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“I would like to step out from the Metal Gear franchise,” says Kojima

Monday, 24 February 2014 11:48 GMT By Dave Cook

Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes director Hideo Kojima has revealed that he’d like to take a step back from his series as producer, so that he can concentrate on new games and ideas. So far however, any attempts at passing the torch have failed to bear fruit.

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Speaking with Game Informer, Kojima cited the example of Ridley Scott handing the keys to the Alien franchise over to James Cameron and added, “At Kojima Productions, if our studio were a kitchen and the head chef changes, then it changes the flavor and it changes. The world franchise usually becomes more open, as in Alien.

“To be honest, I’ve actually wanted to do something similar just to change it. I don’t know if the Metal Gear brand sometimes is a bit heavy to carry. The franchise is difficult to handle. But so far I’ve had no success [passing the torch]. Metal Gear Rising [Revengeance], fortunately that was a spin-off so that went well.

“Ideally I would like to step out from the Metal Gear franchise as a producer and dedicate myself to other games. So far that has proven to be a bit difficult. Alien is a very successful example [of a new director coming in]. Unfortunately in our case it’s more like Terminator, that once Cameron steps out of it there was kind of a mess.”

What does he want to work on? Kojima said he, “would like to make more games that have that indie game taste or some completely different type of game with a big budget,” and stressed, “If I wasn’t doing games, well of course I’d like to get involved in movies or write novels. I’m almost 50-years-old so I don’t have that much time left. If I were to write a list of things that I want to do before I die, it would be a very stuffed list. Because of my age I’m starting to think of the other things I have to do before I die.

“I’ve been working in the Metal Gear franchise for over 25 years. This world has allowed me to tell a lot of the things that I wanted to say. That said, it has a very specific worldview and a very specific set of game elements. I’ll probably be saying this until I die, but there are still more things I want to tell, more things I want to communicate, and more things I want to experiment with.”

Interestingly, he’d like to see Metal Gear Solid given the GTA approach, which is curious seeing as The Phantom Pain is open world to a point.

On that point Kojima concluded, “One thing is that within Kojima Productions I’d love to put all my efforts and time into creating a Metal Gear Solid that’s kind of what [Rockstar] does with GTA. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. It’s still a business. In parallel we have to work on other projects and make things balanced towards Konami as a whole. Finding that balance with how to work on all our projects proves to be a little difficult.”

Would you like to see Kojima move on to something else? How about Zone of the Enders 3? You guys still want that right?

Via OXM.

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15 Comments

  1. schrodinger_cat

    Step out…to pick up Silent Hill, right, Kojima?
    Right!? :’(

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Obernox

    ^^Hell Yeah!

    #2 1 year ago
  3. SolidGamerSnake

    I think the first time he said he wants to retire from Metal Gear was with MGS2.

    And he always said he wanted to make movies, but that does not mean he could mess with MGS5 ( replacing David Hayter, making Ocelot look like his new voice actor)

    Also comparing games on a single aspect is stupid ( open world) One might aswell say then that Skyrim and GTA are the same.
    The Metal Gear games always put a strong focus on the story, so unless he finds someone who can atleast create games that are not completely different from the originals, – it will turn into another mess like Revengeance

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Panthro

    Kojima leaving MGS…
    Dean Hall leaving DayZ…
    Ken Levine leaving Bioshock…

    What the fuck is going on?

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Fethennour

    So Kojima wants to “step out from the Metal Gear franchise” ? Well, I can give him an advice : make that damn Zone of the Enders 3 we all want to see some day.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. tmac2011

    he did say he was leaving when metal gear solid 2, and i think 3. if he wants to leave i dont see why he doesnt after 5. but idk why he would in the first place he could design other games. dont think anything is stopping him?

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Darkfield

    @Panthro Wouldn’t it be funny if they all ended up forming a new studio together, an open-world survival mutiplayer game with fuck ton of stories to tell and mostly controversial ones. Oh the nerdgasm!

    #7 1 year ago
  8. jon_

    @Panthro Publisher pressure, thats what is happening.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. salarta

    Kojima’s been saying this for at least a decade if not longer.

    But, I’m actually glad he’s sticking with the series if it doesn’t look like anyone’s able quite yet to pick up where he left off. I’ve seen how Final Fantasy, Silent Hill, Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, Parasite Eve, Devil May Cry, Soul Calibur and many other franchises have suffered in one way or another because the people that started them aren’t there to keep things on track. It’s likely the only reason Metal Gear Solid is still working out pretty well, same with Mario games.

    It was a good effort to try to get company talent working on Rising, and I saw no precise problem with how it was shaping up at first (I liked the end result with Platinum, too), but I did get the impression by the way some of the guys working on the game talked that they didn’t really appreciate or respect the Metal Gear franchise as much as they needed to.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Rikki

    Stop lying Kojima. You’ve been saying that since like Metal Gear Solid 2…

    #10 1 year ago
  11. TheWulf

    Can we have Platinum making all future Metal Gear games? Please? Please?

    I get the feeling that Metal Gear is a bit too seriousfaced of late, it’s forgotten its own roots and where it came from. It was ultimately a very silly game and parodical. Then it became something else. Revengeance is a very truthful, earnest love letter to the Metal Gear games of yore. It remembers what made them so bloody great.

