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MGS can continue without Kojima and we aren't moving away from triple-A, says Konami


In a recent interview, Konami community manager Graham Day revealed that the company apparently has no plans to move away from triple-A, and they believe Metal Gear Solid can continue without series mastermind Hideo Kojima.

When asked by GameOn if the series could continue without good old Koj, Graham Day replied: "Yeah, [of] course it can. Metal Gear is about the story, it's about the characters."

It seems like a strange thing to point to when talking about Kojima's departure, as the characters and story are so closely tied to his mind. At the same time, I think it could be interesting to see where the series would go with different people penning the story.

Day cites Platinum Games' Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance as an example of the series being pushed forward and taken in another direction by another team.

On the topic of Konami moving away from triple-A to focus on mobile gaming, Day replied: "Don't believe everything you read in the press." So I wouldn't believe that, if I were you. Heh, heh, heh. 

"Things have been taken out of context," he continued. "I'm not going to slate mobile gaming - mobile gaming has a future and that has potential.

"Just because mobile gaming is being embraced doesn't mean everything else has quit. Konami has a history of making the best games around and that is something that will continue - that won't change."

I hope it's true, because Metal Gear Solid V would serve as the perfect template for the series to continue under different people. It's a series that's trasformed with each iteration, but this open-world gameplay loop seems like a natural settling point. 

Would you be up for a Kojima-free Metal Gear? Let us know in the comments.

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Fattox Avatar
2 Years ago

It's OK for them to say they aren't giving up on MGS, but then why the eff did MGS5 have an unfinished storyline (after Kojima being dropped)?

I saw some people saying the game will need to sell way more to recoup the costs of making it, but the numbers i saw made zero sense unless the marketing cost even more than that of Destiny. So i'm not buying that excuse just yet.

By "continuing" the series, the cynic in me thinks they mean DLC, microtransactions and half-finished games/stories (maybe linked to the ol' DLC...).

AnAuldWolf Avatar
2 Years ago

Does this mean we can have more Metal Gear developed by Platinum?? Oh please say it does! Revengeance was my Metal Gear Solid 2 in so, so many ways.

Much like the first MGS, I played it purely for that concoction of dramedy they managed to chemically perfect. It was glorious. I just grinded my way through the action sequences only to get to the next cut scene. Which may be the inverse of why most people play Metal Gear.

If this means more Platinum Metal Gear... I couldn't be happier! Indeed, I'm as happy as a bear in power armour designed for the purpose of harvesting honey! I imagine such a bear would be very happy... and possibly a little confused. Potential game jam idea??

Anyway, I hope that's what this leads to. I'm sorry for Kojima fans and what they've lost, I am. But I know that Kojima will create something new and glorious that they'll love even more. He's Kojima! How could he not? Metal Gear will be overshadowed by this grand, new thing he'll craft.

So this might be a win for everyone, maybe?

Kirk McKeand Avatar
2 Years ago

Big fan of Revengeance myself, but more for the action. It really grew on me to the point of playing it through on every difficulty. Such a rewarding combat system.

1N07 Avatar
2 Years ago

Like I mentioned in a previous article, they could probably remake MGS1 on the FOX engine just fine without Kojima. After all, the story and the characters are already written.

I would buy that.

Flappers Avatar
2 Years ago

Remaking/ Remastering isn't continuing a franchise, it's reviving it.

I would love to see MGS1 ported to the fox engine, but with the lead developer of the fox engine out of the picture, I don't see this happening

1N07 Avatar
2 Years ago

A remake isn't continuing the story, no. I think it is continuing the franchise though. Whether or not that is technically the case or not, it's certainly not "reviving" either.

remastering a game doesn't need to mean they can't continue the story in another game.

I'm sure they have a lot of other people there with the technical know-how to continue developing the FOX engine and games for it. Kojima leaving likely puts a dent in it, but for the most part it's the writing that will suffer. Which is why I think a remaster would be a good idea.

TsunamiWombat Avatar
2 Years ago

Man, this guys full of shiiiitt. That being said, I expect MGS will continue, just not mainstream big budget titles. MGR cost a fraction of a 'traditional' MGS game and was trip A.