike. METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE will be available in the beginning of 2013 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

PES 2013 ups the ante for football games, with its new PES FullControl, Player ID and ProActive AI elements, which bring a heightened level of control and a great deal of individuality to the game. KONAMI`s newest addition to the Pro Evolution Soccer series offers players the chance to play any given style thanks to its three key, new elements.

PES FullControl allows users to move completely freely, and offers fully manual shooting and passing. Player ID ensures the world`s best players act and move exactly like their real-life counterparts, while ProActive AI mimics the movement and behaviour of team mates as they would on the field of play – with the fast and slower phases of play perfectly recreated. PES 2013 will be published in Autumn 2012 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows PC, PlayStation 2, PSP (PlayStation Portable), Nintendo 3DS and Wii.

Following the incredible success of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow which was developed by Mercury Steam, KONAMI will also be showing a playable version of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate, which will be available in autumn exclusively for Nintendo 3DS™. Set 25 years after the events of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, it reveals the story of Simon and Trevor Belmont and their personal fight against Dracula.

During the stunning action title, players take on roles of several different characters and can use a variety of strategic fight elements within the game’s unique setting, which features both high-resolution 3D Polygon graphics and sidewise scrollable game layers.

“Innovation and strong brands – that is what KONAMI is all about at this year`s gamescom”, explained Martin Schneider, General Manager of Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH. “With new versions of Pro Evolution Soccer, Metal Gear and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, fans and gamers are introduced to our best brands.

“And via KONAMI onAir, we can connect directly with our community and bring KONAMI`s gamescom attractions to gamers all over the world – an exciting interaction that has never been at the show before.”

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