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Kojima will “still make” Metal Gear Solid games if fans still want it

Monday, 10 October 2011 07:35 GMT By Johnny Cullen

You can take Kojima out of Metal Gear, but you can’t take the Metal Gear out of him, it seems.

Hideo Kojima has said he’ll continue onwards with his involvement with Metal Gear Solid as long as the fans still want it, going as far as saying he hopes to see it continue after he’s dead.

“First of all, I just want to say that as long as there are fans who want Metal Gear Solid, as a producer, I will always want to still make them and I want the series to continue. So even after I die, I still would love to have the Metal Gear Solid series continue,” he said at a presentation last week at the University of Southern California (via GT).

Since MGS3, Kojima has tired to hand off his director and writer roles to other staff at Kojima Productions, although came back to write, direct and produce Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.

The last MGS title he was fully involved in was MGS: Peace Walker. Kojima admitted that he’s not looking to be restricted to just MGS for the rest of his days.

“As a creator, of course, I want to do something new, and I don’t want to be limited to Metal Gear forever, right?,” he said.

“So of course I have tried in the past. I’ve tried to hand Metal Gear off to other people within the studio and I’ve tried to raise people up so they have the ability to take over. And I think since Metal Gear Solid 3, I’ve tried this and actually did hand it off and have other people come up with the story and come up with the game design.

“But for some reason it just never really works out. And, you know, I end up having to step in again to take charge and kind of fix things here and there and just get sucked back in unfortunately.”

Kojima is currently making his next full game at KP using the new multiplatform Fox Engine, as well as being a producer for Metal Gear Solid: Rising.

He’s also noted interest in rebooting development on Zone of the Enders 3, which he’s been producer on for the past two installments.

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21 Comments

  1. K-V-C

    (cough) we still want it snake not raiden !!!!

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Eregol

    He’ll regret saying that he will.
    He’ll be making MGS games until he dies now.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. dragonsight

    look, kojima is an attention whore. what he is saying is, “i need some more attention. give me more attention and i will make another one.”

    #3 4 years ago
  4. khemphoud

    nothankyou

    do whatever you want, something “new”, just ignore fans’ requests and spend your time in what inspires you; it’s like this we got Boktai and Zone of the Enders. Everytime you return to MGS it’s like a waste of your creative time actually, you’re always trying to link pieces that does not fit anymore and overall does not make any sens at all … and you’ll end up explaining everything with “nanomachines” like you did in MGS4.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. GwynbleiddiuM

    @4 Shut up!

    @Kojima, YES PLEASE!

    #5 4 years ago
  6. YoungZer0

    @4: Agreed. He should start something new, could consult other MGS Titles, but should not be the developer. Maybe then we might get a director who doesn’t want to add so much Schmalz into it.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Ireland Michael

    “I’m retiring from the franchise!”

    “I’m back!”

    “I’m retiring from the franchise!”

    “I’m back again!”

    “I’m really, really retiring from the franchise this time…”

    “Oh, hey guys… guess what?”

    It got old around Metal Gear Solid 3.

    Now it’s just a gag reel on repeat.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. The Evil Pope

    The MGS IP is pish. Poor narrative, poor controls and poor design just put me off the game.

    Only fanboys praise it. For the rest of us, we know just what a mediocre IP it is.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. viralshag

    “But for some reason it just never really works out. And, you know, I end up having to step in again to take charge and kind of fix things here and there and just get sucked back in unfortunately.”

    I wonder if he means it’s not working out in the way HE wants it to or if it’s just not working, period.

    I’ll be honest, MGS4 was a convoluted and rather crappy game.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. YoungZer0

    “I wonder if he means it’s not working out in the way HE wants it to or if it’s just not working, period.”

    I bet he’s talking ’bout himself and i have to completely agree on MGS4. Having recently played MGS2 and then MGS4 again … there really isn’t much game in the game.

    Maybe he should try to direct films instead.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Ireland Michael

    @8 It’s odd, really.

    I know the acting is crap, the story is terrible, the gameplay and engine are seriously out-dated, and the “intellectual” musings in the games are poorly exposited, college graduate level trash… and yet, I can’t help but enjoy playing them.

    Multiple times.

    The mind boggles.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. viralshag

    “Maybe he should try to direct films instead.”

    For real. I bet that would be one crazy hard movie to follow…

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Fin

    Jason Statham as Snaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaake?

    I’d watch it.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Ireland Michael

    If Kojima ever made a movie, it would just be some lazy, poorly told rip-off of whatever American movies he’s currently obsessed with.

    The man has never had a single genuinely original idea in his life.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. GwynbleiddiuM

    Some of the comments developed here are laughable and baseless. MGS4′s Story was a bit cheesy yes, but it wasn’t crap. MGS1, 2 and 3 all had outstanding plots, gameplay innovations are beyond counting. I wonder if any of you actually played any MGS or you basically want to go and rant about everything.

    Go play Gears of War, Call of Duty and Halo and feel really good about yourself, and I go on the rude more and say ya’ll full of it…

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Clupula

    MGS2 was a disaster and Raiden was only part of the problem. MGS3, however, is the greatest game ever made.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. DaMan

    I would be interested if someone named me those ‘gameplay innovations’ brought by MGS 1,2, or 3.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Ireland Michael

    @15 “MGS1, 2 and 3 all had outstanding plots, gameplay innovations are beyond counting. I wonder if any of you actually played any MGS or you basically want to go and rant about everything.”

    You should read my comment #11 again.

    There is nothing “outstanding” about Metal Gear Solid’s plots in the slightest. 90% of it was made up as he went along, as it transparent by the countless number of “Oh, it was only a deception” u-turns the plots take in every single game.

    The worst example of this was the whole “Liquid Snake’s possessed arm.” crap. Not only was it a stupid idea in the first place, but by the fourth game Kojima could find no relevant way to fit it into the plot anymore, so he just made it so that Ocelot “thought” he was possessed by the soul of Liquid Snake… through fucking hypnosis! The plot-holes and degree of retconning in this alone is terrible.

    The stories are poorly exposited, and lack any subtlety whatsoever. They spell every tiny little idea, every single moral message, out to the player, like they’re too dumb and ignorant to figure out the point on their own. I did not need The Boss lying half naked in a field of roses for 30 minutes, rambling on about the meaning of patriotism, to understand the damn message of the game.

    If the story can’t explain itself without the characters going on exposition splurges of orgasmic proportions, it’s a fucking bad story. It’s the first mistake of good storytelling you can make – show, don’t tell.

    Half the cutscenes ramble on about the same things over… and over… and over again. He got the balance somewhat right in the third game… but that went completely down the toilet again in the forth.

    We don’t dislike Metal Gear’s story because we’re stupid. We dislike it because we’re not, and don’t care to be treated like we are.

    “I wonder if any of you actually played any MGS or you basically want to go and rant about everything.”

    I’ve cleared every single main title in the series numerous times, and I have a full understanding of the story from the first moment right up to the closing credits of MGS4.

    “Go play Gears of War, Call of Duty and Halo and feel really good about yourself, and I go on the rude more and say ya’ll full of it…”

    Hilariously, I don’t care for any of the games you just listed.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. YoungZer0

    @18: Oh yeah, i think he went completely nuts with the story in MGS2 and tried to fix everything in MGS4.

    Most of the excuses were “It’s because … Nanomachines!” He tried to kind of walk away from the mythical elements he introduced so well in MGS2 and overdid in MGS3 and explain everything with technology.

    Didn’t work out. The story of MGS2 was a complete clusterfuck and repairing it would make things even more complicated. And it did.

    Hideo isn’t just happy with one story, he’s only happy if his story has at least 5 twists and that’s just stupid.

