Kojima is expected to reveal details on MGS: Rising.

Metal Gear Solid: Rising is bound to take centre stage at Konami's press conference, with Hideo Kojima expected to finally lift the lid off his latest project. Check in on Wednesday, June 16 at 9pm BST to see what else Konami has up its sleeve. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is bound to make an appearance in some form, but what about Konami's other big franchises? Silent Hill, Dance Dance Revolution… Frogger. We'll bring you all the news.

The following live report has now ended.
21:07:46

Hello! Things are late to get started here at the conference hall -- but the Konami press conference is due to start very soon.

21:08:52

Jamin Smith here by the way, in case you were wondering...

21:11:35

Previous live blogs this week have been laced with technical difficulties (damn internet), so do bear with me if there's a lack of updates.

21:12:02

Previous live blogs this week have been laced with technical difficulties (damn internet), so do bear with me if there's a lack of updates.

21:12:58

Like that for example. The timing was uncanny really...

21:14:17

I missed the first half of the Microsoft conference earlier in the week, so I'm particularly keen to see some Metal Gear Solid: Rising today. How about you guys? As always, let us know in the comments section below.

21:15:46

The theatre here at the convention centre is slowly reaching capacity. Hopefully things will get started imminently.

21:16:38

How's my day been so far I hear you ask? Well, I've checked out F1 2010, Body Count, and quizzed studio manager of Guerilla about Killzone 3. Good times.

21:17:45

I'd love to post some pictures of the theatre for you, but I can't connect to the wireless, and thus I can't use Twitpic on my iPhone. Your imagination will have to suffice I'm afraid.

21:18:34

Here we go!

21:20:13

House keeping introduction. "Turn your phone off, if you need to leave early the exits are here, be mindful of the cameras, etc etc"

21:21:01

Trailer now showing a montage of Konami's 2010 titles.

21:22:05

Pretty pumping trailer. I'm excited.

21:23:07

Shinji Hirano, president of Konami now on stage.

21:23:42

Talking about unique IPs. Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, Castlevania, DDR and Frogger.

21:25:19

Right, Shinji wants to get our hearts racing. "On with the show!" he says.

21:26:03

First up, Def Jam Rap Star. Technical difficulties running the trailer...

21:26:43

"It's so good they keep you waiting on the edge of your sear" -- says a yet to introduced chap on the stage.

21:27:20

It's one of the creators of Def Jam, apparently.

21:27:56

He's now talking about the game instead of running the trailer. Technical difficulties ruin all our lives, it seems.

21:28:53

Apparently Def Jam Rapstar will be a revolutionary game. It's a constantly connected game, where you'll get updates on your phone and messages from your friends long after you've switched off the game.

21:29:49

It's not a traditional game in that sense. He thanks Konami for giving them the opportunity to create such a game. Praises Konami for their reputation with music games.

21:31:01

The developers needed a partner that didn't just like hip-hop, but was hip--hop. Russell Simmons (?) has now taken to the stage. Lots of woops and cheers. Who is he?

21:32:12

A hip-hop star I guess. Not my area of musical expertise, I'll happily admit.

21:34:07

I just took a picture of him. Will post on the forums at some point for your viewing pleasure.

21:34:53

He's talking about the hip-hop genre and how Def Jam will bring that to the home consoles. He's swearing a lot too. He'd have to really. He's a rapstar.

21:35:08

Right, trailer time. Finally.

21:35:32

Harder. Faster. Better. Stronger. Tune.

21:36:07

Some dude is rapping to the Kanye version of Daft Punk's classic hit.

21:36:44

The connectivity and community features look impressive. A wannabe rapper just checked a video from a rapper friend on his iPhone.

21:37:08

Right. New trailer now being shown.

21:37:52

"You're allowed to pray" it says. "But in the ring, you're only allowed one outcome -- victory"

21:38:08

It's a wrestling game. With lots of scary looking wrestlers.

21:38:55

Luchlibre Heroes Del Ring. It's not wrestling, it's Luchalibre.

21:39:26

Three masked wrestlers (or whatever they like to be called) are standing on stage. They look pretty badass.

