254w ago - In a press demonstration today, thatgamecompany co-founder Jenova Chen gave us a sneak peek at the latter half of Flower, addressing some of our curiosities, while adding a few new mysteries.
Back in December, we got to play through the first three levels of the PSN title, which has you flying around in the dreams of flowers, collecting petals and beautifying the environment. You can read our impressions here and watch us talk about it on The 1UP Show.
But, like many of you out there, we were curious what came next - the first two levels are quite similar in nature, with the third just hinting at things to come. Will Flower have more than four levels? Do you get to do more than fly around in the sunshine? Now we know the answer.
Flower will have seven levels, which Chen estimates will take first-time players approximately two to three hours to play through - a length deliberately chosen to mimic the film-watching experience, complete with the emotional ups, downs, and eventual climax. At the demo, all levels were present, except for the last. And as a bit of a teaser, Chen let us in on a twist: The final level won't be a flower.
290w ago - This is sort of a weird thing that was stumbled upon we haven't really mentioned yet. If you expect Kojima and the Metal Gear universe to be 100% straight-faced, serious, or somber, you're crazy. There are always some silly things in there -- like the Sunny Camera.
At the bottom of the menu screen, there is what appears to be a live webcam that keeps track of what Sunny is doing in her room 24 hours a day. We'd explain who Sunny is, but if you didn't play the second Metal Gear Solid, it could be quite a spoiler.
A number of companies have collaborated with Kojima Productions, including Japanese energy drink companies, Apple's iPod makes an appearance, and more. What's funny is that if you choose a background track with Snake's iPod, Sunny will start dancing to the tune on the menu screen if the game is paused. Awesome.
Go for it if you want to read more about some hands-on. We just thought the Sunny Camera was hilarious and the collaboration with real companies to feature their products rather strange.