    I remember the Big Shell Intro from MGS2. It is – to this day – my favorite MGS Cutscene. The music worked so perfectly, there was little talk, little information. Actually all the MGS Intros are perfectly executed. Just think about the Tanker Intro in MGS2. Or the Halo Jump from MGS3. Whoever was working on that, knew his job. Little talk, no oversized conversations.

    I just wish that – if you seek more information – you’d would get it through codec conversations. Not through cutscenes.

    And Snake should have killed himself. Seriously? Big Boss lives only to die again? Ugh.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. hitnrun

    “Kojima will “still make” Metal Gear Solid games if fans still want it”

    Which basically nullifies the last ten years of thought re: Kojima and Metal Gear. Not that the man doesn’t have the right to do what he wants, but he should know by now that there are only two choices for him: 1) Keep making Metal Gear. 2) Walk away. You can’t “kinda, sorta keep an eye on” a company’s most profitable enterprise.

    Re: the story, the precise shark jumping point for the Metal Gear Series was at the end of the MGS2 tanker. You had just gone through the best section of gaming to date, taken what had been the apotheosis for cinematic games in MGS1 in an intriguing new direction, and fully realized the technical power of a new generation of consoles. There was tense cutscene/plot sequence unlike anything prior in the medium, and then…Ocelot’s arm started to talk.

    Downhill plummet.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. ultramega

    I don’t really give a shit what others have to say. I love the series, and I think it’s one of the pinnacles of gaming overall. As long as they keep turning out as awesome as they have in the past, I’ll keep wanting and enjoying them.

    #21 4 years ago

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  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario demo, Paper Mario, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Paper Mario on Virtual Console, and amiibo Tap. The full update is below. eShop update amiibo Tap – free – Wii U Star Wars Pinball DLC – Wii U Paper Mario – Wii U […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC port handed off to Nixxes

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  • First-ever PC Gaming Show to take place at E3 2015 in June

    PC gaming will finally have its very own E3 press conference this year, thanks to PC Gamer and AMD. The PC Gaming Show will take place on June 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles and it will be livestreamed on Twitch. PC Gamer said speakers at the presentation will include representatives from Blizzard, […]

  • Majora’s Mask light available now on Club Nintendo for 6000 stars

    Club Nintendo shuts up shop on September 30 and members are being encouraged to spend accumulated stars before then. And what better to spend them on, than this adorable Majora’s Mask light? If you’re a member based in Europe you can nab it for 6000 stars. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it’ll only […]

  • Unity support announced for HoloLens, will work with Windows universal apps

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  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

    A Nintendo Direct focused on Splatoon, the Wii U multiplayer title, on May 7. It will kick off at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK and it can be watched via the Nintendo Direct website. You can also have a look at the game through Nintendo’s Twitch channel. The last game-specific presentation took place last week and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: clean up the streets as a member of the San Andreas PD with this new mod

    Remember the awesome mods for GTA 4 and San Andreas that let you run amok online as a member of the po-po? Well, dust off your taser and load up your gun, because it’s coming to GTA 5. The new mod for GTA 5 is currently in alpha and can be downloaded at palmbeachgames.com. You […]

  • Indie shoot ‘em up Project Root comes to Xbox One, PS4 and PSVita

    Project Root is a self-proclaimed rejig of the shoot ‘em up genre that was released on PC last year, and it’s finally coming to consoles. Combining free-roaming elements with the usual business of shooting things, Project Root was released this week for Xbox One, PS4 and the PSVita.

  • You can now bet on eSports online, starting with League of Legends

    If you’re getting bored with sticking a pony on the races, you can expand your gambling horizons at Unikrn where you can watch esports streams and get a little action on the side. The new platform was set up by Rahul Sood – previously the general manager of Microsoft Ventures. At the moment, customers are […]

  • Has Watch Dogs 2 been leaked?

