E3 2013 Highlights: Konami Pre-E3 Conference Featuring The Phantom Pain

By Josh Bull on June 18, 2013, 5:36PM EDT

We've had round-ups from the other conferences that took place during E3, but we shouldn't forget that Konami managed to sneak in right at the beginning to show off some rather interesting stuff.

Lest we forget that Konami took the time in the build-up to E3, to let us know that that Kiefer Sutherland will be replacing David Hayter as Naked Snake/Big Boss in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. They also stated that the game will be more action oriented than previous Metal Gear titles.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is developed by Kojima Productions and will be available on PS3 and Xbox 360, but also the PS4 and Xbox One. We also got to see some of the fantastic Fox Engine.

After Metal Gear Solid V, Konami explained that Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 will put the player in control of Dracula and will be an open-world game that takes place in a modern setting.

They also showed a new trailer showing a variety of characters and a massive clockwork robot thing collapsing onto Dracula's castle. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 will be available later this year on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC and is developed by MercurySteam, the team who worked on the original, as well as the 3DS game.

Aside from these two games, Konami also took the time to show off Pro Evolution Soccer 2014. With FIFA doing so well at the moment, PES has some catching up to do and while FIFA will be assisted by the Frostbyte engine, Konami unveiled that PES14 will be running on a new game engine based on Kojima's FOX Engine.

The game is being developed by PES Productions and is set for release on September 20 of this year. At present, there's no word about a release for any next-generation platforms.

To close out , they showed a Mega 64 short based on Castlevania, which is always nice. Overall, it was a pretty muted Konami conference, at least when compared to previous years.

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