21:39:57

Available on 360, PS3, Wii, PSP and DS.

21:40:26

There's going to be Luchalibre match at the convention centre tomorrow. It'll be televised apparently.

21:41:03

The wrestler dudes are now getting naked (kinda) and showing their muscles. These are the guys that will be fighting in the match tomorrow.

21:41:18

They're weighing the wrestlers now.

21:42:21

Now they're slapping each other in the chest. And there's a Mexican (presumably) dude talking smack on the screen. More play fighting on stage. The crowd is lapping it up.

21:42:56

Ok, next up is...

21:43:19

Saw 2. The trailer is playing on the screen now.

21:44:19

I actually went hands on with the game yesterday. And although the game looked pretty dire from a graphical perspective, the part I played was sort of entertaining. I had to cut a key out my own eye to save myself from a bear trap around my neck. Yeah, I know.

21:44:54

John Williams now on stage, producer on Saw 2: Flesh and Blood.

21:45:20

Voice overs from characters in the film, as well as music from the composer.

21:46:19

The levels of the game are designed around Jigsaws tests, and often revolve a twist on modern machinery. The game tasks players with freeing themselves from these situations.

21:46:50

You player as the son of the main character from the first film, hence the title 'Flesh and Blood'

21:47:10

Released this Haloween on 360 and PS3.

21:48:03

Right, next up is Ninety-nine Nights 2. Or N3II, if you fancy.

21:48:50

I played this yesterday too actually. Although it received average scores, I was a big fan of the original.

21:49:33

The game has enough power to display hundreds of enemies on the screen at once. The game is not just hack and slash anymore, it's an EXTREME hack and slash title.

21:50:45

Different sets of armies and formations. You need to work out how best to take them out. "Be smart", we're told.

21:51:10

Out June 29th, on Xbox 360.

21:51:20

Trailer time!

21:52:14

Maggni, Zazi, Levv, Sephia, and Galen -- the characters of N3II have been introduced.

21:53:24

Right, next up is Otomedius Excellent. A 360 exclusive that will bring back old school shooters in a big way.

21:54:00

Think Gradius, if you want a mental image of the game.

21:54:45

One for the hard core, it seems. Time for another trailer.

21:55:16

Anime girls now on screen -- the characters of Otomedius.

21:57:19

The next title, is Adrenaline Misfits - another game that I got to try out first hand yesterday. It's a Kinect title that lets players wakeboard down a series of river based environments, using their body to control speed, direction, jumps and tricks.

21:59:07

"Come on and get of the couch" we're urged. Trailer shows a couple of kids playing the game. They're doing a lot better than I did yesterday. I looked like a right moron. They, unsurprisingly, look incredibly cool.

21:59:56

From the creators of DDR, comes Dance Masters. Producer of the game is now on stage, with a chap named Thomas who's also working on the game.

22:00:53

This is Dance Dance Evolution. The producer (who's name I'm not even going to attempt to spell) is talking very excitably about how Kinect will change the dance genre forever.

22:01:45

They're now both dancing on stage, as their on screen avatars replicate their (embarrassing) moves.

22:02:09

Thomas admits that the dance was indeed embarrassing. At least he's honest.

22:02:23

Graphics are fairly impressive actually.

22:02:43

"This is real dancing!"

22:04:06

A wide selection of dance genres are covered. They're reiterating the point that this is the evolution of dance.

22:04:27

It certainly looks a hell of a lot better than Just Dance. Not that I've played it.

22:05:30

Glee on screen now. It's Glee Karaoke!

22:05:59

This will sell like diamond encrusted hot cakes. I'm calling it now.

22:06:24

This is the tenth game in the franchise. It's called Glee: Karaoke Revolution.

22:06:58

12 million 'gleeks' tune in to watch the show each week. That's a lot of potential players.

22:07:13

Ooh! Special guests!

22:08:58

It's the John Burrows school choir. They're all around us in the audience now. Singing.

22:09:47

They're singing whilst the Glee Karaoke game plays in the background with the lyrics.

22:10:10

I was hoping for some of the characters from the show. Not that I'd recognise them.

22:11:33

The two that have microphones are actually pretty good singers.

