Just last week the Godfather of the stealth genre, Hideo Kojima, announced and confirmed that the Metal Gear saga is not yet complete. Metal Gear Solid 5 is officially in the works and yes Solid Snake will return. No details have been released describing exactly when this newest installment will fit into the franchise timeline but Kojima had this to say:
[quote-symbol symbol5][quote]“I had several ideas for a game featuring The Boss and the Cobra Unit during the invasion of Normandy. I then handed these plans over to the team so they could take over and make the game,” Kojima said. “I presented my ideas to the team during the summer of 2008. However, simply dropping MGS5 on the younger staff members was a bit heavy and there was resistance to doing it without my involvement.”[/quote]
According to Eurogamer, Metal Gear Solid 5 will be an infiltration game that will reflect the character interactions seen in Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Does this mean that the game will feature side quests and non-linear gameplay? As an avid, voracious, and insanely loyal Metal Gear fan, the announcement represents the apex of exhilaration for me. I can’t help but shake a feeling of confusion however.
Hideo Kojima brought an end to Solid Snake’s story in MGS4. Despite the controversy and thunderous pleas from fans across the globe, we witnessed our understated hero grow old, weak, and approach the end of his life. After over 10 installments chronicling the exploits of both Naked and Solid Snake, will another game constructively build upon the existing narrative or will Metal Gear Solid 5 introduce a new, unrelated storyline?
The absence of details to clarify this grand announcement will haunt fans for months. For now, what is your impression of Metal Gear Solid 5? Do you think it’s a smart move on Hideo Kojima’s part to continue the franchise or should Snake’s story come to an end?