When last did you see a Metal Gear Solid game release on any other system before it released on PlayStation? Never. In fact the last major game, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns Of The Patriots was released exclusively on PS3 just after the console launched, and many predicted it would see a release on Xbox 360 because Konami wouldn’t let that “multiplatform money’ slip. That never happened.
Here’s what I believe. For some reason, Kojima loves PlayStation, and maybe it has to do with Sony being a JP company and all, but it could also mean he simply doesn’t like Microsoft. Some years ago, when asked if MGS would ever come to the Xbox, Kojima said: “Not if I have anything to say about it.” It could also mean he knows where the Metal Gear Solid fanbase really is.
The MGS franchise has thrived on PlayStation platforms, making Konami over $1 billion. Metal Gear Solid 4 sold nearly 6 million units in lifetime sales, and believe it or not, the game still stands as one of this generation’s best even after being on the market for 5 years. Not only that, but it was a system-seller for Sony, with over 200,000 PS3s being sold in a matter of weeks as a result of the MGS4/PS3 bundle.
Will Sony press Konami and Kojima Productions to make Metal Gear Solid 5 a PS4 exclusive? Of course they will. I believe they already have. They’d be fools not to do so; even if it included the exchange of some cash. PS4 needs Metal Gear Solid 5.
Meanwhile, Metal Gear Rising is being released sometime next year, we hear, and will be available on Xbox 360 and PS3. Maybe that’s the Metal Gear game Kojima doesn’t mind being multiplatform, a spinoff, not the original thing. It’s no wonder development was passed to Platinum Games and the word ‘Solid’ was taken out of the title. Maybe, just maybe, Kojima’s knee-deep into Metal Gear Solid 5 development, and if he is, expect it to be a PS4 exclusive.