    The more I’ve looked into Metal Gear, lately, the less I actually like what it’s become. I sat down to watch some of MGS4 and I found myself bored all too quickly, and I often love dialogue. It’s a weird transition, it reminds me of how Dragonball became Dragonball Z, and a similar thing happened there. I had a friend who was trying to convince me I’d love the original, and how it was nothing like Z. I was cynical at first because Z was too serious for its own good, and it was that sort of serious where it was ridiculous but it expected you to take it seriously. Kind of like Naruto and those other cartoons aimed at kids.

    I’m not supposed to be laughing at this?

    I don’t really like that. I mean, if it’s going to be ridiculous, you might as well play it up. And that’s what Revengeance did. And how. I loved the hell out of Revengeance. Right from Sam’s douchebag smile up to NANOMACHINES, SON.

    Platinum really understands how to make an MGS game.

    I don’t know that Kojima does any more.

    We’ll see.

    But if Kojima does move away from the IP, I say give that IP to Platinum. Platinum deserves it.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. TheWulf

    @5

    Also that.

    Could we have Platinum making a Zone of the Enders game?

    #12 1 year ago
  13. TheWulf

    Also, for anyone who’s confused about my position regarding how MGS really isn’t quite MGS any more? Play the original Metal Gear Solid. Or just… watch the boss battles on Youtube. Everything from HURT ME MORE, SNAKE to plugging the controller into slot 2 so that Psycho Mantis couldn’t read your mind was played up for the laughs.

    Then it all got too serious and too overblown, it started to take itself seriously, and that’s depressing and disappointing. A parody should never become something so straight faced. But then, I’m the sort of person who prefers ’60s Batman to modern Batman, so what do I know? I suspect I’m in the minority, but I loved Metal Gear Solid, so much.

    Revengeance was, for me, a return to form. Just everything about it embodied the silliness of Metal Gear. So I find it hard to believe that Platinum didn’t respect or appreciate it. I mean… the otaku guard, the mariachi outfit, even the cardboard box for stealth. That’s Metal Gear. That’s a deep-seated love for and understanding of Metal Gear. What Metal Gear was, more than what it is. And I loved what Metal Gear was.

    And I’ve found a thing that I think will help illustrate my point.

    Compare and contrast the funny pages at TVTropes for Metal Gear Solid and Regengeance.

    Metal Gear Solid
    Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

    It’s very clear that Platinum were oldschool Metal Gear Solid fans. From before the game became the equivalent of the Dark Knight Rises.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Armitage Shanks

    Says Kojima for the…what is now? 100th time?

    #14 1 year ago
  15. salarta

    @TheWulf I think Kojima’s just trying to evolve on his scope. He’s getting older, he realizes there’s a lot he wants to do and say and he’s losing the time he has left to say it. It’s not as goofy, but I think that’s a reflection of how he wants to contribute something important.

    It’s kind of the same thing as how Bleszinski doesn’t want Gears of War to be the only thing he’s known for.

    #15 1 year ago

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  • Mass Effect 3 on sale on EU PSN, but not free

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  • Elite: Dangerous Race to Elite winners announced, one player makes £10,000

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  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: How to make the most money with Special Bonuses and Elite Challenges

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  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming tomorrow

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  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges and more

    Heists aren’t the only addition in GTA Online’s latest DLC – there’s a lot of content that can earn you big RP and cash payouts. GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges While heists are the talking point and big payoff after more than a year of waiting, there’s a […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: what’s the best Police sniper rifle?

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  • Evolve 1.3 patch nerfs Wraith, adjusts Kraken

    Evolve is receiving a new patch that aims to put an end to the Wraith’s dominance. Evolve developer Turtle Rock outlined a few of the changes coming in patch 1.3. The patch brings balance changes to the monsters – mainly the Wraith – as well as other various changes to Hunters’ tools based on player […]

  • Bloodborne: watch the opening 40 minutes

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  • YouTube will relaunch livestreaming service with focus on eSports and gaming – report

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  • I think I’m too old for Final Fantasy 15

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  • New multiplayer mode for Splatoon announced

    Nintendo has sent over three screenshots for Splatoon along with information on the Wii U another of the title’s multiplayer modes. Called Ranked Battle, it keeps track of each player’s online ranking. Splat Zones is one of the additional ways to play online in this mode. It differs from Turf War, which is the main […]

  • 2015 WoW Arena World Championship has a $250,000 prize pool

    Blizzard has announced the WoW Arena World Championship will culminate at BlizzCon 2015. World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena teams from around the globe will compete for spot at the 2015 WoW Arena World Championship and for a share in the $250,000 prize pool. Online qualifiers will be held for North America, Southeast Asia, Australia, New […]

  • The Crew two-hour demo now available in US, tomorrow in the UK

    Ubisoft has announced a free trial of its driving MMO The Crew will be available tomorrow, March 25 in the UK. It’s live today in North America. For current players, the Vintage Car Pack and Vintage Live Update, including a new PvP mode, are now available. The Vintage Car Pack included the Chevrolet Corvette C2 […]

