Kojima Would Like To Step Away From Metal Gear

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Hideo Kojima has expressed interest in stepping away from the Metal Gear franchise and concentrating on other projects and games. The developer has previously mentioned this desire of his in the past.

In a recent interview with GameInformer, Kojima elaborated on why he has not done this quite yet. He discussed the Alien franchise as an example, talking about how the universe expanded greatly with Ridley Scott passing it down to James Cameron. He said:

At Kojima Productions, if our studio were a kitchen and the head chef changes, then it changes the flavor and it changes. The world franchise usually becomes more open, as in Alien.

To be honest, I’ve actually wanted to do something similar just to change it. I don’t know if the Metal Gear brand sometimes is a bit heavy to carry. The franchise is difficult to handle. But so far I’ve had no success [passing the torch]. Metal Gear Rising [Revengeance], fortunately that was a spin-off so that went well.

deally I would like to step out from the Metal Gear franchise as a producer and dedicate myself to other games. So far that has proven to be a bit difficult. Alien is a very successful example [of a new director coming in]. Unfortunately in our case it’s more like Terminator, that once Cameron steps out of it there was kind of a mess.

Kojima’s upcoming title, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will launch next month for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.