Kojima's latest to tackle 'delicate, taboo' topics

Metal Gear Solid designer seeking to bring "real-life issues to the forefront" via upcoming mystery game.

Hideo Kojima's current mystery project will confront "delicate" and "taboo" topics, the legendary designer revealed this week in the nation's capital.

Kojima isn't afraid to touch taboo topics with his new game.

Speaking at the Smithsonian's just-opened "Art of Video Games" exhibit (via Shacknews), the developer said he's not sure if what he's planning will ship with the final product. Nevertheless, he said it's his goal to highlight these topics.

"The game I'm working on right now is dealing with quite a few issues that are pretty delicate and taboo," Kojima said. "I'm not sure if they'll end up being in the final product or not, but that's something that I want to continue to strive for." He says his aim is to "bring those real-life issues to the forefront," while also building a game that is fun to play.

Kojima didn't offer further information regarding his mystery project during the talk. The developer has been tied to an open-world game currently code-named Project Ogre, which was first talked about at the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo. At the time, he said the team was still in the planning phase, experimenting with ideas and conducting research.

Since then, Kojima has also talked about plans for a Metal Gear Solid 5, as well as his desire to do another Zone of Enders game. He is also serving as executive producer for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, although that title is being developed by Platinum Games rather than Kojima Productions.

To watch Kojima's full talk, check out the Smithsonian's video, embedded below.


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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

153 comments
Bouzane
Bouzane

"Maybe Kojima could start by including queer characters that AREN'T exclusively evil bisexuals for once." Somebody has obviously never finished Peace Walker.

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

I hope it has 10 hours worth of cutscenes and 3 hours worth of gameplay.

mr111111
mr111111

i have faith in kojima-san!

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

12 year old little girls and tentacle monsters? nooo, that's not taboo for Japan. must be something else...

Gamescook
Gamescook

Maybe Kojima could start by including queer characters that AREN'T exclusively evil bisexuals for once.

MegandDia128
MegandDia128

If Kojima is involved in a game it is a game that all gamers need to pay attention to. Kojima is one of the if not the best game dev ever.

dRuGGeRnaUt
dRuGGeRnaUt

I love this from commentors: "video game makers have NO right to talk about their opinions/views on the world/politics" but every gamespot user has to listen to your "opinions" about videos games/everything else? I find it funny you seem to all think your opinions are more valid, or that somehow anyone cares about them, yet here you are, posting your (as usual) negative comments. I just finished reading the "fbi using unreal" article, it FULL of political opinions etc. So just to clarify: To game devs: "shut the F#$% up and don't tell me your opinion" to gamespot users: "Yes my opinion matters and i have every right to say it." I think as a "whole" gamers are becoming the whiniest, most demanding fanbase. Maybe because most of its "culture" comes from the faceless internet, I don't know. But I can't stand listenin to all the people saying things like "I DEMAND MASS EFFECT 3 HAS A DIFFERENT ENDING" etc. You make us all look like immature babies. These devs make a game (a work of art if you will in some cases :)), it is finished and thats how THEY wanted it. if YOU don't like it don't buy it. . it's a 50/50 partnership, one makes the other buys. it Imagine if, at YOUR WORK, you made something that took years to complete, finally deliver it, and have the nerd masses online calling for your head on a pike because the ending was exactly what they wanted, blah blah blah etc.

mhaed
mhaed

If anyone is to successfully tackle delicate, real-world issues in a game, Kojima is the man to do it.

csward
csward

I hope this isn't like Anime that tries to deal with taboo topics like child molestation and abuse. Don't really want that in the game Kojima, so please exclude the taboo.

NeoTaintedAngel
NeoTaintedAngel

I think it would be awesome if the "Taboo topic" at hand is the abomination known as DLC. It's the devil, you know.

MarcRecon
MarcRecon

lol...I'm not surprized. As brilliant as Kojima is he's always inserted little weird taboos in his game. It's just that now since society is alot more accepting of things in general, he can be a little more direct with his issues.

revilnemesis
revilnemesis

I love the Metal Gear Solid series but a Metal Gear Solid 5 would ruin the end of Metal Gear Solid 4 for me. MGS4 had a great ending that, I think, would be cheapened by a sequel.

TCMOREIRA
TCMOREIRA

I hope the political game of his say something nice and smart. Also I wish the best for this game. So that, more political games can be allowed to exist by the sucess of a game like this.

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

It should be about 1st world problems, about the moral dilemma of choosing between sitting in the front seat, or sitting in the back seat.

