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Kojima: 2009 Will Be A Year Of Change, "We Start From Zero"

Earlier, we brought you the story regarding Kojima Productions' plans for 2009, which apparently includes two brand new projects. Then, we hear about the possibility of one of those projects being more "Western-oriented" in design, and now, Hideo Kojima clarifies that position by saying his studio is going to "start from zero" in 2009.

According to what he told Famitsu, Kojima wants to compete on a global scale from here on out, and they're "currently reviewing everything - from the team structure to tools and our staff - in order to make Kojima Productions a team that can challenge foreign creators and software houses." Although Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots sold very well and was a legitimate phenomenon in the video game industry, it still wasn't quite as successful as something like Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto IV. We'll never doubt Kojima's ability and drive, so we don't think of this as "selling out;" we merely see the team moving in a slightly different direction in order to appeal to a wider audience. Said Kojima:

"I've come to understand that the way we've made games up until now won't translate globally, and I've come to think that I need to make Kojima Productions a team that can compete alongside the rest of the world. I've thought a lot about how Western games have been winning, looking it from a global perspective, and there are things that I've noticed. So 2009 will be a year of change, a year where we start from zero again."

This is a common refrain from Japanese developers these days, as it becomes clearer that Western studios are beginning to dominate the industry in terms of popularity and, in some cases, quality. We figure that if Kojima wants to lead the charge into more mainstream appeal, we're okay with that. He can do no wrong, as far as we're concerned.

1/5/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (58 posts)

Arvis
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 12:51:53 PM
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Well now, I guess 360 owners will be able to enjoy Kojima's next great game.

-Arvis

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wasim
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 1:16:16 PM

does x360 sell anywhere except US.

In US it sells because it is cheap

In 2009 X360 is completely finished. KZ2 /GOW3/UNCHARTED 2 will make x360 look so backdated

Plus why would Kojima downgrade games for x360 ?

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bearbobby
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 2:45:01 PM

Me thinks it has less to do with hardware compatability than with cultural compatability.

No doubt about it there are some people in the US, UK, AU, or anywhere outside of Japan that just don't GET the Japanese style of storytelling. The pacing, dialogue, content, characters and their choices are sometimes so left of the norm (read: familiar to viewer) that folks might not understand the story or worse, be totally turned off by the experience.

I'm all for Kojima and friends to strive for a more mainstream product, but at the same time it would be quite a shame if, by trying to appease what they consider to be the mainstream, they dumb down the game too much.

Fingers crossed that won't be the case. We don't need video games going the way of mainstream tv.

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KING313
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 1:14:13 PM
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You may be right. Off topic, why can't I post in the forums at all? Anyone?

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 2:14:14 PM

You know that the forums have a seperate log in right? Sign up for the forums, and you should be good to go. If that's not the problem post again explaining more. I'll try to help.

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jerocarson
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 1:21:04 PM
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OBAMA'S CHANGE is affecting everwhere. even gaming.
CHANGE is coming, and it's coming to the gaming industry!
cheers.

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SarahPalinMILF
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 2:24:15 PM

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Troy Powers
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 2:37:08 PM

Monkey?
I don't mind you being racist. Just do it somewhere else.

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bearbobby
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 2:47:55 PM

Seriously, is there an Admin in the house? There's a bit of trash that needs to be taken out.

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coverton341
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 2:56:33 PM

Yeah that comment was a little over the top, well no way over the top and in my opinion worthy of an IP ban but that is just me being an angry white man with no patience for the ignorance that makes us all look like a$$holes at times.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 3:06:18 PM

WOAH...one more crack like that, SarahPalinMILF, and you're gone for good. I'm not a fan of Obama myself but THAT kind of comment won't be tolerated.

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eLLeJuss
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 5:51:32 PM

lol. his name says it all.

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FLYING_APE
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 7:26:15 PM

OBAMA IS A MONKEY ? i thought he was human...

bush is a retarted cowboy and sarah palin is a cun*. Shows you how dumb america is that bush and palin made/nearly made it to the white house. GOD F**K AMERICA the world hates you! freedom of speech ben

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Scarecrow
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 8:34:09 PM

I still don't understand why that user isn't banned yet

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somethingrandom
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 10:39:03 PM

I must say I despise with every part of my being any and all people with socialist beliefs (includes most people in US congress).

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noshownogo
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 1:21:32 PM
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The gaming world will be patiently waiting on Kojima's next product. This no fanboy can deny...

