Although the focus right now is on Hideo Kojima’s most recently revealed title, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, he hasn’t been adverse to talk about future projects either. Obviously it’s Ground Zeroes that will be shipping first — on the PS3 and Xbox 360 — but Kojima is also considering a few future titles as well.
Chief among those would be a Metal Gear Solid franchise entry that features The Boss at its center. Fans of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater will recognize The Boss as the leader of Snake Eater‘s Cobra unit, and one of the central antagonists in the game.
The Boss, like Solid Snake and Naked Snake (Big Boss), has a certain proclivity for stealth-based reconnaissance and combat, making her the perfect fit for a Metal Gear Solid game. This game could very easily be just another entry in Metal Gear Solid franchise, without any concessions made to accommodate a different protagonist’s play style.
“We’ve talked previously about a game featuring The Boss as a main character. This is something I’d really love to make.”
Since The Boss didn’t survive to see the end of Snake Eater it would make sense that this future title — whatever it may be called — would be set some time before the events of that game. Kojima, however, wanted to stress that if Konami were to publish such a game it would be part of the core Metal Gear franchise, and not a spin-off.
Kojima actually revealed that he isn’t a fan of Metal Gear spin-offs, or at least has no interest in tying himself to one. An exception to that rule, however, is Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance — the title Platinum Games adopted from Kojima. If demand for Revengeance is high enough, and the title proves successful, Kojima reveals that he would be interested in helping Platinum out on a sequel.
Kojima had the opportunity to serve as Creative Director on Metal Gear Solid: Rising, but the developer wasn’t able to see a gameplay experience beyond the tech demo they showed at various gaming events. Platinum Games, on the other hand, knew just what to do with the property, and stepped up to the plate (albeit under the watchful eye of Kojima). If there were to be more games in store for this new series, Kojima would like to continue that advisory role, while still letting Platinum Games create their own style of game.
The first Metal Gear Rising game puts Raiden at its center, and uses a more hack-and-slash approach to gameplay, a signature mechanic of Platinum Games titles. Hands-on time with the game has revealed it to be wholly different from a traditional Metal Gear experience, but no less engaging. If that compelling gameplay can keep the title going from beginning to end it stands to reason that we may see a Metal Gear Rising 2. The question is: what comes after revengeance?
Which game are you more excited to see first: a sequel to Revengeance or a Metal Gear starring The Boss?
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance releases February 19, 2013 for the PS3 and Xbox 360.