Kojima Talks New Metal Gears

It’s no secret that I like Metal Gear Solid. A lot. So it was with some discomfort that I watched the Metal Gear references slowly reveal themselves over that field knowing that Guns of the Patriots was to have been Kojima’s last title with major involvement. Therefore there was much excitement to be had when I discovered that he would be directing the “true” next game in the series, Peace Walker. But why the change of heart?

Kojima sat down with Japan’s Dengeki: PlayStation to explain exactly that: “At first, I was just going to create the overall guidelines and concepts for the project, and leave it in the hands my excellent staff. I was going to have a hand in the project as a producer, and make titles other than MGS. But, I set the game in the South American country of Costa Rica and created a story with themes about nuclear deterrence and the cold war. It looked as if it might be very confusing to young people, because of generational differences. So, in the end I finally said, ‘I’ll do it.'”

On discussing Metal Gear Solid: Rising, he explained that he would be acting as a more deeply involved producer and that the action in the game would be of a “completely different kind” to anything in the series so far.

Very little gameplay from either was discussed so in true Kojima fashion, virtually nothing was revealed. I anticipate that more will be unveiled in September at the Tokyo Game Show but until then we can enjoy knowing that the cardboard box from the trailer with two Snakes in it is being called “The Love Box” by his team. I’ll let you make your own jokes below.