Hideo Kojima himself, the latest trailer debuted today at E3 2015 during the YouTube Live at E3 show. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Unfortunately, it’s been
mentioned that this will be the last Metal Gear Solid trailer at E3 for Kojima. So if you’re hoping for more MGS zaniness, it’s going to come from someone else. You can read up on what the staff thinks of all the Kojima-Konami drama in the gallery below.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain releases on September 1 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC.
Don’t forget to check back regularly within the day for more E3 2015 viditseos, announcements and reveals here at PlayStation LifeStyle.
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Now Loading…Kojima Leaving Konami, and the State of the Metal Gear Franchise
Well, color me shocked. Hideo always mentioned how the most recent
Metal Gear game will be his last, but I never thought it'd end like this.
While Konami is more than a gaming company in Japan, one has to wonder if the publisher has any game -- or anyone -- left that can hit millions in sales. And what on earth were they smoking when they let this happen? We don't know the specifics, but it's hard to side with Konami when they've been riding Kojima's ass for this long.
While I don't know what Kojima has planned post
MGSV, I do know that if he ever wants to work anywhere, he'll be able to do it. He's Hideo fucking Kojima! I wouldn't be surprised if Sony, Microsoft or other companies are already calling him now.
Some might hate how Kojima makes games, but not me. I'm a big
Metal Gear fan, and I consider Kojima (and his team) a genius. Oh, well. At this frees him up to finally create the game he really wants, no?
Well, with the confirmation that Konami is hiring for a new
Metal Gear game/series, so I think this had to do with disputes between how Kojima wanted Metal Gear to go and what Konami wanted from it.
As their currently most successful series of titles, Konami will absolutely continue to make
Metal Gear games, but will they retain the same charm they once had, or will they take the sinking plunge into becoming a methodical, corporate bullshit franchise? Kojima gave Metal Gear a lot of heart and personality. I'm not sure if anyone else can bring it to that same level.
It's still too early to say what may have led to Kojima's departure, but the first thing that comes to my mind is
Silent Hills. I think I'm just as impatient as others are in wanting to know more on that front.
That said, Kojima would be a great asset to any team he joins, if he goes down that route. I really hope Sony finds a way to get him on board. Losing him to business deals or rival companies could mean bad news. But like I said, it's too early to say. Here's hoping for the best!
I don't think it is impossible for a new developer to take the reins for
MGS and create something as equally interesting or entertaining. But, my biggest concern regarding Kojima's departure is what Konami is going to do with the franchise.
With so many established franchises hitting annual releases, I could see that they would want to shorten the time between releases and monetize on the IP more. Hopefully this won't be the case, but what ever happens, we will at least have
The Phantom Pain.
Metal Gear Solid and Silent Hill will undoubtedly continue with new entries from Konami post-Kojima. There is enough history behind both franchises for someone other than Kojima to preserve what fans love about the series while adding their own twist.
As for Kojima's next move, I feel like the indie market is the perfect fit. His weird, unique personality is hindered by massive AAA releases. He would be better utilized on smaller, original titles with shorter development cycles. Just imagine if more of his crazy ideas could be seen in motion. That's a world I want to live in.
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The situation with Kojima and Konami is unfortunate but I honestly don't blame the guy. He doesn't want to be stuck as the
Metal Gear guy forever and Konami likely denied him the freedom he deserved. Hopefully KojiPro goes completely independent or is able to get bought up by someone who will treat them with respect to create what they want to, and not the same franchise over and over.
One has to wonder if Kojima-san's unhappiness (or whatever you want to call it) with Konami dates back to
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. There's a game that started out playing somewhat like a Metal Gear game, but Kojima didn't like the direction it was headed and left the development process. Anyone that has played the game all the way through knows exactly where he stepped away and where someone else stepped in.
That begs the question: Can anyone else create a true
Metal Gear game that isn't named Hideo Kojima?
@T3mpr1x Metal Gear Solid is likely here to stay. There's many more stories that can be told in that universe. You can only stick with one creative venture for so long. I think this may be Kojima's way of branching out. A terrifyingly awesome idea just occurred to me: imagine if he joined The Last Guardian's team? I already know the answer: we'd never see the game.
Perhaps Kojima will take some of his personal fortune, found a new independent company, and start an entirely new franchise that we all fall in love with all over again. That'd be best, I think.