Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
is now pretty much done, ready to come out in Japan in the next few days and only undergoing translation work for its June American launch. And with the videogame for the PlayStation Portable touted by its creator Hideo Kojima as being MGS 5, it's interesting to speculate about what the well-known creator might actually do for his next project.
On his Twitter feed he said “The project plan still hasn't reached a detailed level, but everything is advancing simultaneously in my head. Title, game design, story, characters, setting research, the mech that appear, casting, graphic direction, sound, beginning and ending, the major story sequences. It comes together naturally in my head”.
In another Twitter post Kojima
said “The next project will challenge a certain type of taboo. If I mess up, I'll probably have to leave the industry. However, I don't want to pass by avoiding that. I turn 47 this year. It's been 24 years since I started making games. Today, I got an ally who would happily support me in that risk. Although it's just one person. For a start, it's good”.
Konami has also mentioned that Kojima will be part of the team which reboots Castlevania with the upcoming Lords of Shadow, a game which is also expected to arrive in 2010, but it's unlikely that the developer was talking about it as his next project, considering his limited involvement.
Recent reports mentioned that Kojima is interested in resurrecting Zone of the Enders, a PlayStation 2 based series which has gained some popularity. The mention of “mechs” in the Twitter messages can be linked with Zone of the Enders, but it's not clear what taboo might be touched upon through a new mecha based third person action title. Let's hope that Kojima offers more details soon.