Official PlayStation Magazine UK‘s in-depth interview with Hideo Kojima was said to touch on every aspect of the famed developer’s career including the past, present, and future. So what better way to hype their sit down than by promising to reveal Kojima’s thoughts on the future of his biggest franchise?
Sadly, that’s not exactly how the interview went down. Apparently, development has yet to begin on Metal Gear Solid 5, but Kojima sounds committed to bringing Solid Snake back someday:
“I think we’ll probably have to make [Metal Gear Solid 5] at some point, but what that will be, we have no idea. As far as my involvement in the project is concerned, [it] probably won’t be as much as it was with MGS1 – maybe I can do just one stage! For MGS1 I made the maps myself, laid out the enemy routes myself, did everything hands-on – that level I can’t do again.”
And as he’s said before, Kojima believes that when development on Metal Gear Solid 5 finally does begin, someone else at Kojima Productions will handle the bulk of the directing duties:
“I intended to take [Metal Gear Solid 4] to a certain point and then hand it off, but that didn’t work, because it’s hard to convey the concept to other people then have them take the reins and carry on and preserve that vision. That’s why it’s easier to have them come up with everything from the start and then take it to the end.”
So there you have it, Metal Gear Solid 5 isn’t in production and Kojima doesn’t even know when development will begin. But it is coming. How’s that for an announcement of an announcement?