Kojima didn't think Metal Gear Solid would be a hit

Creator Hideo Kojima says he did not expect the game to sell "at all."

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Metal Gear Solid is one of the most well-known franchises in gaming today, but its success was not a sure thing upon its initial release. Speaking during a recent Q&A on Twitch, Kojima said the success of 1998 PlayStation One game Metal Gear Solid...snuck up on him.

"Neither me nor anyone else expected Metal Gear Solid to sell at all," Kojima said when asked what his favorite game in the series to develop was. "So I was fortunate, because I didn't have to think, 'I have to sell this game this much,' so pretty much all I did was put in that game all the things I really like."

The Metal Gear Solid franchise has since spanned numerous sequels across a variety of platforms. As of April 2013, more than 33 million Metal Gear Solid games have been sold.

The next game in the series is Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, which launches March 18 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4. It is a prologue to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, which might not launch until December 2015.

Looking for more Metal Gear Solid content? Be sure to read GameSpot editor Peter Brown's interview with Kojima and art director Yoji Shinkawa about the future of the Metal Gear Solid series.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Discussion

91 comments
snaketus
snaketus

"So I was fortunate, because I didn't have to think, 'I have to sell this game this much,' so pretty much all I did was put in that game all the things I really like."


Isn't that recipe for a good game? Publishers should consider to give game designers this freedom back, really. 


And yes I tried to post this comment yesterday, but the COMMENT SECTION WASN'T WORKING!! And now I had to write this twice, because I was suddenly logged out even though I just posted on another article couple minutes ago. Fix the fucking site already, or I will stop using it. Even now I don't use it as much as before. It's a buggy mess where information is hidden.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Oh, great. More patronizing form Kojima. Getting pretty tired of his bullshit. I didn't think it would sell at all. Really? Then why did you make it? Because it was your "passion"? Whatever, we all aren't that stupid.

brainstraw
brainstraw

new to the series. Which games are essential to the story mythos?

chazy035
chazy035

Konami games are crap.  Nintendo is a much better developer.


Nintendo 3DS Rules!!

howiex89
howiex89

wonder what horsecrap he'll come out with tomorrow, just shut up Koji

milan4554
milan4554

if he thinks its going to be a hit, then it won't lol. don't think fast, just wait and see like sony didn't know their going to hit 5m sales before april.and which they did. I've played all the MGS series but I'm not hyped up about this one.

galeta
galeta

kojima talks too much. gamespot kissing his ass non-stop.

shoguntake
shoguntake

Gamespot is making Kojima look like an asshole who loves talking about himself by splitting up his interview into like 5 different articles

cboye18
cboye18

I've never even heard about this game franchise until a couple of years ago, and I've been playing for almost 17 years...

B-boy
B-boy

i whish release twin snakes for ps3

sudarsanvrs
sudarsanvrs

"Kojima says" article on gamespot is not something new then why u do you bottom feeding haters have to come and shit all over the article. If u don't like it stop fucking clicking on the link you dumbasses

gajbutler
gajbutler

I remember when Metal Gear Solid came out here in the UK, every one was talking about it like it was the second coming. I was like 11 years old and all I ever heard was "You have to play this game" and I managed to get it that Summer as an early Christmas present because I wanted it so much. I had so much hype built up, all my friends came round (I was the only one with the game) and I handed the controller (as usual) to a friend who was best at games. There was seven of us all watching it, finally torn away from Goldeneye 64 and Mario Kart 64 and they slept over all weekend, my mum made them food and we complete it together. 


We were blown away, it was the first game that was as good as a movie, it was the first game that was that cinematic, not just CGI like Final Fantasy, but it was all in game graphics! It looked amazing, the voice acting was amazing, the story was the best ever. The gameplay was so amazing too, sneaking round a complex, being able to mess around with the A.I, go at things in so many different angles. OMG! So innovative and amazing, we hadn't played anything like it up to that point, it changed the genre. 


I miss the Playstation days, where new genres were born all the time, having 3D be this new thing, it was such an exciting time, you just don't get that  any more. Kids now have something similar thanx to the PC, there has been a massive indie craze on PC, new stuff like Minecraft and Dayz, so many new genres popping up, hardcore games finally coming back like Dark Souls. It'll never be like the innovative days of early 3D in the mid to late 90s...


