Kojima: Metal Gear Solid 'will always be around'

The creator of Solid Snake and friends has said that the games will go on, although he is unlikely to be at the helm.

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Back at the beginning of 2001, Hideo Kojima announced that his latest game, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, would be the final chapter in the series. He changed his mind later that same year, proclaiming that "Metal Gear must live on."

The latest episode in the franchise, the soon-to-be-released Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, was widely believed to be the last game, which would complete the story. At TGS 2005 Kojima all but confirmed this, saying, "This fourth [Metal Gear Solid] is going to be the final one for me and [series art designer Youji] Shinkawa... There are other things that [we] want to create."

Now it seems that Kojima has had a change of heart. In an interview with Reuters, Kojima said, "Metal Gear will always be around. I feel a responsibility to continue this series as long as users demand it."

However, he might well take more of a backseat on future iterations of the franchise. He confirmed, "It doesn't mean I'm going to sit in completely. I'll probably take a different role in the next game. Maybe I'll sit in as producer and let the young staff take control of the new series. I really want to go on to new things."

Kojima also revealed that although the game won't be the last in the series, it will tie together all the storylines in the last three games. He said, "I'm not a genius like George Lucas. I didn't have this story planned out. I always tried to finish the story in each game. But by some miracle in MGS4 I was able to resolve the mysteries left behind in past games and resolve the side stories from past games."

Discussion

448 comments
um_i_love_games
um_i_love_games

I can not believe this isnt the last game in the series! I CAN N-O-T WAIT!

SnakeWesker
SnakeWesker

Lucas is a genius. Star Wars is the best movie franchise of all time. I love watching all six movies in the same day. It truly is magical. Episode III ended up being the best of the series. Then, when you take in all the other things he has done in this industry, like ILM's CG works and the Indiana Jones quadrilogy, anyone who says he is not a genius simply doesn't know what he is talking about.

topraman517
topraman517

"any thinking person over the age of 10 can see that they're pretty crummy movies" I'm not going to stand up for the prequels, but the original trilogy was nothing short of groundbreaking back in the day, and in my opinion the movies still hold up now. I do agree that George Lucas was never a "genius", but he did have a vision that he was able to fulfill with the help of the the talents of other people. Anyway, I already saw this news coming. Even if Kojima wanted to kill the franchise, no way would Konami let him.

Mush_Mouth
Mush_Mouth

I'm sorry, but Lucas is totally overrated and hardly deserves to be called a "genius". The only good things he's done are the Indiana Jones movies and starting up LucasArts, and LucasArts has basically stopped releasing the games that earned them so much popularity (that huge back catalog of 5 star adventure games) and stuck to doing crappy Star Wars games. Star Wars is such an overrated series and any thinking person over the age of 10 can see that they're pretty crummy movies, especially those terrible prequels.

badform
badform

aaa a i need a dectionary

m_law
m_law

YYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!

MGS2_Sub
MGS2_Sub

I knew it all along. Kojima can't just quit the Metal Gear universe. It's gotten too big. I mean, people were threatening to kill themselves if Kojima weren't to direct MGS4. Note this quote in the article stated by Kojima, "It doesn't mean I'm going to sit in completely. I'll probably take a different role in the next game. Maybe I'll sit in as producer and let the young staff take control of the new series. I really want to go on to new things." Well, he said the VERY same thing when MGS4 was first announced. Sorry Kojima, it looks like there really is No Place To Hide :)

assasinspray
assasinspray

Ofcorse lengends must live on.....Hurray!

Krazy-K
Krazy-K

Sweet! Metal Gear Solid lives on!

Mehzzz
Mehzzz

Anyone who dont like this guy must have sumit wrong with them in my opinion, He rocks dudes!

