The lights are on
The fact that Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima is working a new game is no secret. The big question is: What game is he working on? This year’s E3 could hold the answer.
All speculation aside, the first concrete details about Kojima’s latest project cam last year when the developer revealed that his studio is working on a new engine. In that pre-E3 presentation, he said that the new technology, called the Fox Engine, would be used in an upcoming, unannounced game.
We’ve had a couple other looks at the Fox Engine since, but Kojima still hasn’t said anything about the game it is being created for. Fans have been guessing ever since the Fox Engine was unveiled. Fans have guessed almost everything: another Snatcher, a Metal Gear reboot, or a completely new IP. E3 2012 provides the perfect opportunity to finally clear up the speculation and reveal the mystery game. But what will it be?
As much as we’d like to say that the next game from Kojima will be something brand new (or Zone of the Enders 3), Konami isn’t in a position to gamble with the next title from Kojima Productions. With the spotty titles the publisher has released in the last year (including NeverDead and the latest Silent Hill) and the uncertainty surrounding Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Konami’s next big game needs to be a hit. The only way that’s happening is if it’s Metal Gear Solid 5.
We basically know it's in development. Even Kojima has said MGS 5 is inevitable. Unproven names and cult franchises won’t pay Konami's bills, but a mainline Metal Gear title developed by Kojima himself would rally the franchise’s fans. Of course, unlike Metal Gear Solid 4, the new installment would have to go multiplatform like Rising and the recent HD Collection in order to tap into as wide an audience as possible.
Over the years, Kojima has stated several times that he wishes to step away from the Metal Gear series. However, Konami can’t afford to have its premier development house tied up for years working a project that isn’t successful. Not that Metal Gear Solid 5’s success is guaranteed, but the relative strength of the brand compared to Konami’s other properties practically makes the announcement a new MGS a necessity – the sooner, the better.
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