For a man who has previously been misquoted (and mistranslated), who apparently understands the importance of being careful with what you tell the internet – Kojima is surprisingly candid in his latest interview with gaming site 1Up.com. The interview is mainly focused behind the scenes of Metal Gear Solid 4, but does sway onto the topic of MGS5, and the involvement Kojima would hope to have on the project.
I have three concepts for MGS5 already. What would be ideal for me with MGS5, though, is that we don’t do those. If the team picks one of those concepts, I have to get involved again, which I don’t want to do.
It’s easy to take a comment like that that with a grain of salt, Kojima has been saying similar things since MGS2 – but this time it looks like he has something else to put his effort into.
I want to create something new, and it’s difficult to explain since no one’s seen it before. I don’t know if it would sell very well. I’ve been warming this up for a long time, and I keep thinking that I’ll try this idea. But ideas always change, so I really don’t know what the final outcome will be.
He does spill some more interesting stuff, particularly about his regret of giving his younger staff more responsibility with MGS4, the interview is a good read and I recommend checking it out.