With the real-world Olympics taking place in London well underway, video game developers seem inspired to sprinkle some Olympic spirit on their own development efforts, with Hideo Kojima, the father of the well-known Metal Gear Solid franchise, comparing the sporting event with the development of his own franchise.
Via Twitter, the legendary developer stated, “When asked what the MGS series is to you, I once responded, ‘It’s like the Olympics.’ A big event held every three or four years.”
He added, “You devote your life to the major goal of a fight on the world stage”, before concluding, “You think of nothing beyond that. The latter half becomes difficult, and you think that you’ll retire after this. But after release, you think about the next tournament.”
Hideo Kojima did not reveal whether the next tournament would be a full-blown Metal Gear Solid 5 or whether the company’s mysterious Project Ogre also has something to offer for fans.
Publisher Konami has already revealed that it would hold an anniversary for the Metal Gear Solid on its 25th birthday on August 30 and, presumably, the occasion will be used to offer more information on the future of the series.
Recently, the Kojima Productions team has been working on a new engine, called Fox
, which is set to power Project Ogre and the next generation of Metal Gear titles.
Metal Gear Solid 5 is rumored to offer a stealth-based gameplay structure and will once again star Solid Snake.
Until then, fans of the game universe will be able to play Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, the Platinum Games title which uses action-based gameplay to bring the adventures of Raiden to life.
The game is currently slated for a February 2013 launch on the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 after a number of delays.