When footage of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance first started coming out, fans of the Metal Gear series were understandably upset and confused. The reins had been handed over to Platinum Games (a studio known for over-the-top action), gone was any hint of stealth whatsoever, and main protagonist Solid Snake was nowhere to be seen.
Recently, however, series creator Hideo Kojima has come out and stated that he was "not yet finished" with Solid Snake, giving hopes to fans everywhere.
Kojima Keeps Snake Alive
Many fans of the Metal Gear games are not fans of the hero of Revengeance, Raiden, to say the least. When he first appeared as a central character in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, pretty much taking the place of Solid Snake, the fans by and large were not pleased.
So to see him come into another very central role in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and not only displace the main character, Solid Snake, but to actually displace the entire genre of the game was heartbreaking for a lot of fans.
Thankfully, Hideo Kojima recently came out and restored the fans' hope, saying, "There will be a Metal Gear Solid 5 with the new FOX engine, but what we've shown was not gameplay, or anything like that. It was only a demo that we had developed internally and released because the lighting and and interactions with the environment had fooled everyone. "
He also added, "About Metal Gear Solid 5 I can tell you two things. There will be much question of infiltration, espionage, and convincing people to give you 'a favor' like in the last Metal Gear Solid.
I liked the idea of social interactions in Deus Ex: Human Revolution, but we will see."
Integrating ideas from Deus Ex: Human Revolution? Sounds like a good idea to me.
He also stated, "Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance never claimed to be Metal Gear Solid. This is not a game about our beloved Solid Snake. It is a spinoff that tries something different. We have not yet finished with Solid Snake, despite the fact that I wanted him to let him die at the end of Guns of the Patriots."
So there you have it. We'll have a Metal Gear Solid 5 and it will have Solid Snake.
Metal Gear on the PS4
For my two cents, I'd like to see the next Metal Gear Solid on the PS4. Why not a launch title for that matter? Metal Gear has long been a flagship title and it would make for a great pairing.
Undoubtedly, next-gen tech would make the FOX engine look that much better. Obviously, it's going to look great if you take into account what we've seen from the FOX engine so far, but on the PlayStation 4 it would be unbelievable.
Whenever the PS4 comes out, it's going to need some strong launch titles and anything Metal Gear would do the trick. Not that Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance won't do well, but Metal Gear Solid 5 will be a blockbuster and it will be another representative that this flagship franchise needs. If it's on the PlayStation 4, Metal Gear Solid 5 might just be perfect.
Article by - Brett Huffman
Insert Date: 07/07/2012
March 29th, 2013 Update -- Ground Zeroes and Phantom Pain Not Announced For PS4 At GDC
At GDC 2013, Hideo Kojima led a panel about the new FOX engine which, while very impressive, wasn't the highlight of his panel: that honor goes to the official reveal of both Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Ground Zeroes will act as a prologue to Phantom Pain, with both games combining to tell an expansive tale in the fifth entry in the Metal Gear Solid universe.
As for the systems these games will be on, Kojima revealed that as of right now both games will launch on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 with no mention of the PlayStation 4. Could Konami be waiting for the official announcement of the next Xbox before announcing next generation versions of these two games? We definitely think so!
We'll keep you updated on any announcements regarding the next chapter of the Metal Gear Solid series so stay tuned to this page.
Article by - Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 3/29/2013
Update -- March 13th, 2013 -- Is This Our First PS4 MGS Game?
As fans of the Metal Gear Solid series know, Hideo Kojima is hard at work on the next chapter of this ground-breaking series: Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes. Not much is known about the game other than it stars Big Boss, it's an open world game and it will be released on the PS3 and Xbox 360.
However, Kojima has hinted that there is a strong chance MGS: Ground Zeroes could see a dual release, similar to Assassin's Creed IV. When asked directly if the game would see a PS4 release, Kojima stated that it is "a secret that I cannot talk about."
Keep in mind he was asked this before the official launch of the PS4, so chances are good that now that the PS4 is unveiled Kojima is free to announce Ground Zeroes for PS4, most likely at E3 2013.