Kojima Working On Two Projects, One More "Western" In Design?
While the entire gaming world sits anxiously in anticipation of Hideo Kojima's next project, we are forced to tell you to double your anticipation...because he's working on not just one, but two new games.
According to a recent Famitsu interview, Kojima has clarified that his team is currently hard at work on two new projects. They're attacking one in much the same way they approached other titles in the past, but the second is being designed by a "restructured Kojima Productions with the overseas market firmly in mind." As noted by 1Up, Kojima has likened Western game development to Hollywood, as the products typically appeal to the entire world. He then revealed in the interview that his team is receiving a "makeover from the ground up," and he does have an ambitious, expansive goal in mind: to construct a studio that can compete with the best from both North America and Europe. As for this new game that is more Western in origin, there have been rumors that Kojima and a few team members have visited certain Western FPS developers, so that may be a clue... It may be difficult to envision a FPS coming from Kojima and Co., but as far as we're concerned, he's proven he can succeed on a variety of different levels. Some may be concerned, but in all honesty, we're not.
As for the other game, everyone is immediately shouting, "Metal Gear 5!" Well, that very well may be the case, but Kojima isn't spilling the beans just yet. But based on this evidence, don't be surprised if Kojima does MG5 as another PS3 exclusive, but also produces a more Western-oriented title that will come to both the PS3 and Xbox 360... Expansion is the name of the game, no?
12/24/2008 Ben Dutka