Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima has said core and social games will merge with each other.
Speaking to CVG, the game developer said a variety of social game elements could even have an inclusion within future Metal Gear Solid installments:
I don’t think social and core games are separate, both will evolve together, and at some point I feel the social side of things will converge with the core games. I think in the future maybe Metal Gear will change in certain ways to integrate social aspects. If you look at other games on the market now you can see it’s already happening, so Metal Gear may at some point get involved.
It’s using social to integrate different core groups, so you have the core audience but then, via social methods, hardcore gamers can interact with less hardcore players.
Although he couldn’t discuss it in detail, Kojima said he currently has “lots of ideas on how social aspects can make Metal Gear more fun”. The goal is to not have “social or core”, but rather merge the best of both the aforementioned aspects.