In an interview with EGM, Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima said that he hopes his legacy extends beyond the franchise.
“I'll admit that I hope my future endeavors are thought of as 'works by Hideo Kojima' rather than 'from the creator of Metal Gear,” said Kojima. “I haven't really shown the world what else I might be capable of yet. This may sound pretentious, but I don't like being thought of as 'the Metal Gear guy.' There's a lot more I can do.”
Despite that hope, Kojima said that there are benefits to working on the franchise he's constantly tied to.
“I've always said that I want to work on original properties, but Metal Gear offers plenty of benefits. The Fox Engine, for example, took a lot of time and money [to create]; we were only able to develop it because it was intended for the next Metal Gear. In the next game, I'm introducing concepts intended for entirely new intellectual properties using the Metal Gear brand,” said Kojima.
The next Metal Gear is expected to be Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes.