As if it needed to be said, Hideo Kojima is one of the most revered game designers in the history of the industry. Although the respected creator of the highly-esteemed Metal Gear series had a falling out with his long-time employer – Kojima and Konami split a while back – he remained diligent in the production of his final installment in the stealth-action franchise with the forthcoming Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.
Yesterday, even though he doesn’t look a day over 30, Kojima-san commemorated his birthday as he turned 52. Interestingly enough, a lot of critics’ assessments of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain coincided with the developer’s celebration, which probably boosted Kojima’s spirits all the more, for many of the reviews were overwhelmingly positive.
The outpouring of love and support from fans and pundits alike undoubtedly put a smile on Kojima’s face. In fact, the Metal Gear Solid mastermind took to Twitter to thank everyone for well-wishes, as he promised to “keep creating” for the duration of his days on Earth.
Thanks everyone, I turned 52 and will keep creating in rest of my life.— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) August 24, 2015
Although Kojima didn’t specify exactly what kinds of enterprises he’ll delve into in the future, it’s safe to assume that whatever he puts his mind to will be unlike most anything we’ve ever seen. Surely the P.T. demo he put together with famed director Guillermo del Toro is an indication of his desire to tread into the murky depths of horror. And since their Silent Hills project was cancelled by Konami, it would be wonderful to see Kojima rejuvenate the genre, not only to thumb his nose at his former employer, but also because there has truly been a dearth of solid titles in recent years for the category, save for perhaps the newly released Until Dawn.
At any rate, Hideo Kojima published the official launch trailer for Metal Gear Solid 5 today, and it’s obvious the creator has a deep affinity for the series, as the footage he edited both nods to the franchise’s past and celebrates its future with the reveal of the new Metal Gear Sahelanthropus. Fans are definitely excited to get their hands on a copy of The Phantom Pain, and there’s no doubt they’ll be satisfied when they do. So, thankfully for us, Kojima has vowed to stick around and continue delivering quality works of art.
Now that Hideo Kojima is finished with Metal Gear Solid, what do you think he has in store for fans next? With his recent collaboration with Guillermo del Toro on their Silent Hills project being axed by Konami, is it possible he’ll move on to a title rooted in horror? Or do you think he’ll take his artistry to another medium, like say, film?
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is set to release next Tuesday, on September 1, 2015 for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.