Kojima notes ‘pressure’ to create a new Metal Gear

Hideo Kojima and Metal Gear Solid have become synonymous with one another. To be fair, you can’t really blame us for fusing the two entities together when he puts his name and face into the game at any given opportunity, but nevertheless, Kojima is feeling the sting of becoming so well known for his creation, as he tells Develop magazine about the pressure to produce sequels.

“Yeah, there’s absolutely pressure there,” he confesses. “Maybe if I quit Konami that pressure might be a bit better, but since Konami handles the business side of our operations, yeah, there’s definitely a demand continue a series as successful as Metal Gear.”

Kojima does go on to state that what fans demand of a Metal Gear game might only be possible from his own studio, but he would not rule out the idea of another team tackling the game. He likens his vision of a future games industry to Hollywood, where there is someone who funds and someone who creates, with a “clear distinction” between the two. That’s definitely something we need, especially looking at some of the comments to this article, where people simply assume that Sega is making the new AvP, not publishing it. 

Back on the subject of pressure, I think most hardcore Kojima fans would actually be desperate to see him try something new. I know I’ve been eager to watch him strike out from the MGS series for a while now.

Jim Sterling