Kojima Reveals Ideas For Metal Gear Solid 5

Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima is a man of many ideas.

Many of us would be willing to pay good money in order to find out what thoughts are buzzing around in the man’s head.


Thankfully intrusive brain surgery is no longer required to do so, as the legend himself has let slip a few ideas he’s had for a possible Metal Gear Solid 5.

“Metal Gear Solid 4 wrapped up in 2008, and the dev team took post-project time off right after that.

“But, of course, we were in a situation where we had to start planning for MGS5. So I started coming up with several ideas.

“I had several ideas for a game featuring The Boss and the Cobra Unit during the invasion of Normandy. I then handed these plans over to the team so they could take over and make the game.

“I presented my ideas to the team during the summer of 2008. However, simply dropping MGS5 on the younger staff members was a bit heavy and there was resistance to doing it without my involvement.”

Interestingly, Kojima goes on to say Metal Gear Rising came about because of the studio’s unwillingness to work on Metal Gear Solid 5 without his direct involvement.

Rising was a “side story that the team felt more comfortable working with.”

Also here’s a nice video with details about Rising:

Source: CVG



  1. Interesting, but seeing as Granin and Sokolov started the designs for Metal Gear in 1964/MGS3, I don’t see how there could be a Metal Gear before that. Would like to hear more about it though.

    • Could be a rival, earlier, Metal Gear design?

      • That was essentially Sokolov’s Shagohod though, wasn’t it? Seems like it would be a bit of a recycled story.

      • Yes it was. Hush my mouth.

    • Surely Big Boss must have been a teenager during WW II, no?

      • I think he’d have been about 15, yeah. The Boss was about 20 at the height of WWII.

      • Oh yeah, it says “The Boss” right there, and still I was thinking of BB. My bad :D

  2. Interesting to see that Kojimas team dont feel confident about running with his ideas without his direct involvement. Not sure if this shows a high level of respect for what Kojima can do for a game or a fear of ruining a franchise that Kojima has spent such a large portion of his life building up to what it is today.

    • How on Earth is that different to each other?

  3. Glad to see they actually are kicking ideas around. I’m sure anything they do will be excellent.

    What they should do is set the game 50 years after MGS4 and start a new storyline with a new clone of the Boss.

    • We won’t even recognize it as planet Earth 50 years onwards in the MGS universe. :)

  4. So comfortable they gave up completely and it moved to a different studio.

  5. Great video. I totally agree with the final lines: back in the days “Made in Japan” was a sign of the best console games out there.
    I really want that attitude to come back and kick Activision asses…

    • Yeah i don’t understand why Japanese devs have started making their games in “western” style they should keep their own style. When i buy a Japanese game i want it to be a Japanese style like they used to be. Can anybody understand what i’m trying to say there lol

      • I get where your coming from. I wouldn’t say I’m a die-hard fan of all Japanese style games, but some, like the Metal Gear series are distinct and that’s what made them great, to change them would be a real dis-service to the series.

  6. Metal Gear finished for me with MGS4, the culmination of years of work finally realised on the PS3. Taking us back to where it all begin and re-imagining what Shadow Moses looked like in the mind of Hideo Kojima when he first introduced us to it back on the PS1.

    The spin off just doesn’t look like a MGS game to me and I wont be picking it up. MGS5 would either have to pre-date all existing Metal Gears in terms of storyline for me to take a look. Otherwise Hideo Kojima is going to have to get very creative with his timelines…. MGS4 pushed it as it was!

    • You must be kidding, Peace Walker was superb.

    • Gotta say, I’d be overjoyed with a ‘Solid’ remake pf the two Metal Gear games and a proper HD Metal Gear Solid.

      • Those first two Metal Gear games really look so immature these days, i doubt they actually have any value.

  7. Metal gear solid 5 is s must. So much you can do with its rich timeline. I mean a ps3/ps4 version of the first two hes games for a start….I love MGS.

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