Kojima: “There is no greater crime” than delaying a game

Monday, 1st February 2010 12:14 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Hideo Kojima has told of his discontent of delaying Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, saying “there is no greater crime” than pushing games back.

I always preach to the staff, ‘You must not have a delay after a release date has been announced. There is no greater crime as a game developer,” the Metal Gear creator said on his blog.

Official announcement of a release date is nothing less than a promise to fans and business partners. In other words, a release date change is like betraying the expectations of everyone.

It probably takes a long time to earn back trust [from the fans] that has been lost. However we will work hard, with the hope that we will one day earn the support of everyone again.”

Kojima’s words come after it was confirmed on Friday that Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker was delayed in Japan. It was originally due for a release there on March 18, but will now hit on April 29.

The US and UK release dates of May 25 and May 28 are unaffected.

There’s good reason for Kojima’s sincerity. A while back, he said that Peace Walker would probably have ended up being Metal Gear Solid 5 had it released on a platform other then PSP.

And he’s close to it, homes. And all the big game designs in PW? All his, not his team.

Thanks, Andriasang.



  1. mington

    murdering babies

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Gekidami

    A simple solution would be to just not announce hazey target dates months before the games ready…

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Patrick Garratt

    bumming old people

    #3 5 years ago
  4. mington

    @3 :) i don’t know, they might enjoy it

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Crazyreyn

    Surely a greater crime would be to release a game unfinished?

    #5 5 years ago
  6. mington

    Surely a greater crime would be bumming the queen

    #6 5 years ago
  7. OrphanageExplosion

    The very words I live by…

    #7 5 years ago
  8. mington

    on a serious note, i thought playing darksiders with that horrendous screen tearing was criminal, i would’ve much preferred they delayed it a couple of weeks, or maybe i should just take off my dress

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Syrok

    Sometimes the crime is not to delay games ie when they are not finished.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. mington

    sometimes the crime is dark void

    lolz, lets do some dark void bashing

    #10 5 years ago
  11. mington

    sometimes the crime is a smoking hairless monkey

    #11 5 years ago
  12. mington

    …in silver pants

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Moonwalker1982

    He’s right to a certain extent. I don’t want to buy a unfinished game with bugs and all that nonsense. But i do feel that lately developers waaaaaaay too easily anounce a release date , only to anounce a delay when the game is about to come out pretty soon.

    For example, i can already feel the delay anouncement for the new Prince of Persia coming, if that’s not gonna happen, i would be surprised.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Icebox

    Kojima and his team have already committed the greatest crime in gaming – the writing in MGS4.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. mington

    that whole wedding scene was total garbage :)

    (and rotten teeth)

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Retroid

    FACT: If genocide would somehow deliver a Kojima game on time, he’s prepared to do it.

    Probably using clones with evil arms piloting mooing mechs.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Ashwin

    There is no greater crime … than mixing up “then” and “than”.


    #17 5 years ago
  18. mington

    apparently, there no greater crime…than mixing up “my girlfriend” and “her sister”

    #18 5 years ago
  19. OrphanageExplosion

    There is no greater crime than artificially extending your game with pain-inducing cut-scenes that last much longer than the actual gameplay itself.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Gheritt White

    @ 18: How about mixing “your girlfriend” and “your sister?

    On topic: a much greater crime is delivering a poor quality, technically-impaired game.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. mington

    my sister? dude thats sick :P

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Psychotext

    I always considered his cutscenes to be a crime against humanity.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. mington

    here here

    i actually feel asleep during that prolonged graveyard end scene

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Icebox

    I turned my speakers off when the end credits rolled as the length of the final cutscenes was driving me mad. I then noticed the MGS4 logo on screen for ages, so I turned the speakers back on to find snake and otacon having another conversation! The game just didn’t seem to want to end.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. mington

    :) really, i missed all that, i dosed off during the graveyard movie, and was awakened by calls of ‘dinners ready’ so left the credits rolling so i could save my complete game, lolz, i’m sure i didn’t miss much, maybe that guy shat himself again

    #25 5 years ago
  26. polygem

    greater crime: motion controllers

    #26 5 years ago

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