It has been at least partially revealed exactly what Kojima Productions' NEXT website has been counting down to all this time: an entirely new installment in the Metal Gear Solid series, titled Metal Gear Solid: Rising.
Kojima was unsurprisingly secretive about the game when he came on stage at Microsoft's E3 press conference to announce it, but he did call it an "entirely new Metal Gear Solid experience" for the 360.
The short trailer for the game that debuted revealed that the character from Kojima Productions' website that everyone thought could not be Raiden because of his eye color in fact is Raiden -- or at least, that's what the trailer wants us to think, announcing that "Raiden is back."
Finally, Metal Gear Solid: Rising's logo interestingly bills the game as "lightning bolt action," and not the series' typical "tactial espionage action." What this could mean is anyone's guess, but it almost certainly points to a departure from the series' signature gameplay.
Seeing as Kojima Productions' website has not yet finished counting down, we could see more details about the game revealed this week. Here's hoping.