  • Minecraft Mass Effect Mash-Up and Pattern Texture Pack out from today

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  • The Talos Principle expansion pack Road to Gehenna announced

    An expansion for The Talos Principle has been announced titled Road to Gehenna. The expansion follows the narrative of Uriel, Elohim’s messenger, as he explores a “strange, hidden part of the simulation” on a mission of “mercy and redemption.” Uriel is attempting to free the souls of the damned “at all costs.” Road to Gehenna […]

  • Twitch Plays Pokemon finally catches ‘em all – even the rare Mewtwo

    Twitch Plays Pokemon players have captured all 151 original Pokemon which were included in a modified version of Pokemon Red, and this includes the rare Mewtwo. It took 39 days for Twitch players to catch ‘em all. Have a look at the impressive feat for yourself below. Thanks, Polygon.

  • GameStop will have limited units of Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL back in stock

    Those who missed out on the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL will have another opportunity to purchase it outside of eBay. Tomorrow only, GameStop stores in the United States will have four units in stock, according to and internal memo sent to Kotaku. This is every store in the country, and again, only […]

  • Second phase of Fortnite closed Alpha launches today

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  • Dragon Age: Inquisition: Jaws of Hakkon out now on PC, Xbox One

    As promised yesterday, the single-player DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition, Jaws of Hakkon, is now available on PC and Xbox One. It will run you or £11.99 or your regional equivalent. The new content expands the land of Thedas with mountainous regions and forests, and it is full of “vicious enemies.” Players will also be […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer shows Ascendance gameplay

    Activision has released a new gamepay trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to support the Ascendance DLC which releases next week. Ascendance, will release first on Xbox consoles March 31 and includes the next chapter of the Exo Zombies Saga, Infected, along with four new multiplayer maps: Perplex, Site 244, Climate and Chop Shop. […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight will be a digital only release on PC – report

    It appears Batman: Arkham Knight will not see a physical release on PC, according to ShopTo. The retailer was told by its buyer the Rocksteady game will only be released on PC in digital form. ShopTo is currently double checking the information. If accurate, it is unknown if this will be case in North America […]

  • Bloodborne patch focusing on load times, performance optimizations in the works

    A patch for Bloodborne which will address load times is in the works, Sony has said The load times were one of the issues noted in Digital Foundry’s report on the From Software title. Sony told Eurogamer the patch would also explore other issues as well. “The development team is currently exploring another patch for […]

  • Gearbox would “love” to have entire Borderlands collection on current-gen

    An Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version of the original Borderlands game is something Gearbox Software is interested in, according to studio boss Randy Pitchford. Speaking in the latest Major Nelson podcast, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford said should Borderlands: The Handsome Collection prove successful, 2K Games might consider a current-gen version. “The fact that The […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork shows the catacombs, dock, more

    Over the weekend we posted Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork along with news of a retail release in Europe. Today, we have better quality images of said artwork to share with you. Enjoy. The standalone prequel will be released digitally on May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in North America, and digitally on […]

  • Slender: The Arrival terrorizes PS4 and Xbox One this week

    In case you forgot, what with Bloodborne out today and other high profile releases of late, Slender: The Arrival is out today on PlayStation 4 in North America. The scary game will arrive on Xbox One tomorrow, March 25, and in Europe on PS4. Slender: The Arrival is an expansion on the original Slender game […]

  • World of Warcraft’s WoW Token rollout slated after launch of patch 6.1.2

    Blizzard has announced it will start rollout its WoW Token option in the weeks following the launch of patch 6.1.2 on March 24. WoW Token allows players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard will release WoW Token first in realms serving North America, Oceania, and Latin America and will expand […]

  • The Evil Within: The Consequence dated for April, teaser video released

    Part 2 of Juli Kidman’s adventure in The Evil Within will arrive next month with the release of The Consequence. Above is a brief teaser showing some of the “madness” Kidman will encounter. The Consequence will arrive on Tuesday, April 21 on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. European PlayStation players will […]

  • Bloodborne sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate” per performance analysis

    Bloodborne has been analyzed by Digital Foundry and according to the report, even with a 30fps cap the game sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate.” The game’s day-one 2.69GB update 1.01 is “essential” as it contains improvements to game performance and stability and the frame-rate tests run by Digital Foundry were in single-player […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews round-up

    Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews are out in the wild so we decided to catch a few of them for you. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is out today on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The collection packages Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel along with each game’s DLC content on one disc. Better graphics and […]

  • Evolve, Forza Horizon 2, WWE 2K15 are this week’s Deals with Gold

    Evolve, Forza 2 Horizon and WWE 2K15 are just some of the games which are part of this week’s Xbox Deals with Gold. You can also pick up the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Pro Edition for 20% off as well as the standard edition for 33% off. For the Xbox 360 crowd, there’s also […]

  • Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles now available starting at $250

    Microsoft is offering a discount on three Xbox 360 bundles with prices starting at $250. The Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles feature various content such as a Kinect, 500GB console bundle and one month of Xbox Live Gold. Xbox 360 500GB Spring Value Bundle: comes with Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare download and Fable […]