There’s been recent hubbub as of late concerning Hideo Kojima’s "reveal" that MGS5 will happen and that he’s working on it. The news itself came from a legit source as Kojima partook in an interview with OPM UK and apparently said as much. Well once again we have a case of Euro game journos being a bit too excited and Kojima kind of trolling us with MGS news.
Most gamers knew that at some point MGS5 would happen; the big question was simply when such a thing would occur. With part of Kojima Productions hard at work on MGS: Rising, that’s unless Platinum Games is developing it in an M Night. Shyamalan style twist, the rest of Kojima Productions is hard at work on the multiplatform FOX Engine and whatever Hideo Kojima’s mystery project is. Many folks out there believed Kojima was secretly developing MGS5 and that it would be the premier game to showcase the FOX Engine but now it appears that such a thing may not be the case.
Speaking to OPM UK Kojima said, “I think we’ll probably have to make it at some point, but what that will be, we have no idea. As far as my involvement in the project is concerned, [it] probably won’t be as much as it was with MGS1 – maybe I can do just one stage! For MGS1 I made the maps myself, laid out the enemy routes myself, did everything hands-on – that level I can’t do again.” So according to none other than Kojima MGS5 isn’t really something he immediately has on his radar let alone is it something he’s planning to actively work on in a very hands-on sort of way.
Now knowing Kojima there are a couple of ways we can look at his comments. There’s the first option which is the truth in that Kojima hasn’t really planned MGS5 and the game isn’t in active development, at least per say that it’s something we could see make a major debut at E3 or TGS next year. Of course there’s the other option in which Kojima could be jerking our chain and he’s indeed overseeing MGS5, which could ultimately be a launch game for a new console or the last hurrah for this current generation. Personally I think Kojima was being honest in his statements concerning MGS5 and that OPM UK just wanted to sell some magazines thus the inflated hype about “omg, MGS5 is happening!”
At this point the only MGS games we can expect 100% in the future are MGS: Snake Eater 3D for the Nintendo 3DS, and Metal Gear Solid: Rising – which despite it’s rumored development problems could turn out to be a rad game which has bosses holding cyborg babies.
I’m a huge Metal Gear fan but I just hope Kojima and his team take their time with MGS5 whenever they fully delve into the project. I wouldn’t be too shocked or saddened if MGS5 was a reboot of the series since such a thing may be needed if only to start fresh and make a proper impression on people instead of having to tie in lore that at this point is considered a joke by some people.
This news concerning MGS5 may have been a bust to a degree, but don’t forget that we’re going to get our first proper look at Metal Gear Solid: Rising next month at the Spike Video Game Awards on December 10, which will be live blogged in a special way on Shogun Gamer.