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.
Do you agree? Leave your thoughts on Kojima’s possible announcement in the comments below!
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wickemic, MGS4 is literally the only game in the series (besides PO and spin-offs) to still be Sony exclusive. The series started on the MSX BTW, and Metal Gear Solid was Sony exclusive for two years until it was ported to the PC. MGS2 jumped to the PC and Xbox pretty quickly as well.
The series has never been Sony exclusive.
I get the point this post is making, but it just doesn't seem right. Kojima Productions just did 4 mgs games in a row, by all rights, Konami can't force them to do another just because they need it right now! Otherwise, Kojima has a hell of a lot less pull in the company than logic seems to dictate.
Konami is probably gonna settle for Rising right now, and Kojima's new IP Project Ogre will not be getting a metal gear moniker. It's new Ip time people!
Well, whatever the game turns out to be, I can tell you it will be strange.
Maybe he is making the new Contra game. There was a teaser for it at E3 last year but it was only 50 or so seconds long. There has been no news about it since the trailer last year.
I would love a ZOE3 but not as much as MGS5 i want that thing in my hands now!
on another note Kojima should really start thinking of a new franchise, sure with MGRising they have a secured spin off for metal gear in the coming years but he needs to make a new franchise or bring back one of his old ones like snatchers or policenauts (or...boktai)and start from there, as much as i love mgs, the franchise probably only has 2 more games left, at most not, counting other possible spin offs like metal gear liquid and what not, maybe even a remake from the original mg games.
My point is Konami and Kojima can't depend on metal gear forever.
It will be called Leave Me Alone, and the main character will be called Hideo Kojima.
Hope it's Zone of the Enders 3
I think that Revengeance will do well. Critically based on Platinum being awesome, and sales-wise based on the name recognition. It won't, however, come close to filling the role of a mainline MGS for Konami.
With that being said, I do agree that MGS 5 is inevitable and even a possible announcement at E3. MGS 4 was fantastic, imo, and I think a follow up will take the approach that Snake Eater took after the insane and bombastic story of Sons of Liberty. Something smaller and more character-driven.
4 was still relatively early in the cycle, though it was still a technical marvel at the time backed up with some of the tightest gameplay of the series. So I'm really looking forward to what a new Metal Gear will improve on.
I can't wait for a new MGS game...
It won't be MGS. You'll see.
Metal gear is one of those series' that i never got around to playing through, i did play 2:substance on ps2, and maybe a couple of hours of the original ps1 game, but the story went over my head. Awesome games though, i wish i had played them when they were new, i missed out xD
please not another metal gear... i am a big fan of the metal gear solid series, but if you have played metal gear solid 4, you know that this is over. he needs to do something new, or else, he will always be "the metal gear guy"
ZOE 3 or MGS 5 ..
knowing Konami, it could even be BOTH !??
I'm still pissed how Twin Snake never made its HD debut -
the saga that started it all
Please let it be MGS5 and not another cheap Raiden game. . .
I do not think they should do a direct sequel as metal gear solid 4 perfectly capped the series. I want to see more naked snake i liked him significantly better than solid snake anyways because he was completly human.
As much as I'd really like a new ZoE, and I think Snatcher 2 is loong overdue, I just can't say no to Metal Gear Solid 5
I have just played MGS 1 and MGS 3, and I have already played through MGS2 and MGS4. I am about to play through MGS Peace Walker on the HD collection. I really cannot wait for Metal Gear Rising: Revengence. It looks so stylish and Bayonetta was wonderful. I think it would be very healthy for sony to have a MGS title close to the launch Lineup of their next generation console.. which should come out in the next year or two. I hope they don't pull a PS3 and announce the system 3 to 4 years ahead of time.. Makes some people's excitment die down when all they get to do is speculate for years. COUGH-- PERSONA 5