Ever since Kojima announced that Ground Zeroes is going to be so taboo that it might not get released, I’ve been racking my brain trying to figure out what kind of scandalous subject matter it could possibly contain.
I’ve come up with some pretty good theories, and I’m going to be sharing them on the the site’s official Twitter account, so follow @meta_gear or search for #groundzeroestaboo if you want to stay up to date with this explosive Metal Gear theory in the making! How many of my guesses will be true? Probably half of them.
Source: I don’t know
I always find this amusing. Kojima has been publicly lamenting his inability to find time to work on the codenamed “Devil Project”, which has also been described as the “taboo” game which has the potential to ruin his whole career if it’s not received well. Apparently he wants to work on it quite badly, but other things keep getting in the way.
This is significant to me for two reasons:
1) It means that he is still passionate about something. Ever since the release of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker it’s been hard to tell what he cares about, and it’s good to see that he is itching to work on something that is not only important to him, but potentially so controversial as well. I haven’t given up on Kojima’s genius, and I believe Peace Walker is an example of that (which will hopefully get more credit once it’s released on consoles). In other words, expect something great from him eventually.
2) It demonstrates how Kojima resents obligations when he’s trying to work on something he cares about. This might seem unremarkable, but in the case of Kojima it helps to reinforce the fact that years of being obligated to work on Metal Gear sequels wore him out and made him miserable, to the point where he just wanted Snake to die. Every time he complains about obligations, I am reminded of that.
Here are the posts:
Had a mtg. in the morning as well as yesterday, and am working on preparing some documents for next week’s biz. trip.¹ Cannot do anything about the “Devil Project” at all.²
Finished an assignment for today from a project, and am now working on preparation for a biz. trip.³ I cannot get back working on the devil project until I finish this. But, since there is so much to do that I cannot finish.¨
Suspiciously similar, so it’s possible that he accidentally repeated himself, or just felt like reminding people. I like to imagine Kojima sitting at his desk and cursing the company he’s in charge of for getting in the way of his top secret masterpiece.
On April 12th of last year I did a news update regarding (what was at that point being called) the “taboo” game. This site doesn’t have links to individual news pieces, but it’s on this archive page.
Since then he hasn’t talked about taboos, but has mentioned a “devil project” several times, leading many to conclude that they are the same game. As you can see from the picture in the archives, the image I originally decided to associate with the “taboo” project is—in fact—a devil!
What does this mean?
It means that Kojima has been reading my site, and after seeing that I made him look like a devil based on his statements, he decided to start calling his taboo project the “devil project”, of course! (Or, if you’re following the new translations of his Twitter feed, the “Ogre” project. But we know that Japanese people translate devil into ogre, so that’s just a tyny mistake!)
Does this also mean that my theory about the taboo/devil project is correct? That the game will be a remake of the original Metal Gear, but feature a ton of retroactive continuity? Which if he handles incorrectly, could force him to “leave the industry”? Probably. For now though, what are the odds of him calling it the devil project soon after I used that devil image? Spooky.
Also, yes, a bunch of new articles and stuff are on the way!