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Future Rivalry: Kojima's New Franchise vs. Metal Gear Solid

Come on, we all know it's inevitable.

Hideo Kojima is gone from Konami and he was forced to leave behind the IP rights for Metal Gear Solid with his former publisher.

Two things are of obvious importance here: First, while it seems clear that Konami is shifting their overall focus to embrace smaller, mobile entities, they've also confirmed that they plan to produce more games in the MGS franchise. Second, after Kojima and Sony announced their partnership, we heard a bit more about the new project at Kojima Productions.

There's nothing too specific right now, of course, but in speaking to IGN, the master gave us some vague clues about the kind of game he wants to create:

"I want to create something that's what people expect, but at the same time will have something new that people haven't seen before...

We've been working on a franchise that is beloved and has recognizable characters. One of my big goals is, visually, with whatever characters we create, to go beyond that, to be more recognizable, more beloved. That's definitely one of the goals I have when it comes to the art side."

In other words, this will be no small project and Kojima clearly wants to make something that has a similar impact on the industry. It may be nothing like MGS from a thematic or gameplay perspective but it will undoubtedly be hugely ambitious, and let's not forget it'll also be a PlayStation exclusive. So, in the future, the clash is: Whatever MGS game Konami makes for multiple platforms vs. Kojima's new series for PS4 (or maybe PS5). The comparisons will be flying once we've seen a little of both, and I'm guessing a lot of people won't think much of any MGS without Kojima.

It'll be very interesting to see, that's for sure.

Tags: hideo kojima, kojima productions, metal gear solid games

12/16/2015 9:25:11 PM Ben Dutka

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SuMtOnE
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 @ 9:47:46 PM
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I wonder if he can pick up the rights and make that Silent Hill Game they release the demo for.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 @ 10:52:05 PM

Doubtful. It seems Konami really doesn't like him. They had their lawyers bar him from accepting the awards for MGSV at the game awards.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 @ 11:17:59 PM

What aHoles. He could always just make the game he wanted to without the Silent Hill name attached since nothing ever came of it. He could even call Guillermo Del Toro and tell him papa's got a brand new bag.

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Shauneepeak
Thursday, December 17, 2015 @ 2:10:24 AM

If no one has seen this this is beautiful a HUGE thumbs up to Keighley.
According to the Gametrailers.com staff long before this went down Keighley has always been close friends with Kojima so it was really cool of him to stick by his friend instead of maintaining a professional image, he has worked closely with Konami on dozens of occasions.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4VAzkK_Wmc

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MRSUCCESS
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 @ 10:06:36 PM
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Whatever he makes won't ever compare to MGS and I'm sure he would agree. MGS is his biggest accomplishment and holds the biggest place in his heart.

Sony has Kojima and Naughty Dog by their side... What a combination.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 @ 10:33:43 PM

Who knows. It could top MGS given he's free to do what he wants now. No more Konami jerks looking over his shoulder.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 @ 11:17:02 PM

It'll top the new MGS I bet.

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Godslim
Thursday, December 17, 2015 @ 7:47:44 AM

I dunno man look at naughty dog and the uncharted games then boom last of us!

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Jawknee
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 @ 10:32:52 PM
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Lol Konami used Metal Gear Rising as an example of going forward with Metal Gear without Kojima. Not to say it's a bad game. I picked it up on the cheap and fully intend to play it but that's not the best example to instill confidence in long time fans of the franchise.

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Oxvial
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 @ 11:13:25 PM

They really said that? lol, only thing Rising had in common with MGS was cool bosses and Codec conversations (BTW I missed those things a LOT in Phantom Pain), Rising it's a nice spinoff to have when Kojima was busy with the real MGS but I just can't take it as ''going forward'' without Kojima.

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Bio
Thursday, December 17, 2015 @ 7:48:12 AM

Metal Gear Rising is dope, I love that game. I doubt Konami wants to contract out to Platinum every time they want to make a game that doesn't suck, though.

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Jawknee
Thursday, December 17, 2015 @ 11:01:06 AM

I'm sure it's a fun action game but it's not confidence building to point to an over the top action game made by Platinum as proof Konami had hand the a strealth franchise like MGS without Kojima.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 @ 11:16:09 PM
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Imagine how bad MGS is gonna get now.

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Godslim
Thursday, December 17, 2015 @ 7:48:23 AM

My fear too, here comes the milk train!

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shaytoon
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 @ 11:20:26 PM
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it all really depends what type of game he makes.
if he ends up making some sort of dance dance revolution spin off, you really think thats gonna compare to mgs? lol yeah i know, wild differences but hey we should leave mgs for what it is and look forward to his next project.

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Jalex
Thursday, December 17, 2015 @ 12:38:19 AM
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I've actually enjoyed all of Kojima's non-'Metal Gear' games (really loved 'Policenauts'), so I find it difficult to believe that a Kojima-less, Konami-approved 'Metal Gear' is going to be on the same level. As a longtime fan of the franchise, I'll likely pick up anything with the 'Metal Gear' name on it (as I always have, Kojima-directed or not), but considering the way Konami has treated its creator, I'm certainly less inclined than I've ever been.