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jerocarson
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 1:29:56 PM
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OBAMA'S CHANGE is affecting everwhere. even gaming.
CHANGE is coming, and it's coming to the gaming industry!
cheers.

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Aftab
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 1:41:27 PM
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"We start from zero". That's a line taken straight from the epilogue of MGS4, isn't it?

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MetalHead09
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 2:54:39 PM

dude i was gonna bring that up if someone else didnt. he is taking a lesson from his own game. wasnt it something like, in order for things to change then it all has to go back to zero? basically what big boss said right? again i think thats awsome, im having a geek moment so forgive me lol.

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Aftab
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 3:14:54 PM

lol, I'm right there, with you!

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MetalHead09
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 7:44:50 PM

lol

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jerocarson
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 1:44:18 PM
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"I've come to understand that the way we've made games up until now won't translate globally, and I've come to think that I need to make Kojima Productions a team that can compete alongside the rest of the world."
................................................

Hideo kojima is really a perfectionist, there is no room for error.
what if he decides to create a game that will diminish GTA, i mean a GTA killer.
hmmmm, what else can i say, all eyes on.
everyone's watching closely, expectations are really high.
i know he can't afford to disappoint.
but we'd hope one of them stays exclusive to the PS3!
cheers!

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Zorigo
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 1:53:59 PM
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no MGS4 didn't do aswell as GTA4, it was better.

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SarahPalinMILF
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 2:25:06 PM

How wrong you are on so many levels is astounding...

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StrategicGnomer
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 2:33:20 PM

Please explain all these levels where he's wrong. I do agree that GTA4 was a good game but in very many ways MGS4 was much better. Attention to detail was astounding. Graphics were much better, story line blows most games out of the water and the list goes on. No, it didn't sell as many but it certainly was a better game overall.

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MetalHead09
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 2:56:12 PM

how right you are zor.

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chaosrunner
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 2:57:08 PM

Better is the wrong word to use in a subjective discussion unless you're including 'to me,' in which case you're just stating an opinion and I won't fault you for that.

There are certainly things about MGS4 that you can objectively state are better; for instance, I think you'd need to be blind to think that GTA4 was graphically superior. But graphics alone do not make for a better overall game.

The fact of the matter is that GTA4 sold better than MGS4. It appears to have appealed to a broader audience, although much of that could be because it's a better known franchise. But the question of which game is the best is a matter of personal taste. For me, Valkyria Chronicles is superior to both of them because I enjoy the style of game more. But that certainly doesn't give me the authority to state that it's a better game overall for everyone.

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somethingrandom
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 10:40:55 PM

How is he wrong in having an opinion?

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SubjectiveTruth
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 @ 7:26:52 PM

Ok so there is this thing I'm starting to notice more and more. On these forums and such you must learn a new dialect to avoid being persecuted by other users. Can't we just assume that he means it was better in his opinion? Do you really think that he meant to say: "I think MGS4 is the better game and that means it is the better game and anybody who thinks GTA is better is an idiot." I think it would be better if we could express our opinions without having to speak like we are in a court room. I understand this form of speech quiets down the fanboys because it avoids the whole "Who are you to say its better!" argument but I don't think that the majority of users on this site are so ignorant as to think their opinion is the only one that matters.
What I'm saying is I don't think you had to jump on him just because of how he worded his statement. If you think GTA is better then you guys can argue you opinions in the end but will just end up being a matter of what kind of game you like.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 2:28:01 PM
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I understand his ambition to take over the world, but mass appeal can be a double edged sword (unlike the one I'm holding) I just hope things don't have to get watered down for 360 functionality.

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Deleted User
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 2:38:49 PM
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This is good business.

I cant wait to sample his work. Iv heard nothing but good things about his games.

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MetalHead09
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 2:57:40 PM

dude no lie, buying a playstation for his game alone is totally worth it. you are missing out on some of the greatest games ever created.

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Arvis
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 3:14:53 PM

Yeah, you know you could "sample his work" RIGHT NOW if you really wanted to...

-Arvis

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Cuetes
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 6:35:43 PM

Dude get a PS3 (the real black beauty), and sample it all day.

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SubjectiveTruth
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 @ 7:30:52 PM

Maybe he can't afford a PS3(No offense intended, I would have a 360 if I could)

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Sir Shak
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 3:28:36 PM
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i don't think he would allow his games to be watered down . plus mgs4 sold more than 5.5 million , pretty good for an exclusive and relatively better than other games available on three platforms .