AnthraxAngel
AnthraxAngel

Hideo Kojima is a pure-bred genius. You could say that Hideo Kojima is to the video-game industry, to what George Lucas is to the movie industry. Also, if they do bring out future installments of the franchise after MGS4... they better be as good as to what the rest of the series has been, hopefully.

drew36chambers
drew36chambers

yeah, I gotta admit, the lucas quote was a little off color. I'll give lucas the indiana series without a doubt but to be honest, even though star wars was enjoyable, they are not good films. certainly not a scorcese, david chase, or any other "true" film genius. kojima just makes great videogames and unfortunately, they now have to butcher one of the greatest games (and stories) of modern times (MGS1) with a movie directed by the man who did ultraviolet....fantastic.......

solitarycow
solitarycow

"...not a genius like George Lucas." How very humble of Kojima. One could question whether or not Kojima ranks among the greats such as Lucas. However, Kojima has certainly proven himself to be capable of directing Hollywood features. A man at Disney once said: "Humility is the final human achievement." I'm certainly excited to see what more new adventures Kojima can dish out.

optimusprime18
optimusprime18

sMeAgOl_VaDeR, you mean in your opinion. problably in many many peoples' opinions as well, but your statement is still just an opinion.

sMeAgOl_VaDeR
sMeAgOl_VaDeR

Lamb0fFilth, that is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO not true. Sure he is a genius... but NO ONE can be compared to George Lucas... NO ONE... not even Tom Clancy. There are a million game geniuses and movie geniuses... but George Lucas is currently THE BEST THERE IS. No offense.

sveinoh
sveinoh

We love the games because Kojima and Shinkawa are making them. I would hate to see Metal Gear Solid games be produced that are of the same low standards of "usual games" nowadays (especially multi platform games that has not been completely made for any of the platforms). The more I think about it the more angry I get! Just look at how much got fu(bleep) up on Twin Snakes! And there the story was already great!

spookymoose
spookymoose

Crazy old man Lucas can't hold a candle to Kojima. Seriously, I'm convinced he wants to drill oil or something under skywalker ranch and can't do it until he scares off all the starwars fans like a scooby-doo villan dressed up as a pirate in an abandoned mine. I can just picture him cackling and wheezing, clutching the arms of a wooden rocking chair as he plans a christmas jarjar/ ewok special to scare off those damn meddling kids

Lamb0fFilth
Lamb0fFilth

but u r a genius like George Lucas my friend.

HK-Ghost
HK-Ghost

@Awful_Cleric: Why dont you take a bite out of the crap you're typing and keep quiet while you're at it? Thanks in advance.

Awful_Cleric
Awful_Cleric

Yeah, I guess if someone drove a truck load of money up to my door I'd have a change of heart about ending a series as well... That and he called Geoge Lucas a "Genius" I have totally lost ALL respect for this man. But I do see some parallells in both of them. They both started and excellent property and developed a strong fan base only to have their own idea become distorted convoluted and lacking as they were allowed to be a part of the new iterations of the series...Also Kojima should do his homework about ol' George considering he never even wrote the screenplay or fleshed out episodes 1,2,3, (they were merely outlines of plot) He was just there as and adviser and overseeing director. And not to mention he hasn't written ANY of the new canon for starwars in over 20 years. ...for shame Kojima!!!! don't compare yourself to a washed up fat bastard who can't even make a decent attempt at keeping the series true to it's original....oh wait YOU already did that...oops nevermind.

akiwak
akiwak

Metal Gear has been a great game to have since the first port over to the NES. I've played the games and have loved all of them. MGS was a great game to restart the franchise and look forward to everything Metal Gear.

Daylen
Daylen

"Solid" Snake and "Liquid" Snake. The only thing lamer than that is a vampire named "Vamp". I'll put up with rubbish characters and story if a game is worth playing otherwise, but MGS with its terrible controls, quirky stealth mechanics and lousy boss-fights is a chore to play. Honestly, Hideo Kojima has the imagination of a 7-year old and if you like MGS, then you simply have bad taste. MGS is comparable to Power Rangers.

drew36chambers
drew36chambers

there will never be another solid snake, but maybe they'll have the same type of espionage but with a different character at the helm. they need to let solid die with this game, otherwise it would be a disservice to one of the greatest video game characters of all time.

