Hideo Kojima Hasn't Snuck Away From Metal Gear Solid

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Hideo Kojiima made Metal Gear Solid 4. There was speculation that the game creator would move onto other projects. But then he returned and began work on another Metal Gear game, Peace Walker.

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"Not only the Kotaku readers but I myself am interested in doing something besides Metal Gear," he told Kotaku in 2009.

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"If you write that 'Kojima-san doesn't have to make Metal Gear any more' every day on Kotaku, and write to the CEO of Konami and tell him that," he added, "then it might be easier for me to make non-Metal Gear games."

'Kojima-san doesn't have to make Metal Gear any more'
'Kojima-san doesn't have to make Metal Gear any more'
'Kojima-san doesn't have to make Metal Gear any more'
'Kojima-san doesn't have to make Metal Gear any more'
'Kojima-san doesn't have to make Metal Gear any more'

At a recent roundtable event, Metal Gear Rising producer Shigenobu Matsuyama said this through a translator: "I've been asked a lot, 'Is this going to be a side-story or spin-off to the MGS series?'...but what I'm positioning is that there will be a Hideo Kojima game that is MGS, but what we are planning as Kojima Productions is have this Raiden Rising as almost as a standard so that there's an MGS and the Rising going back-and-forth in the future."

And that kinda doesn't make any sense! So Konami clarified to website Shacknews: "Hideo Kojima will continue working on Metal Gear Solid games." And that doesn't really address what Matsuyama said, but there you go, from Konami, "Hideo Kojima will continue working on Metal Gear Solid games."

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Remember when Hideo Kojima made games that weren't Metal Gear?

Neither do I.

As much as MGS is an enjoyable series, it would be nice to see him really flex his muscle as a game designer, move out of his comfort zone and try something new. Otherwise, the series could get real stale, real fast.

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'Kojima-san doesn't have to make Metal Gear any more'
'Kojima-san doesn't have to make Metal Gear any more'
'Kojima-san doesn't have to make Metal Gear any more'
'Kojima-san doesn't have to make Metal Gear any more'
'Kojima-san doesn't have to make Metal Gear any more'

Hideo Kojima to Continue Working on Metal Gear Solid [Shacknews via 1UP]

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DISCUSSION

Didn't Kojima say that MGS4 was meant be his and MGS' swan song and that was to be his final Metal Gear? Why hasn't he simply handed over creative and directive control to someone else who is equally capable?

Ok, sure, MGS is his baby and he's going to want to make sure it's done correctly, but it seems to me like Kojima is being held to ransom by a rabid fanbase that is unwilling to relinquish their favourite series. In that respect, Kojima has more patience than I. By now I'd be tempted to think "Fuck it" and make the next entry the most balls-to-the-wall, insane thing ever to grace console and/or handheld, completely screwing over cannon in the process.

But then, I am rather a petty man.