Metal Gear News
Kojima still has limited role behind Rising... for now
November 23, 2011 10:40 am
While some fans got blue balls over the lack of confirmation for Metal Gear Solid 5 from the upcoming issue of Official PlayStation Magazine UK (even though there never was a reason to expect one), there still should be a few things to learn when the issue hits shelves next week. They already released this much about Metal Gear Solid: Rising:
“This time I’ve been really hands-off, letting it go on its own with the new team” says Kojima. “It’s not like I’m giving up complete control. It’s that point in the beginning – the core concept, finding that seed. So the concept came from the staff – they got the idea to use Raiden as the main character and to make it into an action game. Even the story: I try not to read it, because if I do then I’ll want to say something and get sucked back in again!”
While we sit and wait for Hideo Kojima to "reveal the truth" about Rising at Spike TV's Video Game Awards on December 10th, fans have been speculating on what the fuck happened to Rising. Shigenobu Matsuyama seems to have been replaced by Kore-P. Seems like Hideo Kojima isn't taking the reigns like some people were speculating though. Kojima's not even getting involved with the story. How involved is Kojima, then?
“Very early on I set boundaries and I gave some feedback. If there’s something I feel crosses a line and goes against everything Metal Gear is, then I’ll say something. But as much as possible I try to preserve the boundary.” So, what’s the latest? “It’s moving forward, but it’s different from Metal Gear up to this point.”
So that leaves us to wonder, what exactly "goes against everything Metal Gear"? Apparently, Rising is already "different from Metal Gear." Kojima even acknowledges that it is an "action game" so that seems acceptably "Metal Gear." This is a really good conversation fans should be having—what would make a game not a "Metal Gear" game, asides from title?
Not having Hideo Kojima involved with the story does not against everything Metal Gear and would not necessarily be a bad thing as I have explained before. Of course, the best option would be to reject the existing canon and to create a story on a blank canvas... as I also explained before. It is entirely possible that Kojima may still jump in and take control if he "accidentally" reads the story and thinks it's shit or whatever, but for now, Rising still receives limited involvement from him. Might be cool.
SOURCE: Official PlayStation Magazine, Mr. Plow
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