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slow and smart
Thursday, December 17, 2015 @ 5:26:29 AM
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He should make a horror game with Del Torro, it will be great.
Change the name of the game[konami has the rights of Silent Hill] and everything will be allright.
I would be so happy to get a true survival horror game,because there are not many AND with the quality of Kojima it would be fantastic.

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slow and smart
Thursday, December 17, 2015 @ 6:05:39 AM

Hmm,i just found this in an interview[eurogamer]:

"The Metal Gear creator said he'd still like to collaborate with Guillermo del Toro on something since their Silent Hills project was cancelled."

But also this in the same interview:


"Shinkawa["mgs artist"] said he'd be overseeing art on the new project, including "characters, concepts for the backgrounds, [and] concepts for the mechs." So we know it will include mechs. That's something."


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Snaaaake
Thursday, December 17, 2015 @ 7:11:06 AM
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Just one day after his contract expired and he already started a new partnership.
Was he already in negotiation while still under contract?
If so, can Konami sue him or Sony?

As for Kojima's new game, I'm having mixed feelings here, a bittersweet taste.
The sweet part being that his new game is gonna be free from the clutches of Konami.
The bitter part is that we might have to wait till 2019 or 2020 cause knowing Kojima, his game would take 3 or 4 years at least.

But one thing bothers me, if he's teaming up with Sony, how can his new game be available to PC?
Wouldn't Sony want a really exclusive title instead of just console-exclusive?

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TrueAssassin86x
Thursday, December 17, 2015 @ 7:33:05 AM

Snake have you forgotten most of sony Ps4 "exclusives" are going to PC anymore. Besides Uncharted 4 name a exclusive that Isn't going to PC or on Vita. Seems like sony is going like the xbox 360 this generation.

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Bio
Thursday, December 17, 2015 @ 8:57:02 AM

Sony simply could have bought console publishing rights and timed exclusivity, and KP will partner with someone else for the PC release.

Of course, we here at PSXE are totally against this manipulative, money grabbing move, right?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, December 17, 2015 @ 10:47:23 AM

They are? Are Until Dawn, Detroit, Horizon Zero Dawn, The Order 1886, and Last Guardian going to PC?

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Jawknee
Thursday, December 17, 2015 @ 10:55:43 AM

"Snake have you forgotten most of sony Ps4 "exclusives" are going to PC anymore. Besides Uncharted 4 name a exclusive that Isn't going to PC or on Vita. Seems like sony is going like the xbox 360 this generation."

Dumb. The only games seeing a PS4/PC release are games from developers independent of Sony. Any game released by any number of Sony's in house developers will stay Sony platform exclusive.

You want one exclusive that isn't releasing on PC? Here's a few, Ratchet and Clank, Ni No Kuni, Gravity Rush, Horizon, The Last Guardian...and those are the ones we know about. Two of those are even from non Sony owned studios. Also why separate Vita games? If it's exclusive to Vita it's still a Sony exclusive.


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Hexen
Thursday, December 17, 2015 @ 12:01:30 PM

Everything I name is Sony exclusive and everything will come out for PS4:

Persona 5,Star Ocean 5,Denkei Buno,Megadimension Neptunia,Yakuza 6,Blade Arcus,Nitroplus Blasterz,Exist Archive,Project Diva Arcade and X,Wild,Attack on Titan,Dreams,Gal Gun 2,Grand Turismo Sport,Inferno Climber,King Of Fithers XIV,Danganropa V3,Nioh,Samurai Warriors 4,Tales Of Berseria,Toukiden 2,Valkyria:Azure Revolution.

Keep in mind that this is all slated for next year and there's a lot more then this,this is just everything I could pronounce.

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BikerSaint
Thursday, December 17, 2015 @ 1:26:22 PM

I'm sure that Kojima was already doing a huge stealth set-up behind the scenes for his new studio & just waiting for the very last second on his Konami contract to expire to alert the world.

Example: All those Komami employees that jumped ship & joined Kojima's new studio(Just my own 2 cents though).

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johnld
Thursday, December 17, 2015 @ 3:49:33 PM

You do realize that this is hideo kojima right? He's not just some developer, he's one of the best out there and have been around quite a while. A lot of people would have wanted to partner up with him. Its very well known that he had a great working relationship with Sony. Plus with metal gear game, he's very well known to Sony fans. I would be surprised if he didn't announce partnership with anyone after one day. The guy likes making games, he said himself that he'll be part of the creative process until he does... That being said, looks like all that Konami crap really ages his appearance a bit, lol

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, December 17, 2015 @ 6:25:42 PM

Hexen: Yes, we understand that just about all third-party games that are console-exclusive to PS4 will end up on PC.

But first, they don't always launch for PC at the same time, and second, the first-party exclusives tend to matter a LOT more, both in terms of popularity and visibility. Most of what's on your list few people care about (or have even heard about). Plus, you can name Persona 5 and Star Ocean all you like, but JRPG fanatics are almost all console-centric for obvious reasons.

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