jo_er86
jo_er86

i agree with Nawras... nuff said

louguystalker
louguystalker

This will be the Last MGS cause snake is 80.Also,when Hideo says MGS will always be aroung,he means in our hearts.And if it is still around,it wont be with snake which would be gay

Nawras
Nawras

The George Lucas comment is priceless

mark_unix
mark_unix

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mark_unix
mark_unix

Kojima as long as europe is there, there will be a strong demand for MGS ;) i wished i could make my own MGS spin-off, because there is still one market not touched by anyone yet :( it's sad how company's don't see certain things.

Silicon_Noob
Silicon_Noob

Kojima is a far better script writer than George Lucas. Why does the dude always have to be so humble, if anyone deserves to have an ego it's Kojima.

GUnitTimothy
GUnitTimothy

If RAIDEN takes over the series... wooo... NINJA RAIDEN 5

SoraLink
SoraLink

i expect MGS4 not to be the last game of this series, Metal Gear, Zelda and Resident Evil are the series that i wont be bored never

Some_One_Plays
Some_One_Plays

To: grahamx

If Snake dies it doesn't main Raiden won't take the lead, it was sort of hinted in Snake Eater (Remembering we only play Snake 2 times excluding the Subsistance of Sons of Liberty edition). Plus when Snake dies or kills himself it won't be like Konima (Hideo Kojima / Kojima Productions) betrayed me. It's just a character anything can happen my guess, something has to to with Olga's daughter's father. The first boss in Sons of Liberty the Russian woman who doesn't shave. What's most interesting Olga has an accent and her daughter doesn't. Her mother was with Revolver taking over the ship and she (daughter) appears to be with the good guys. Now in four Revolver is taken over my Liquid so even though it appears to be Revolver his arm is Liquids that was slowly taking him over on Sons of Liberty. With Snake killing himselve maybe someone is taking him over or just some disease of the cloning to spead and infect others.

grahamx
grahamx

I bet that... there will be some plot twist at the end like, old snake actually being a separate clone from, Solid or something like that. But kojima relises that no one wants the series to end, no one wants Snake to die, and he feels as though he would be betraying his fans. However, there will likely be a very long wait for the next game, as he seems to want to go to other things, like continuing Zone Of Enders or Boktai... Plus... he is working on PROJECT S for wii, along with Suda 51 (genius combo) so he just wants to try other things first.

wellrod
wellrod

Lol u maight play as Sunny

coneman1
coneman1

I'd like to see them remake all the earlier Metal gears and scale them up for the PS3, you know they would sell like hot cakes!!

_em_
_em_

He got us again! ^___^ I wouldn't say Lucas is a genius...at least not anymore. :-/

jazilla
jazilla

I think that Kojima is saying that it isn't the end because MGS4 won't have a clear cut ending.

statechamp1
statechamp1

Hideo Kojima is the only person who can make Metal Gear a great game. If he steps down as the main guy I think the series should definately end. Metal Gear Solid 5: Zanzibar

Kit_Sakurazuka
Kit_Sakurazuka

...>.> Was anyone actually expecting this to be the last game...? Ah well, as long as the games keep being good, who cares.

Daylen
Daylen

George Lucas sucks... but not as much as Hideo Kojima.

aztecasteve
aztecasteve

i don't know i don't think snake kills himself i think it will be like big boss snake will end up defecting and thus a new legacy wil be born that of raiden Metal Gear Riden or maybe somebody else or maybe there is a missing clone??? that nobody knew about all i know is that im looking forward to the next installment of the game whether it be on psp or future playstations

Agermemnon
Agermemnon

I can only pray that the clunky feel improves ( prob wont though ) with MGS 5,6,7,8,9 and so on and on and on and on..........................pffffffffffff

PocketBannana
PocketBannana

Hideo is a genius, dunno about Lucas though.

combatsoldier
combatsoldier

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Joker_268
Joker_268

Snakes Legacy must live on......