Kojima: Metal Gear Solid 5 ‘betrayal’ might be a good thing

Wednesday, 25th September 2013 11:46 GMT By Dave Owen

After a half hour gameplay showing at TGS last week, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain’s prologue Ground Zeroes has attracted ire from a section of fans who are worried that certain elements of gameplay, such as the introduction of regenerating health, are too far removed from the series’ previous iterations. Hideo Kojima took to Twitter to respond.

“Unlike those old days where creators devote themselves creating game in the cell, today’s game development is more open to public,” Kojima tweeted. “We try to create detailed directions by doing focus test repeatedly w[ith] users from the world.

“This is one of the intentions founding LA studio,” he continued. “Although, you can’t expect excitement by providing what all users wished. Betrayal in good way w/i acceptable limits is needed. Because game is entertainment. But as long as it is an interactive, we need to adjust controls & systems reflected to the time we live today.”

Making changes to a long-running and well-loved series is always going to be difficult – it’s impossible to please everyone. But innovation is healthy for any series, and it’s certainly too early too be criticising the choices made. By now, Metal Gear fans should have a bit of faith in Kojima.

Have a look at the TGS footage and make up your own mind.

Thanks, OXM.



  1. Mike W

    I agree with him, I hate these fans that want the gameplay to stay the same like it was in the 90s. How can a game every evolve if doesn’t do anything new or innovating or adapt to the times?

    Perfect example is Resident evil, some fans want capcom to make the game with the same controls as the original RE……

    #1 1 year ago
  2. absolutezero

    Focus Testing Metal Gear.

    Oh God why?

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Lengendaryboss

    Focus Testing for MGS? Well it did extremely so well for FUSE, Ouch! oh too soon?

    #3 1 year ago
  4. zinc

    The worrying thing here, is that these “fans” are mostly in their late twenties/early thirties?

    #4 1 year ago
  5. SameeR_Fisher

    @1: and look at how Resident Evil is now, It is no longer as good as old RE anymore.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. YoungZer0

    @2: Because Nanomachines, obviously.

    @5: That’s Not because it evolved, but because it evolved into the Wong direction. RE4 was fine.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. absolutezero

    and RE4 went through tonnes of iterations none of which were Focused Tested, they had someone that knew what he wanted at the helm and it ended up being one of the best games of the generation.

    I just keep remembering the Dishonoured new story about how they had to simplify the hell out of it because the testers they hired.


    #7 1 year ago
  8. CyberMarco

    I guess the more popular a medium get the more mainstream it tries to be and most of the times it concludes into being shit. Happened with everything these days.

    Oh well…

    #8 1 year ago
  9. GwynbleiddiuM

    This is a crisis. A large crisis. In fact, if you got a moment, it’s a twelve-story crisis with a magnificent entrance hall, carpeting throughout, 24-hour portage, and an enormous sign on the roof, saying ‘This Is a Large Crisis’.

    Focus testing as if it’s a revolutionary process that you have to put your creation through these days is a complete bullocks. In fact nothing can ruin a franchise more than focus testing, mainstreamising and outright butchering your intellectual property. If you want to kill your franchise, there it is – put through the process of focus testing. The enemy tagging alone shows why this is “A Large Crisis”.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. SameeR_Fisher

    @6: well that’s the point, it evolved where it shouldn’t evolve.

    As for RE4, well alot of fans consider it the best in the series, but on the other hand alot others consider it to be the start of the downfall.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. MrWaffles

    Basically, some morons from L.A couldn’t figure out the ration system and papa kojima gave them auto-heal.

    Nice going there Hideo “lucas” Jojima.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. BrahManDude

    yeah what’s up with people getting butt hurt 24/7 they need to grow up

    #12 1 year ago
  13. pukem0n

    Thsi guy and twitter…hell hath no fury

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Ireland Michael

    Regeneration health is fine, in the right game. In a stealth game, it makes no bloody sense. It completely kills off any sense of risk. Who cares if you get spotted if you can just hide for 30 seconds after getting spotted and get all your health back?

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Asinine

    No one cares about the health, it’s the xray shit and automatic tagging.

    #15 1 year ago

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