22:12:40

The girl is an amazing singer, in fact. I'm genuinely impressed.

22:15:42

The crowd seems entertained. The choir have introduced the next presentation. A trailer for Beyblade: Metal Fusion has just finished. The game will release on Wii and DS.

22:16:14

Out this holiday season. Next up is Deca Sports 3.

22:17:04

It'll use Wii Motion plus, and cover a range of unique sports.

22:17:29

Fencing, log cutting and snow boarding were shown in the trailer.

22:19:01

What is the obsession with sport-based motion controlled games? Do we really need another? I'm not saying it looks bad, but the genre is incredibly saturated.

22:20:14

Next up is something a bit more interesting. A trailer is playing with a shadow of a boy running around a castle accompanied by a butterfly. It reminds me of Ico for some reason.

22:20:56

It's called Lost in Shadow. The action happens in the background with the shadows. the aim of the game is to reunite the protagonist with his physical body. Peter Pan style.

22:21:23

The game will be out exclusively on Wii this Autumn.

22:22:05

Silent Hill time. Devin and Bryan from the development team have taken to the stage.

22:23:02

"Silent Hill has helped shape what horror games are meant to be" says Brian. This new game will evolve the combat sections of the game, whilst staying true to the ethos of the previous games.

22:23:48

It'll be out on 360 and PS3 in 2011. Trailer now playing accompanied by incredibly eerie music.

22:24:55

A prisoner in handcuffs is being transported through a forest road. He escapes and is pursued by a cop. He finds himself in Silent Hill.

22:25:47

Our man now has a flashlight, and is exploring an abandoned house. You just know this is going to end in tears.

22:27:17

He wakes up in the can he was in at the beginning. Was it really a dream?

22:28:03

*van, sorry. The soundtrack is being composed by the composer of Dexter, and promises to enhance the horror of the experience.

22:28:49

Next title is Never Dead. Shinto from Konami Japan introduces the trailer.

22:30:05

The game is developed by Rebellion. Two characters are roaming around a mansion of sorts. A strange beast covered in statues of cherubs has broken into the buidling.

22:31:08

The gameplay footage seems to suggest the game will play out in a similar vein to Devil May Cry or Bayonetta. The trailer finishes with the main character asking if anybody has seen his right arm. The crowd laughs.

22:32:37

Thomas Nagano is back on stage. Brye, the main character can pick up his own body parts and reattach them. Bryce's head has fallen off! But reattaches it without problem. It was a trick made possible by the jacket, in case you aren't watching this over a stream. The crowd loved it. Lots of laughing and clapping.

22:33:19

Here we go folks, Metal Gear solid: Rising time.

22:34:16

An enemy makes his way across a floor covered in bullets. Enter Raiden; who cuts the guy limb from limb, and pulls out his spine.

22:35:58

If you missed Microsoft's press conference, you might not know that the concept of the game is based around Raiden's sword and real time cutting. The end of the trailer sees Raiden cutting melons for children.

22:37:13

Hideo Kojima won't be making an appearance today, in his place is Shigenobu Matsuyama, the producer of Metal Gear Solid: Rising. He asks if we enjoyed the trailer. We all cheer.

22:39:15

Raiden will absorb energy from enemies cut by his sword. You could take life, energy, ammo, items and information from the corpses of your enemies. It's different from other action games because you must carefully think about what you decide to take. You also have to actively control the direction of your sword.

22:40:29

You can cut at will. This is the heart of the Zan-Datsu theme running through the game. You can angle your sword, and cut in direction you want. You can also control how much of an object you decide to cut, which leaves you the freedom of cutting an opponent without killing them.

22:41:45

Stealth hasn't disappeared completely. The game will still feature stealth elements, but it'll be faster than what we've seen in Snake's adventures.

22:42:46

Stealth is also possible in a vertical direction, which is made possible by Raiden's unique abilities. It's like hunting stealth, we're told.

22:43:29

It's the same action that Raiden demonstrated with his appearance in MGS4.

22:44:42

The story is set between Meatal Gear Solid 2, and 4. The game will answer how Raiden became the man he is Metal Gear Solid 4.