    Ubisoft employee, Julien Risse, may have inadvertently confirmed Watch Dogs 2, thanks to his online CV over at LinkedIn. Videogamer.com spotted the slip up, in which Risse lists Watch Dogs, the DLC Bad Blood, and Watch Dogs 2 on his profile. Creative Director Jonathan Morin has already talked about his ideas for improvements for the […]

  • GTA 5′s Trevor makes his Jackass debut, complete with leopard-print knickers

    YouTuber Abstract Mode has shared his vision of what Trevor Philips’ life might have been like, had he not been completely batshit crazy. Watch Trevor get mauled, run over, and hit by a train, before taking a majestic swan-dive into someone else’s pool at the climax. Thanks, Kotaku.

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 season pass will cost you £35

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 isn’t released until November 6, but you can already hand over your cash for the Season Pass. The Season Pass is available for pre-purchase on Steam for £34.99, and will cover four DLC packs – although the details we have on the content are limited to ‘exciting’ at this […]

  • GTA Online’s cheating assholes are no match for this player’s vengeance

    Think you’re smart for using invisibility and infinite ammo glitches? You need to be taught a lesson, sucker. You can have all the hacks you want but if your GTA Online game is weak, you’ll still get your ass handed to you. As this fool discovered when attempting to hassle another player. There’s a fair […]

  • PS4 sales help Sony’s games division swing to profit

    Sony’s PlayStation business has made an operating profit of 48.1 billion yen ($404m / £261.5m) in the past 12 months. That’s thanks to stellar sales of the PlayStation 4 and PS Plus, even as sales of the PS3 have stalled and the company wrote off costs for the PSTV and PS Vita. The profit puts […]

  • New patch for Dirt Rally gives co-driver’s attitude a tune-up

    Dirt Rally gets a new patch three days after release on Steam. On Monday, we reported that the newest Dirt game has popped up on Steam’s Early Access and is available to pick up for £24.99, as well as giving you an eyeful of tasty screenshots. The patch – released yesterday – fixes some issues […]

  • New The Witcher 3 screenshots show combat, exploration and general carousing

    New screenshots released on the official facebook page for The Witcher 3 show Geralt annihilating a winged beast, out and about in the world exploring, and living the life of Reily amidst a bustling feast. We were already treated to some glorious screenshots a few days ago, but these new ones are in-game and give […]

  • Destiny: 14 things you might have missed during House of Wolves intel drops

    Destiny: House of Wolves does a great deal more than just slap some new content on the existing game structure. House of Wolves changes Destiny in a lot of interesting and very welcome ways. Bungie showed off many of these changes in its livestream, and let both me and Arekkz come and have a look […]

  • Scratch that cyberpunk itch with Technobabylon on May 21 – new trailer

    Technobabylon more like Wrecked-yo-babbling with my smooth flow about how good Wadjet Eye games are. I don’t know y’all, it’s clock off time and everything feels like a reach. Wadjet Eye makes pretty good adventure games – award winning, in fact. The latest project to spring forth from the benevolent, sheltering hand of the label […]

  • Skullgirls 2nd Encore brings exclusive new features to PS4, Vita in northern summer

    Skullgirls, the little indie fighter that could, is getting another crack at it. Skullgirls 2nd Encore is the second re-release of the one-time troubled 2D versus fighter from lab Zero Games. Having survived the shut down of its developer and collapse of its publishing contrast, Skullgirls re-emerged as Skullgirls: Encore, adding in a ton of […]

  • Danganronpa series generates “impressive” sales for Vita exclusive

    Danganronpa is selling quite nicely, thank you, says NIS America. Danganronpa is a series of murder mystery visual novel puzzlers in a similar vein to games like 999. Two of these have been released for Vita in the west – Trigger Happy Havoc and Goodbye Despair. Speaking to MCV, NIS America CEO and president Takuro […]

  • I have no idea what is going on in J-Stars Victory VS+ but I kind of like it

    In this J-Stars Victory VS+ trailer, we see – uhh. Well. We certainly see some things. Look y’all, I was a massive weaboo in high school, but that was back in the dark ages when we had to take out Manga Entertainment VHS tapes from dingy little specialist rental joints that were literally underground, and […]

