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.