Metal Gear Solid 5 might be Kojima's 'next project'

Famed Konami designer says he has no option but to make sequel to top-rated action adventure or original game; Zone of the Enders follow-up "pushed into future."

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In April, Kojima Productions head and Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima teased through his Japanese-language Twitter feed that his "next project will challenge a certain type of taboo." Unfortunately, Kojima has been less than forthcoming with more details about this mysterious work.

It's hard to say where things could go after MGS4.

This week, though, Kojima sat down with Hirokazu Hamamura, CEO of Famitsu publisher Enterbrain, and offered a host of cryptic comments concerning one, or more, of the designer's upcoming projects. As relayed by Andria Sang, Kojima began by talking up his "next project," saying that details have been largely firmed up, though "recently, it has wavered a bit."

Kojima told Hamamura that after returning from the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June, he experienced a change of heart. "I'm not sure myself, but I began to want to do something different from what I'd wanted to do originally," he said.

Delving deeper into the specific nature of this project, Kojima said that the game will either be entirely new or Metal Gear Solid 5. "For the next game I make, it's either MGS5 or an original game. I only have these two choices," he said. His indecision notwithstanding, Kojima noted that the game's engine is already up and running, and that he has allocated his key personnel to the project.

It seems clear that the game will not be a new installment in the Zone of the Enders franchise, a speculated frontrunner following interest expressed by Kojima in October. "Regarding [Zone of the Enders] and so-forth, sorry--those will be pushed a bit into the future. I'm 47 this year, and I don't know when something might happen."

As for when the game would release and on which platforms, Kojima said, "It can't take three years," calling out the accelerated pace of game development in the West. He went on to say that the game is being created for unspecified consoles.

Discussion

718 comments
SolidAlexz
SolidAlexz

mgs4 is funner on big boss hard (but might get a little hard)

trembo_slice
trembo_slice

MGS4 finally perfected character control, but it lost the stealth-based gameplay that fans of the series love. Too many chases: on top of Drebin's vehicle, on the back of Big Mama's bike, escaping on Rex... I mean can a brother get some stealth action up in this b? I would like to see Metal Gear or Metal Gear Solid remade with MGS4's engine and player movement. I'd like to see a return to OSP of items and weapons; which rewards exploring the level. Eliminate the concept of the gun market as represented by Drebin in MGS4. OR, a stealth based game similar to thief with MGS4 character control... although im not sure how the sword mechanics would work... but looks like they could do something nice with what i've seen of rising (despite not wanting to play that title)

DKnutz187
DKnutz187

metal gear is and always will be one of the greatest games ever.it wont be the same without snake but having raiden as a playable character slicing bad guys to pieces cloaking device ninja fighting skillz ohhhh boy if i txt antmore im gonna cum lol

Supercharger440
Supercharger440

What I'd love to see is a return to "Tactical, Stealth Espionage" meaning less emphasis on "run n gun" and more emphasis on the stealth we have all come to love from the venerable series the MGS games have been synonymous with. Also, how about more PMC's and less Cherubs and Gekkos. And if Trouser Snake is going to kick any bucket, make him go out with a bang and not because of a ...virus ? The man has withstood nuclear holocausts , accelerated aging, lack of a breeding capability, malignant sarcoma via chain smoking, FoxDie, and the Patriots exploitation. All so a virus can do what none of these have tried ? Time to bring T.Snake back to the essentials of stealth, subterfuge, and subversion oriented gameplay.

Draxargh
Draxargh

They need to get away from the sci-fi FoxDie crap, stay away from the digital Patiots, it needs to be a soldier's story once again.

Draxargh
Draxargh

As interesting as the Philanthropy Chronicles could be (the story that would inevitably be between MGS 1 and MGS 2) - a better story, and more fitting would be a bridge between Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and Metal Gear 1 for the Famicon/Nintendo. Just call it "Metal Gear" Open it up with Big Boss doing some operations in the Hondorus or Costa Rica, somewhere in South America, for the first chapter, make you think that you're going to be playing Big Boss throughout the game... and then, in an MGS2 twist, change the main character, but unlike the dismay of MGS2, celebrate the true completion of the series by making it Solid Snake sneaking onto the Big Shell-like Outer Heaven which you created in Peace Walker as Big Boss. The story could be epic, a true father-son scenario, and switch between Big Boss's story and Solid Snake's. Big Boss wrestling with the knowledge of some elite intruder, and Solid Snake meeting up with Gray Fox as well as everything else that either happened in the original or speculated throughout the series. Hideo wanted MGS4 to be his final masterpiece, but in my opinion, he fell short. Get rid of the Drebin system, get rid of the guns-up approach that plagued 4 and the month long story sequences, and find a good balance between the story telling of MGS, the gameplay of Peace Walker (and CQC system,) the graphics of MGS4, and the history of the series. His last major push should be the one that brought him to become a staple to begin with. Give us Metal Gear.

