What we have now is a promise that Kojima’s upcoming game will appeal to fans who like Uncharted and The Division. This means it must involve gunfights, 3rd-person camera, storylines and characters, and rather linear gameplay, I would guess. You have to wonder why he wouldn’t compare it to Metal Gear Solid 4, since that’s basically the same genre. Maybe he doesn’t want to give the impression it will involve stealth. He specifically said he wouldn’t call it “open world” and also gave a disclaimer that people won’t think it’s “edgy” at first:
Last, but not least, he also mentioned that when the game will be announced, some will think that it’s not as edgy as they expected, but they will understand once they get to play it.
So we’ll get to enjoy secret edginess?
I’m not surprised Kojima is starting to tease his new game already, since it’s a very low-cost way of building anticipation and staying in the spotlight to say such things during interviews. Honestly, at this point his YouTube channel is producing more content than his game production studio, so fans of his are getting impatient to know what he’s really up to. There are still a million ways that his next game can do something unique within the traditional genre of the “action-adventure” game, so it’s too early to speculate. Those hoping for a “P.T.” or “Silent Hills” type of game will probably be disappointed already, though.
I won’t embed the video here since there is a special page for it over at the SnakeSoup. It’s probably best to go there and see the introduction and follow-up material provided by Ravi Singh. On this page I’ll give my impressions of the video and reply to its arguments.
I’m happy to see that my humble blog has appeared on the list of recommended reading presented by GamesDoneLegit, called “6 Metal Gear Solid Reads That Will Change How You See The World“. Chris Hatala describes the articles, sites and books that had an impact on him. It’s great to see somebody really digging into the intellectual side of the series, as Kojima intended.
I noticed he said he’d like to know more about my upcoming Metal Gear book, and honestly I am so closed to finished that I’m planning to make an update video pretty soon. It may seem like it’s taking a long time, but considering I work full time and the book involves fact-checking and digging up old material, I think I’m making pretty decent progress. How soon is “soon”? Who knows, I don’t have a very open schedule!
“For this, with Sony, we are working on a project that will be a new IP,” he said. “Of course, and I have no idea if it’s going to be a series or not, but I want to make something that will have a big enough impact to become a series.”
He continued: “By impact, I mean from the things that are unique to the game, the characters, and the world. This impact can lead into something outside of games, such as anime, manga, figures; something that is rich enough to expand.”
If my wild prediction is correct, a “space drama mecha survival detective” game would allow this!
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