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

By Johnny Cullen
1 February 2010 12:14 GMT


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.

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