Hideo Kojima Denies Involvement With New Metal Gear Game

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Konami is making a new Metal Gear. It’s called Metal Gear Survive and has zombies in it. This weekend at the Tokyo Game Show, Hideo Kojima briefly talked about the game and how he has nothing to do with it.


During an audience Q&A, Kojima was asked if the rumor was true that Metal Gear Survive was his idea.

“It has nothing to do [with me],” Kojima replied. “I know absolutely nothing about it. That’s because it’s totally unrelated to me, right? Um, how should I put this? Well, for me, Metal [Gear] is espionage with political fiction. Right? So, because of that, there’s no reason that zombies would show up. This is how I see it, you know?”

Hideo Kojima left Konami late last year, set up his own studio, and is currently working on a new PS4 title called Death Stranding.

The announcer then clarified that the rumor that Kojima came up with Metal Gear Survive was untrue, and Yoji Shinkawa, Kojima’s long-time Metal Gear collaborator, then chimed in, saying he wasn’t involved either. “If it was me, there’d naturally be a bipedal weapon in it.”

“Then, what happens with the Famicom version without the bipedal weapon in it?” Kojima joked, mentioning the old port he also wasn’t involved with. Both Kojima and Shinkawa agreed that if there was no Metal Gear in Metal Gear, then those were games they had nothing to do with.


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Except.. in the announcement trailer, at the very end, you hear a Metal Gear and have a camera perspective of the characters from a Metal Gear. A zombified Metal Gear, most likely.