No MGS4 until late 2007?

Plus, TGS trailer details.

Konami will show yet another Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots trailer during this week's Tokyo Game Show, and it'll be about six minutes long and comprised mainly of gameplay footage.

That's according to a report in Famitsu Weekly, partially translated by IGN, which also reveals that Hideo Kojima is pointing to a late 2007 release on PlayStation 3 at the earliest. He reckons there's over a year of development time left.

In the trailer, which Famitsu seems to have watched and has screenshots from, Snake can be seen avoiding enemies by sidling along a ledge high up on an archway, unbeknownst to the AK-toting chaps scurrying around beneath him, while in another scene he evades detection by sneaking around in an oil drum.

In spite of this, Kojima reportedly tells Famitsu that you'll be able to go in all-guns-blazing if you want. Although stealth will still be an option, the game will apparently be more freeform, allowing you to fulfil objectives by any means and route available.

There'll be plenty of battle sequences in the new trailer, says Famitsu, including demonstrations of Close Quarters Combat (CQC), with Snake clearly seen pinning down an enemy in one magazine scan.

We'll also get a closer look at the Octocam (octopus camouflage) system we've heard about already, through which Snake is able to hide in plain sight by adapting his sneaking suit to reflect nearby colour schemes.

Previous trailers have seen Snake hiding from those worryingly violent walker mechs by leaning up against concrete and assuming the same colour scheme, while in the TGS 2006 trailer he will apparently be seen crawling under a hail of gunfire as he changes colour to match the ground beneath him, as well as matching himself to some tiles after his hop through a glass window attracts the attention of a nearby enemy.

Obviously Kojima will be moving the camera around to frame the action more cinematically, but, says Famitsu, this will be our first real look at what gameplay in MGS4 looks like - with previous trailers having relied largely upon cut-scenes.

Sounds good to us. And remember, you can watch the most recent MGS4 trailer from Games Convention in Leipzig over on Eurogamer TV. Scene seen scene seen scene seen ARGH.

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