There was never any doubt that Konami and Kojima Productions would sooner or later turn their collective game development efforts towards the creation of a new entry to the Metal Gear Solid franchise – ‘confirmations’ of the game don’t mean all that much at this point.
What’s interesting is that series creator and steward Hideo Kojima has begun to talk about the project in real, feasible terms and in an interview with French gaming outlet IG Magazine, the legendary developer divulged a scrap or two of information.
Via Google Translate, here’s what Kojima had to say to IG Magazine:
“There will be a Metal Gear Solid 5 with the new FOX Engine, but what we’ve shown was not gameplay, or anything like that. It was only a demo that we had developed internally and released because the lighting and interactions with the environment had fooled everyone.”
“About Metal Gear Solid 5, I can tell you two things,” Kojima continued. “There will be much question of infiltration, espionage, and convincing people to give you “a favor” like in the last Metal Gear Solid. I liked the idea of social interactions in Deus Ex: Human Revolution, but we will see.
“And if I say more, the female ninja public relations officer, who is behind the door, will carve me up into pieces,” Kojima joked. “So it’s better that we meet again when the time comes to talk about Metal Gear Solid 5.”
Kojima also spoke briefly about the upcoming Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and the outcry by fans over how decidedly ‘un-Metal Gear Solid’ the action game appears to be, saying:
“Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance never claimed to be a Metal Gear Solid. This is not a game about our beloved Solid Snake. It is a spinoff that tries something different. We have not yet finished with Solid Snake, despite the fact that I wanted to let him die at the end of Guns of the Patriots.”
Not finished with Solid Snake? Even after Metal Gear Solid 4? What role could Snake play in the upcoming Metal Gear Solid 5? When can we expect Kojima’s next full MGS sequel to appear?
Your speculation is as good as ours, but it would be wonderful to see more about the game at Tokyo Game Show this year.