  • Please just watch this terrific trailer for Toren

    Toren is the kind of game I dream about when I drift off to sleep at night. This indie puzzle adventure strikes a spark in my little soul in the same way as Ico and Tequila Works’ Rime do. Mysterious, almost ethereal fantasy setting – check. Chance to actually walk around in that setting – […]

  • Play classic MS-DOS games on your own tweets

    In today’s episode of “what will they think of next”, someone’s figured out how to post playable versions of classic games in tweets. For some time now, Twitter has allowed you to embed various forms of media in tweets, most noticeably YouTube videos, simply by pasting a URL into the compose field. Turns out this […]

  • VR: Unreal Engine to add HTC Vive support

    The biggest digital PC game distributor and the most popular game development engine have both backed VR. It’s going to happen. An upcoming Unreal Engine 4 update will expand the development suite’s support to the HTC Vive, Valve’s VR headset. In this glorious new future where work on one of the most important engines in […]

  • WWE 2K15 PC supports modding

    WWE 2K15 may be the series’ PC debut, but it’s already getting into the spirit of the platform. WWE 2K15 does indeed support mods on PC, 2K’s Marcus Stephenson has confirmed. @ElementGamesTV you can. Now buy. — Marcus Stephenson (@stephensonmc) April 28, 2015 As Destructoid points out, this opens the door to all sorts of […]

  • Overkill’s The Walking Dead coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2016

    Overkill’s The Walking Dead is one step closer to your grasping little paws. Overkill’s The Walking Dead will be published by 505 Games, Overkill parent Starbreeze has announced. 505 also published Payday 2, Overkill’s previous title, so the two companies have established a working relationship. In a press release, the publisher said the co-op title […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 pre-orders net Advanced Warfare DLC

    Buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for later, enjoy bonus Advanced Warfare content now. Blacks Ops 3 is being supported by a rather cunning pre-order incentive even more likely to get you to lay your cash down sooner than you might otherwise. Gamespot reports a Black Ops 3 pre-order will receive a couple of […]

  • Steam Game Ban system lets developers determine who to block

    Steam users can now be blocked from individual games by their developers. Steam has always supported multiplayer bans for disruptive users, but a newly-implemented system allows developers to ban users from individual games using their own anti-cheat systems. Game Bans are enforced by Valve, but are enacted at the developer’s request and discretion. This change […]

  • Far Cry 4 devs matching Red Cross donations up to $100K to aid Nepal earthquake victims

    Far Cry 4 developer Ubisoft Montreal will match any pledges made to The Red Cross up to $100,000 to aid Nepal after the 7.8 earthquake struck the area in and around Kathmandu in Nepal. According to Ubisoft: “Having spent the last few years working on Far Cry 4, a game heavily inspired by Nepal and […]

  • Tales of Zestiria retail listing notes September release date, PS4 version

    Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, and while it’s confirmed as a PlayStation 3 release, a Dutch retailer has it listed as coming to PS4 as well. Of course, listing it for PS4 could also be a typo, not that I would personally know about that sort of thing, really. However, according […]

  • Official mod tools for Total War: Attila are now available

    Official mod tools for Total War: Attila are now available and you can grab the new Assembly Kit as a beta through the tools menu via your Steam library. The Creative Assembly said the tools will be “immediately familiar” to modders of Rome 2 and Shogun 2, but the new version is the most “extensive” […]

  • How to get level 34 Ascended Raid gear in Destiny: House of Wolves

    Watch: two videos showing you how to get level 34 raid gear and a shopping list of what you need. One of the big changes that House of Wolves is bringing to Destiny is the chance to upgrade your weapons and gear to level 34. In these videos Arekkz Gaming shows you how to use […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves puts PvP back in the spotlight

    Destiny PvP players, your time has come to shine. New Crucible maps. New Crucible rewards. And the glorious wonder of Elimination mode. Destiny: House of Wolves puts PvP front and centre. When Destiny was first detailed, one of the things Bungie stressed was that there’d be something for everyone. If you wanted to play solo […]