Apathetic_Prick
Apathetic_Prick

Important question: Taboo to whom? Eastern Culture? Western Culture? Middle Eastern Culture? I mean, everyone has different taboos, and they're not all that universal anymore.

Evenios
Evenios

it should be about lesbians!

kid23455
kid23455

If he does, I hope he handles it in a mature manner. Not for the controversy, portray it correctly like what it should be. If it's terrorism, show it for what it is, religious fanatics forcing desperate men to sacrifice themselves believing it's for their families and their afterlife. Not they're evil and it's for the evilulz and not GO AMERICA TERRORISTS AND RUSSIANS SUCK

DevilD2005
DevilD2005

Kojima, you want to make a third zone of the enders game, and we want you to make it, whats the problem?

sixgears2
sixgears2

@lMeRCiLeSSl I never said that I didn't enjoy the gameplay of MGS4. I loved that aspect of the game just like I loved it in all the other MGS titles. The problem was that there just wasn't enough of it. The usually interesting story was buried in an avalanche of preachy cutscenes that took me out of action for nearly an hour at a time so Kojima-san could bludgeon me with his hamfisted world view. . I'll freely admit that I enjoy Metal Gear Solid from a gameplay perspective, but when that gameplay is weighed down by clumsy, obtrusive political statements like it was MGS4 it sucks a lot of the fun out of it. Same goes for the story, which went from being compelling to confusing because Kojima force injected far too many of his opinions into it and changed his once-great characters into pulpits to preach from instead of people to care about. Oh, and I have to respectfully disagree with you about MGS4 being the best in the series. That honor goes to either Snake Eater or the first MGS in my book.

lMeRCiLeSSl
lMeRCiLeSSl

@sixgears2 I'm not usually one to just flat out say 'you're wrong' but, you are... MGS4 was the best of the series. Sure, it could have added more to actual gameplay (instead of having more then double the time of the game being story). Lets face it tho, you don't buy MGS for just gameplay the story is definatly key to all Kojima titles. What game do you know lets you do so much (go prone, play dead, stick people up, cover mechanic that actually works, knock on walls, choose between killing people and putting them to sleep instead and of course HIDE IN BOXES!)? You can't honestly tell me while you was playing you didn't enjoy gameplay... (sorry for wall of text) As for the "delicate" and "taboo" topics: We know it won't have to do with pubic hair. Other than that Japan and Taboo go hand and hand...

J_Dangerously
J_Dangerously

My guess, something involving Hiroshima/Nagasaki as a backdrop, or possibly a game that makes references to real life, modern day terrorist attacks. A game that tackles 9/11, the London subway bombings, etc.

sixgears2
sixgears2

@LtReviews Oh boy. A cliche argument used to combat an argument you accuse of being cliche. I'll start from the beginning. First, no I don't care about his Coke or Pepsi preference just like I don't care about his opinions on the nature of war or human existence. That's exactly my point. Kojima needs to check his trite political views at the door and focus on making games, not statements. Second, what "people" do makes no difference to me. I've never accused anyone of being too subtle, and especially not in games. I actually think that subtle transmission of ideas is both classier and more effective than a direct approach. Don't try to attribute other people's arguments to me without warrant. Lastly, whether or not I'm being forced to play the game is entirely beside the point. I loved the series until Kojima decided that it was better used as a political soap box than a piece of entertainment (right about at the end of MGS2, Snake Eater excepted). I hoped MGS4 would be different and saw it all the way through to give it a fair shot before reviewing it (yes, I write game reviews, no I won't tell you for whom), so you can stow your trite generalizations and blanket justifications. Thanks.

LtReviews
LtReviews

@sixgears2 so, if you don't care about his political or philosophical views, which views would you like to see? His coke vs pepsi preference? I'm tired of hearing these arguements. When they put in "relatively subtle" messages, people come out and complain "hidden/subliminal messages!" and accuse the developer of being dishonest, or coercive. Or, they put in visible and evident political messages, and people come out and complain "waaaah, you are shoving your beliefs down my throat!" I wonder, at any time during the 12 hour playthrough you self-professed about feeling it was a "barely interactive political speech" did you think of just stop playing the game. OR, would Kojima (who had your mum and dad at gunpoint while watching you play) not let your parents who he had taken hostage live to see tomorrow had you done otherwise?