22:45:49

Metal Gear Solid: Rising will be a totally new experience. The sword grants players an incredible power, far more than has been seen in previous games with guns. This game looks to increase Raiden's popularity further.

22:46:17

Next up, Castlevania: Harmony of Despair.

22:49:12

Harmony of Despair will be the first multiplayer game in the franchise.

22:50:45

There's co-operative play, and a survival mode where players can fight against one another. There are 5 playable characters, although Konami might supply the game with more based on sales. Next up, is Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.

22:51:29

Dave Cox, producer of the game is now on stage. It's weird to hear an English accent again...

22:51:58

The game pays respect to the 25 year old franchise, and will appeal to newcomers and fans of the series alike.

22:52:53

The game is out on 360 and PS3 later this Autumn. A new trailer is now being played...

22:54:21

The game follows Gabriel Belmont as he embarks on a quest to revive his loved one.

22:56:04

This is another game I got to play at the Konami booth yesterday. The section I played was on horse back, with Gabriel fighting off Wargs and Werewolves on as he sped through a woodland environment.

22:57:25

The trailer is showing one of the Titans in the game, which plays out like a cross between God of War and Shadow of the Colossus.

22:57:47

Impressive trailer. Shinji Hirano is now back on stage.

22:58:13

Contra, Frogger and Metal Gear Solid, amongst others, will be heading to 3DS.

22:59:05

And that concludes the conference. Not a lot happened that we didn't know about already, but it was cool (for me at least) to finally learn something about Metal Gear Solid: Rising.

22:59:39

On the whole, conferences this year have been fairly lacklustre, although I'm sure everybody will agree that Nintendo have 'won' this year.

23:00:31

I've still got a fair few appointments left today, so I'd better make a move. 'Til next time folks!

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SexyJams

Haha, memorable conference indeed.
Posted 10:13 on 19 June 2010
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Wido@ Woffls

Oh good god lol. Seeing that live was enough.

Mind bleach is required!
Posted 00:49 on 19 June 2010
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Woffls@ Woffls

Everybody PLEASE watch this xD
YouTube Video
Posted 00:47 on 19 June 2010
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Woffls@ Generic-Username

I agree with this person ^

Konami was easily the highlight of E3 in terms of entertainment value and they've pretty much taken over the rest of E3 for meme potential, even rivalling Sony 06.
Posted 18:10 on 18 June 2010
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Generic-Username

One of the funniest E3 press conferences i've seen.

ONE MIRRION TWROOBS
Posted 17:08 on 18 June 2010
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SexyJams

Yeah, how did Saw sell well enough for a Saw 2?
Posted 14:22 on 17 June 2010
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rbevanx@ thompo555

Yeah I think Neon Kelly mentioned it looked good, found him annoying in Metal Gear 2 but we will see.
Still Konami can do much better esspecially with their football games.
Posted 13:54 on 17 June 2010
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thompo555

Well thought the Conference was the worst ever! MGS:R seems awesome though.
Posted 13:40 on 17 June 2010
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rbevanx@ draytone

I know just terrible mate it's just unexcusable to me.
Posted 13:35 on 17 June 2010
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draytone

I started reading Jamin's live blog, I got to Saw2 and gave up...I mean opening a conference with a rap game and then Saw2...
Posted 13:29 on 17 June 2010
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rbevanx

I think that confrence was actually worse than the MS one. I still don't understand why all these companies are making sequels, when they have other past franchises to exploit at least.
Posted 13:24 on 17 June 2010
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SexyJams

Lol, good point. I thought that as well
Posted 06:59 on 17 June 2010
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Karlius

I thought was going to say for Move. All the choppin seems perfect ah well.
Posted 23:09 on 16 June 2010
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Wido

What a shambles. MGS:R & Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow was the only two I was watching it for and they were good, even though MGS:R was the same trailer on MS conference. Lords Of Shadow looks good.

At the end. I thought they were going to show MGS: Snake Eater 3D for the 3DS.
Posted 23:07 on 16 June 2010
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Stegosaurus-Guy-II@ Neon-Soldier32

Oh God wtf?
Posted 23:06 on 16 June 2010

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