Will We Ever Let Kojima Spread His Creative Wings?
I'm sure all the hardcore Metal Gear Solid fans will hate me for saying this, but I think it's important. We shouldn't pigeonhole a genius, should we? Does someone like Hideo Kojima deserve to be typecast?
Sure, we got Zone of the Enders but for the most part, he's all about Metal Gear Solid, and the fans fully expect him and his team to deliver continuous sequels. Let's face it; nobody wants MGS to go anywhere. And while Kojima has hinted at his secret "Project Ogre" project, I sort of get the feeling that he's struggling...he would hate to disappoint his fans, but I mean, when you're talking about the death of Snake, you're looking for an out.
He has said numerous times in the past that he desperately wants to get away from MGS and try something new. But his games aren't made overnight. They take time because he's a renowned perfectionist. And did you happen to notice his quote, that eventually, he'd "have" to make an MGS4 sequel? "Have to?" I'm sorry, based on everything I've seen from him over the past year or so, it seems painfully obvious that the master is tired of his beloved MGS franchise.
And you know, visionaries like this guy must feel penned in by the fans. Sure, they want him to experiment but I think they want a new MGS more; I think they'll always want the new MGS more. Something new is just plain tricky; it's unknown, unproven. When we see "Metal Gear Solid," we get excited for very specific reasons. But what if we're sort of demanding that Kojima cater to our taste for familiarity? What if he feels a little like a prisoner; i.e., make this or watch your fans rebel...?
I'd be very interested to see the reaction if Kojima stood up and said: "I'm working on an all-new project and putting Metal Gear Solid to bed. At least for now." I'm just worried people would totally flip out...and I think he's worried about that, too.
11/22/2011 9:09:30 PM Ben Dutka