TheseShoes
TheseShoes

MGS5 gameplay should be the same mechanics but a huge map to be in, which would create great stealth play in some parts but in more urban environments have more action with cqc.

Luke1113
Luke1113

Totally agree, the story cannot continue with snake absoutley exhausted especially all the stuff he did in 4, If they were to make story between 1 and 2 would be great. However it has to be Snake as the main character or else it really isn't the same...

snake1mi
snake1mi

The only way I will like to play as Snake again, is if MGS5 will take place between MGS1 and MGS2. (or after 2) I cant see how the story can continue with an old exhausted Snake.

Albaficas
Albaficas

Mango@ Kojima was pretty clear that he dont want microsoft to mess or even mention the name SNAKE or putting him in the 360 console...so i doubt the next MGS will be with snake since it became a multiplatform

GodOfSyn
GodOfSyn

Honestly, I cannot wait to see another MGS, though I only beat around 2/3's of MGS4 which is crazy. I made it to around the mission where snake is in plain clothes, and you dodge lights etc... i just moved on to the newest game like i always do and never get back to the old. I really want to get back to that game soon, I've heard nothing but good for the ending, and I enjoyed the story up to what I played, its gonna be great.

AnimeKen15
AnimeKen15

The ending to Snakes's story was beautiful. Even though I would love to see another game with Snake it would ruin the story and drag it out. All we can do is wait and hope the game will be Epic. They have big shoes to fill espicially after MGS4

Ne_rome
Ne_rome

Metal Gear Solid 5: Snake's Revival Or something.. I just want my Solid Snake back! :D

Rovelius
Rovelius

@youranus I love how underrated MGS2 is.

youranus
youranus

mgs has turned more to humor then a serieus action story he got old instead of stronger and staying young it is great to see snake but whatabout characters like mantis ninja grey fox sniperwolf like characters i think mgs3 was the only good story gameplay follower to mgs1 i dont think 2 and 4 are that good snake we are waiting for suprises and a amazing story like the first and thirt part good luck hideo just dont mess with the character use the snake of part 1 he looked superieur i hope you bring back that style ;)

Anoush13
Anoush13

Even though I would LOVE Snake in another Espionage adventure, I'm worried about the story. We've pretty much covered anything there is to know about Solid Snake and we already know about Big Boss' background and how he became to build Outer Heaven. So what are they going to do with the story of MGS5? If they're going to use Raiden, I'm just going to shoot myself in the head!

YummyMango
YummyMango

Yep i agree, if he is going to make MGS5, it will have snake as main character in it and it will be the same old good MGS and nothing different. Also I saw another interview where they said that Rising is not same old MGS, it has been tweaked to a different kind of audience and is no way like the original MGS. Lets see what happens when that game comes out.

AndTron347
AndTron347

I hope he makes MGS5 but only is Soild Snake would be the protagonist or maybe "Big Boss".

Boyszone
Boyszone

i dont think its Multi platform i think only for PS3 he made microsoft Helarious when in Rising trailer the presenter said ... snake with new Metal gear on XboX ,Hideo Kojima said Not snake but Raiden Hideo Kojima didnt Port Snake to Xbox360 and im sure Metal gear solid rising aint the Sequel of MGS

Prado0
Prado0

i wish for at least one more MGS game with solid snake. If i were to recommend a MGS sequel, i would recommend making a game about the story and legacy of "The Boss" Aka "The Joy" from MGS3 Snake eater.

aaronfhff123
aaronfhff123

@matthewryder I want another game with Solid Snake too. A remake of Metal Gear 1 and 2 still hasn't been done...imagine those 2d games in 3d! The possibilities for Metal Gear series is endless.

JorgeChC
JorgeChC

@major_zero25 Thanks man, I got very confused while trying to type the message in order to have it as a clear reading. The mistake I made was the place where I put MGS3, because, if you notice, I then wrote "MGS Portable, prequel to Metal Gear..." IT's just that I forgot to mention Peace Waker... but you know I was just giving an example.

ARECVERICC
ARECVERICC

i hope kojima next project is mgs5

major_zero25
major_zero25

@jorgeChC metal gear solid 3 was before Metal gear 1 it dosint fill a gap. the order by story gose like this: MGS 3, MGS: PO, MGS PW. MG, MG2: SS, MGS, MGS2, MGS: R, MGS4.