MGS had such an impact on me.


I also miss the days when all my friends would come round, we'd hand the controller over the the one friend who was so amazing at games, we've complete them together. Resident Evil 1 and 2, Dino Crisis, Final Fantasy 1 & 8, Pokemon Red and blue, all of us with Gameboys playing side by side lol.


Such good times, Thanx Kojima for being a massive part of my childhood.

enoughofthis
enoughofthis

i don't think metal gear would fun if it was realistic, some of the most fun boss fights were fighting large metal gears


remember in peace walker fighting the cocoon

onionking108
onionking108

Kojima looks like a 50 year old trapped in a 20 year olds body (srsly, born 1963)...whats his secret?? lol

MGS1 is one of my all time favorites.  I really admire Kojima's work, convolution and wacky storylines and all. 

golden1elite
golden1elite

OMG Kojima!  I must bow to the all mighty god....  Just kidding, not really blown away.  But I hope he can make a good game this time around.

DARKSPACE
DARKSPACE

Well Kojima always wanted to make films, but ended up on MSG franchise. Tried to move away by letting others take helm, but feels obligated to his creation.  He also tries to tie up the stories, but each time he does he just piles more story direction which means he will never really get to making an official ending that will really make any type of sense.  Some may even go as far as saying he's been cursed with great fortune.  

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

Yeah and Hideo? It's one of our favorites as well. Seems even numbers are bad for you as odds are for Microsoft OSs because 2 and 4 sucked. I like the far more 'realistic' 1 and 3. Ground Zero seems the return to the sanity.

Paul2004
Paul2004

If you expect great things then your bound to be disappointed, its always those you would never expect that sell a ton.

OmegaGear
OmegaGear

If that really was his attitude, I'm surprised Konami kept him around and put money into the project. Seems counterproductive to put all those resources when the project head doesn't think the final product is going to sell at all.

rawkstar007
rawkstar007

I remember seeing the trailer for this game about a year before it came out. I knew with absolute certainty then that this would be a hit.

daviz88
daviz88

okay HIDEO i think you are talking too much nowadays 

XxXDarkness0XxX
XxXDarkness0XxX

too bad u are trying to get the series to die like wtf is up with this RE4-6 over the shoulder shooting and selling demos

B-boy
B-boy

i whish remake mg 1 ans 2

sherberttcat
sherberttcat

He's the Steve Jobs of video games. Talks about how great he is, and people just wanna motorboat the crack of his ass for it.


Pheonix985
Pheonix985

It's official.  Gamespot is just throwing random articles at us.  Some of them aren't even more than 3 paragraphs.  Hardly news worthy.  Don't worry Gamespot.  I still love you.  Haha.  

qtmew
qtmew

Another article about Kojima talking more&more? I never saw that coming... Really took me by surprise.

Halloll
Halloll

I enjoyed blowing up Kojima with grenades in Ground Zero.

dragonkantus4
dragonkantus4

i only played the raiden game anyway i did liked but it is way too short

LJNkickstarter
LJNkickstarter

@gajbutler  I also miss the PSX1 days where everybody was playing it. Go out meeting random people and bam! they also love playing MGS... Now its like hey have you seen the trailer for MGS V and they were like that game still exist? 

solid_snake_48
solid_snake_48

@gajbutler  I also remember when metal gear solid came out.  I was blown away by it.  It might be the most innovative game i've ever played.  There were so many things i'd never seen done before in a video game, or thought could be done in a video game.  Because of this mgs will always hold a special place in my heart. 

dantekb43
dantekb43

@gajbutler Better read this while listening to The Best Has Yet to Come....*DEM FEELS...

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

@Kinguard73  metal gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty(not censored substance version) did not suck. I just finished it for the 2nd time and it's really fucking good.

onionking108
onionking108

@sherberttcat I don't think he talks about how great he is, Gamespot just posts a  new story every time he twitters something. 

IntegralReaper
IntegralReaper

@Dredcrumb9 @Kinguard73  It's without a doubt the best Metal Gear game, just absolutely blew my socks off at the time. The reason I bought a PS2.. he could not have possibly made a better game.