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Qubex
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 11:27:59 PM

Shak_44; in the end he will succombe to what ever is necessary to survive and makes business sense!

Q!

"i aM HoMe"

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Vivi_Gamer
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 5:02:59 PM
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well its obvious the zero quote is a paly on MGS4's epilouge, am i assuming by this we could have the next hideo game by the end of 2009? i'd like that, im curious to see what else he can do, in my opinion the MG Saga is over, you can ploy spin offs but it just wont work.

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karneli lll
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 5:26:19 PM
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Another Japanese developer is converted.Goodbye complex storylines, hello cheesy plots and short gameplay.

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MetalHead09
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 7:47:50 PM

kojima wont water his stuff down that bad. i could imagine him making that complex and thrilling story but with gameplay that more westerners are familiar with like a fps or something yuh know?

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ps92117
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 8:12:38 PM
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haha as longs as it is exclusive is fine by me

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 @ 5:33:14 PM

This comment is a monument to everything that is wrong with gamers. If you don't like awesome games because they aren't exclusive you should get a new hobby. May I suggest crocheting?

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King James
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 @ 9:55:42 PM

well said

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Buckeyestar
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 10:09:49 PM
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"Start from zero" . . . hmmm, maybe Metal Gear Solid Zero with the Boss as the main character. :D

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King James
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 @ 9:56:52 PM

U mean MGS3?

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isaya85
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 10:34:39 PM
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Well I do believe he is using PS3 as lead platform so I think its safe to say we wont have a shoddy game


PSN ID Biggest_GMoney

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BeezleDrop
Monday, January 05, 2009 @ 11:56:26 PM
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The Japanese have nothing to worry about, they know how to make consoles and games.

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Wage SLAVES
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 @ 12:05:14 AM
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As long as he continues to pour his heart and soul into his games Im for it. As far as multi-plat he deserves the reward. I'd love to see what ripe minds can create. Just NO holding back Kojima!!!

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Qubex
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 @ 7:29:09 AM

How ripe Wage SLAVES?

Q!

"i aM hOMe"

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Wage SLAVES
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 @ 7:35:33 AM

Well he hasn't spoiled! I was there rocking MGS1...for ps though not the Nintendo release :(

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raidtimedope
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 @ 10:41:45 AM
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i was just reading thru this when i read all the things people are saying about GTA IV and MGS4

to be absolutely honest, MGS4 is a great game, solid game, qualitywise and everything

BUT

its like 90 percent cut scenes and 10 percent gameplay, thats something i dont like i dont wanna watch a movie i wanna play a game for crying out loud, i literally used to skip thru most of the cutscenes to get into gameplay when and after 5 minutes ended up with another lonnnnnng cutscene.

GTA IV has much more fun value, much much much much more solid gameplay, solid story etc etc, and u can spend countless hours on GTA IV.

and speaking of graphics a game on a scale of GTA IV, the graphics in my opinion are beautiful, the facial animations of the GTA IV characters are much better than MGS4's blank looking faces, the only face in MGS4 which had any emotions or animations was Snake him self.

to wrap it up, only if MGS4 had lesser cutscenes i wouldve kept my MGS4 CD with me instead of trading it for another game.


PS: just stating my honest opinion thats all.
:)

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Banky A
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 12:32:38 AM

Yeah there's you and people like me who love to see everything a quality game has to offer xD

I just can't count the hours I tried restarting missions in other games to see different voices or outcomes eh?


:P

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shaydey77
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 @ 5:00:49 PM
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Whatever Kojima does will be great. Although i think he will find it extremely tough starting from absolute zero again...actually scratch that..he will find it challenging and probably fun!!

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orangpelupa
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 @ 9:40:25 PM
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hmm, start from zero.

maybe kojma will make game title "Zero" >_<

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TheBand1t
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 @ 11:31:59 PM
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MGS4 was kind of a turn off to be honest. I loved MGS3 a helluva lot better.

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 12:25:41 AM
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I think it's awesome that Kojima might finally get himself out of the shadow of the Metal Gear series I'm interested to see what that psychotic perfectionist can do with a different kind of game.

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tanner1
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 5:34:10 PM
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If MGS4 was multiplat it would have wiped the floor with gta4 in terms of sales but lets b honest it was only do - able on 1 machine

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raidtimedope
Thursday, January 08, 2009 @ 9:32:03 AM
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@tanner1

if GTA IV was a PS3 Exclusive it would have sold almost just as much as it sold being multiplat, believe me it would have been the highest exclusive hardware selling game off all time

think about it

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