JorgeChC
JorgeChC

I assume the MGS 5 will be a prequel. After Metal Gear Solid 2, The MGS series turned out to go from past to present: Metal Gear Solid 2 was present, MGS 3 filled the gap between Metal Gear 2 and Metal Gear Solid. Then MGS 4 was present, MGS Portable, prequel to Metal Gear... and so on. Now Metal Gear Solid Rising, the gap between MGS2 and 4. Or maybe, since Peace walker was supposed to be MGS 5, we might see something new. But something between MGS 1 and 2 would be nice.

poorisaac
poorisaac

Metal Gear Solid 5: Son of Snake

maximpossible
maximpossible

make a new metal gear with us able to play as the ninja and sneak, with better online play

juan99692k6
juan99692k6

@darth_kane yeah but they're old school like nintendo graphics and mgs2 doesn't explain much about outer heaven and/or gray fox.

Darth_Kane
Darth_Kane

@juan99692k6 There already are such games: Metal Gear Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake

juan99692k6
juan99692k6

what about a Metal gear game based on explaining more about outer heaven and snake's first encounter with gray fox.

matthewryder
matthewryder

I want snake back, his accelerated aging gets reversed. Get new characters, i don't know perhaps you could have something like: there were more than just 3 clones of big boss, return of the patriots, anything but its too soon to end solid snake. I know they killed Big boss off in mgs4 but thats okay because he was like 70 and theres still plenty of space for mgs prequels, peace walker was 1974 and metal gear was 1995 but i want another game with solid snake.

MCM078
MCM078

FoxDie will manipulate Snake's genetic structure in order for the host not to die (FoxDie dies if Snake dies) giving him a much younger age. It targets individuals with a specific genetic code and it suffered a mutation in MGS4 didn't it? Well that's what I'd go for if I was working on the game. Snake doomed to fight until someone kills him...or he kills himself. Moral of the story? Don't f**k with genetics.

xGlenn11x
xGlenn11x

I still think Snake should find a way to reverse his aging, even after the ending of MGS4.

funnysplay
funnysplay

Yes -sonic-boom- thats a great idea, i tried to play the originals but the grapics were unbearable.

sonic-boom
sonic-boom

metal gear solid 5 should be metal gear 1 & 2 retold

sickandtired
sickandtired

@pbz5 nope, PW was originally meant to be MGS5 but then HK took the "5" off the title, so PW is not MGS5...

spec9795
spec9795

i like the idea of mgs 5 and it could go anywhere... its kojima. mgs is kinda like a sci fi movie and any number of things could happen like after the old fox die getts taken out rapid aging reverses and he is left close to his actual age. i mean im sure ppl are going to come up with many twist and im sure once again its going to be nothing anyone expected but everyone loves

pbz5
pbz5

i mean peace walker

pbz5
pbz5

mgs5 is peace walkeer

gopre
gopre

I simply wish he'd remake the original Metal Gear and follow it up with the second Metal Gear. It would be easier for people to understand/experience the gap between Metal Gearl Solid: Snake Eater and Metal Gear: Twin Snakes. People would DEFINITELY shell out the money for those games. Most of us do not want the MGS series to come to an end. No Sake = no Metal Gear.

Anoush13
Anoush13

MGS5 will probably be a prequel, maybe even before the events of MGS1. Maybe a cover up story between MG2 and MGS1... Yeah I would like that.

lexluis
lexluis

Can you imagine a MGS that take place AFTHER the events of MGS4? me either

lexluis
lexluis

Guess what, this will be Kojimas last MGS game... again

newbie4lyfe
newbie4lyfe

KOJIMA to make all of it! but which one first? hmmmmm... i hope he plans to show 3 teasers at tgs 2010!!!

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

i can careless which rout he take because i'm sure whichever path he takes will be a masterpiece. i just hope it comes to PS3 or PSP. ^_^ $ony needs to do whatever it takes to make sure this game comes to PS3 or PSP... preferably exclusive, but i'm content as long as i can play it on PS3. ^_^ played every Metal Gear game... i just hope i can continue to do so with this installment. =/

DylanJ_is_short
DylanJ_is_short

DUDE!! I dont't think Snake's story is done... I am a big Metal Gear player and fan It really would be great.... snake story was an ending one... but their is always room for a new beginning ......... hopefully with snake but whatever Hideo Kojima comes up with I am sure it will be amazing!!! He is a genius...

hyksiu
hyksiu

Well since Mgs 4 was such a success i think Mgs 5 is inevitable. They are just going to make Kojima to do the game.

newbie4lyfe
newbie4lyfe

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newbie4lyfe
newbie4lyfe

... its going to be raiden's (ninja) adventure after the events of mgs4 or liquids (absorb abilities) before the mgs4 events...