Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes Might Not Sell Because “It’s Too Risky”

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes Might Not Sell Because “It’s Too Risky”

Metal Gear Solid creator, the legendary Hideo Kojima has said in an interview conducted today that his latest effort, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, might not do well at retail because it’s too risky. Kojima said he’s taking on a lot of taboos in the game, and that’s something that might not sit well with many.

At at round table interview conducted today, Kojima explained his dilemma:

Video games as a medium haven’t matured very much at all in the last 25 years. It’s always about killing aliens and zombies. Not that I don’t like those kinds of games… they are fun, but I think games have a long way to go before they can mature.

Over the past 25 year I have tried to work with the Metal Gear series to introduce more mature themes, but really it hasn’t gotten there yet. Compared to movies and books it still has a long way to go.

That’s precisely what I want to try to tackle with Ground Zeroes. Honestly I’m going to be targeting a lot of taboos, a lot of mature themes that really are quite risky. I’m not even sure if I’m going to be able to release the game, and even if I did release the game then maybe it wouldn’t sell because it’s too much. As a creator I want to take that risk.

I’m approaching the project as a creator and prioritising creativity over sales.

Well I, for one, will buy anything Kojimasan puts out there, and I suspect there are millions more just like me. He need not worry.

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is due a release on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC according to official information provided by Kojima Productions and Konami, however a release date hasn’t been announced.


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  • Alex Mason

    With the next EU PS update giving out MGS 2 and 3 and the possibility of me buying MGS4 a little bit later I think that I will buy this game when the time comes. But if the game comes out on the PS4 I guess I’ll just wait another 2-4 years then. ;)

  • nick

    “I’m approaching the project as a creator and prioritising creativity over sales.”
    * standing ovation!*
    if we had more developers with this attitude the industry would be a MUCH better place!
    dont be silly though dude, this WILL fly off the shelf!
    MGS is the perfect franchise to try to do something a little different, because you already have that immense fanbase who will follow you anywhere!
    if a unknown developer said this i would agree, but this guy, freaking MGS, its impossible for anything he creates to sell poorly!
    he has so many fans that follow him like flies on rotting meat!
    if this sells poorly ill hang up my gaming boots, and banish myself to the deepest darkest depths of hell!

  • Ghost250

    sorry buy i find hard to believe anything hideo kojima makes would not sell well. especially with a rand like MGS. look at MGS4 that game sold more copies on one machine than most games sell on multiple platforms.