Hideo Kojima, the video game developer best known for his work on the Metal Gear franchise, believes that he has much more to offer to players and wants to be known for games other than those linked to the Solid Snake saga.
The developer tells EGM that, “I’m often misinterpreted. I’ve always said that I want to work on original properties, but Metal Gear offers plenty of benefits.”
He cites the new Fox Engine as a tool that could only get the resources necessary for its development by being associated with Metal Gear Solid, but Kojima says that it will use its power to create new game universes.
He adds, “I’ll admit that I hope my future endeavours are thought of as ‘works by Hideo Kojima’ rather than ‘from the creator of Metal Gear. I haven’t really shown the world what else I might be capable of yet. This may sound pretentious, but I don’t like being thought of as ‘the Metal Gear guy.’ There’s a lot more I can do.”
Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is the first project that will use the Fox Engine and the team working on it will use the traditional stealth focused elements of the series.
The biggest change will be the addition of an open-world structure, which will give players more freedom to act and more ways of facing the consequences of their actions.
The game is supposed to be launched during the summer of 2013 and Metal Gear lovers will also be able to get the Platinum Games-created Rising: Revengeance during the first few months of next year.
Hideo Kojima has repeatedly mentioned that he is interested in creating a new game in the Zone of the Elders series, but so far Konami has not made any official announcement about it.