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Hideo Kojima talks Zone of the Enders 3, codenamed “Enders Project”

Hideo Kojima being the wanton tease that he is decided to bait his loyal followers even more than usual on Friday. At an event promoting the Zone of the Enders HD Collection, remasters of Kojima’s peculiar giant robot action games for the PlayStation 2, the unusual director teased a third game in the series.

As detailed in 4Gamer (via NeoGAF), Kojima announced the “Zone of the Enders: Enders Project,” a proposed sequel starring the Anubis fighting robot suit piloted in the Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner. Kojima stressed that this was not a game announcement, merely details about the project and some early 3D renders of the characters that Kojima Productions has worked on in the hopes of fully developing the game.

Unlike the original Zone of the Enders games, Enders Project won’t take place in futuristic cities on human colonies throughout the solar system. It was actually take place in an “ancient civilization.” The idea of Kojima turning his eye away from hyper modern and science fiction settings like those in Z.O.E., Metal Gear Solid, Snatcher, and Policenauts is actually pretty exciting, but considering the designer’s capacity for restraint, it’ll probably still be a game of crazy technology and over the top melodrama.

This announcement does shed more light on Kojima Productions plans for this year’s E3. Earlier this month, Sean Eyestone and Kendoza of the Kojima Productions Report Podcast promised “big things” for this year’s conference in Los Angeles. Konami and Kojima will definitely be announcing release details of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the Zone of the Enders HD Collection but it looks like “Enders Project” will not be a focus of the show.

That leaves the stage wide open for Metal Gear Sold 5 and “Project Ogre” to make an appearance. 2012 is the 25th anniversary of the Metal Gear series and its expected that a new game will be announced at the show. Rumors have suggested that Metal Gear Solid 5 will take place in the 1970s, much like Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker on PSP.

“Project Ogre” meanwhile is an unknown quantity from Hideo Kojima. Kojima told CNN in December that was working on an open world game using that name and described it as something “very free” and not as cinematic as his past work.

Ancient settings? Less cinematic? It’s a whole new Hideo Kojima.