Metal Gear Solid Existence Spotted
Although Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots was a true-blue masterpiece, the hardcore fans have realized for quite a while that Solid Snake's story is over. Konami and Kojima Productions have made this much clear in the past, but there will most certainly be another Metal Gear Solid. Could it "exist" in a pre-conception period already?
According to Siliconera, the title shown in the picture here has been entered in the Japanese Trademark database. It's Metal Gear Solid Existence, and it's "made to be used with video games," so the news should be relatively clear. At this point in time, we have absolutely no information on any such project, but the first guys that always tend to know about this stuff are the trademark/copyright people. No matter where you are, this step must be completed at some point early on, correct? Now, because Konami registered the title, it's clear they plan on being involved with Existence, even though Hideo Kojima has said MGS4 was to be his last game in the series. So either we will have a whole new team handle MGS, or Kojima simply meant he's done with Solid Snake, and not with the franchise as a whole. The master creator has said in recent interviews he wants to do something different, but he has time for that; whatever this new game is, it's certainly a long ways off.
Anyway, let the debate and speculation begin. What is Metal Gear Solid Existence? Does it in any way relate to previous entries in the series, even if Solid Snake isn't included? Who might the main character be? Ah, so many questions...so little info. But it's definitely something to look forward to, right?
9/19/2008 Ben Dutka