shadow580
shadow580

@sixgears2 why do you people take these things so seriously? It's a game with mechs, nanites and some deranged individuals that are wearing octocamo suits that turns them invisible for god's sake. Oh but the politics suck.

sixgears2
sixgears2

This just in Kojima: I don't care about your political or philosophical views. You killed the Metal Gear Solid franchise by turning it into an all-out political statement instead of just keeping things relatively subtle and I have no desire to see you take that any further. The last thing I want is another 12 hour, barely interactive political speech like what I got with MGS4. Focus on the game first, then include the message if you can. . If I want to be bludgeoned by other people's political opinions I'll turn on CNN or Fox. Games can make statements, but when they all but scream them in your face it takes a lot of the shine off the experience.

vishisluv7
vishisluv7

Metal Gear Solid 5: Snake gets anal.

xxxarlow
xxxarlow

Taliban Hedgehog?? Nazi Plummer??

Nezard
Nezard

Zombie game with actual killable zombie children?

otanikun
otanikun

Metal Gear Solid 5: Snake Needs a Pacemaker. But seriously they can't do another game with Snake, he's in retirement now and living out the rest of his life in peace, it's only a matter of time before he dies, as much as it pains me to say that. I love Snake. I'm wondering if it's the beginning of a new series and stars a new protagonist or something, kinda like what they did with MGS2 and Raiden.

TheoAlmighty
TheoAlmighty

Japan + Taboo = adult only rating i kid i kid

Jebril
Jebril

So his next game is gonna have some incest pedophilic rape scene?

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@awheaten Don't you think you're being a bit off the mark there :? If he's managed success this far without learning English then fair play to the guy. He shouldn't have to learn any language other than his native.

kazumashadow
kazumashadow

@321FOX123 i understand what you are saying, MGS4 was kinda different from the previous ones but still that game was simply a masterpiece. There were countless moments in the game that made me laugh, that made me nervous, that made me sad. That is what i call a masterpiece, the game made each and every one of us FEEL. The ending? Probably the best ending i ever seen. And the part wich Snake enters that giant microwave thing and has to get to the end of the hallway? Man that got me to the edge of my seat, simply awesome. So see, this is why speaking badly of MGS4 is unfair, maybe it was different from the others of the series (the real series not that PSP crap) but it is indeed a masterpiece.

digi-demon
digi-demon

@aweaten His engrish is probably better than many of our japanese :)

digi-demon
digi-demon

@DarknautXXX Ahh, that be Raider of the Last Arcade... :lol:

supertom221
supertom221

"Metal Gear Solid designer seeking to bring "real-life issues to the forefront" via upcoming mystery game." I believe it's going to talk on the aspect of the face of war. AGAIN. But maybe it will take a different approach. A more personal maybe. All these wargames we see on the market nowadays, making war look like child's play and shooting the "Bad guys". NO. JUST NO. War is war. it's a tragedy, an onslaught, massacre of men, women and children, rape, abuse, psychological derailing, severe damage to the land, captives being interrogated and treated brutally violent... Don't get me wrong, I love games like BF3 just as much as the next guy, but c'mon, you can't take that seriously. I'd like a a Kojima game that looks at these aspects of war we never see in games, barely in movies. I think Zanzibar would be a great testing ground for that.

supertom221
supertom221

@kuda001 What japanese game doesn't? :P

kuda001
kuda001

Instinct tells me this will involve schoolgirls, maid outfits and upskirt shots.

nate1222
nate1222

Are we gonna get a Boktai remake or sequel for 3DS, Kojima-san? That series rocks. I own and love Boktai 1 & 2 for GBA and Lunar Knights for DS. As far as this mystery project, I'm up for it.

321FOX123
321FOX123

@BryanParksSuper no my friend, unfortunately I'm not 15 years old... I'm 24 right now (where does the time go?(() MGS4 was the main reason I choose ps3 over XBOX. MGS was my THE most beloved franchise since MGS1 (my favorite game of all time). So it come to me as big disappointment to see what have become with MGS4 (Beauty and the Beast Unit, Maryl and Johny, Raiden with single hand stop the war ship, Naomi and Vamp, Mei Ling, boobs and asses). It's always sad to see how game being dumped down in order to appeal to masses. P.S. played COD only once, not my type of game (Half Life and Bioshock all the way baby!!) P.P.S. sorry for my English))

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

I'm already ready for this! Bring it!

slyguy65
slyguy65

WTF all i see is a loading circle

Ducez_III
Ducez_III

(Guy in the background) SNAAAAAAAAAKE! Lol