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Kojima wants to be more than “the Metal Gear guy”

Hideo Kojima hopes his legacy extends beyond Metal Gear

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.

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Latest comments (8)

Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.4 years ago
Too late.

You don't work on something for 14 years straight and not get labeled as "that" guy.
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.4 years ago
I'm not condescending his body of work, especially not Metal Gear. I'm merely noting the difficulty in having created and handled an IP for 14 years (with very little other notable work in that time period) and trying to become labeled anything but "that" guy.

He'd literally have to recreate that success with another IP for his label to reach beyond Metal Gear.

Look at Shigeru Miyamoto. Certainly he is known for creating Mario but he's also easily known for far more than that because he has other IPs of high popularity. Kojima doesn't have another staple of IPs under his belt that come anywhere near the popularity of Metal Gear. Until he does, he's the Metal Gear guy...like it or not.
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Meelad Sadat [a]list daily editorial director, Ayzenberg Group4 years ago
george lucas tried to be more than the 'star wars' guy in the 90's
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 4 years ago
Everybody hates to be "that' guy.
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Until Kojima comes out with a new IP that is not a strain of MGS, he is the Metal Gear Kojma
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 4 years ago
Well, come on now... Kojima has had his hands in a few outside projects that weren't Metal Gear: Boktai and its sequel, the Zone of the Enders games, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, SNATCHER, Policenauts and maybe a few other things (of course, you'd have to have played all of those games, right?). Granted many of the hardcore MGS fans seem to want is MORE of the same thing (and Kojima keeps baffling them by doing stuff differently when they expect him to do the same game over and over again), so i can see the man wanting to get away.

I can see him burning out on old Snake and company (if he hasn't by now), as there's only so far you can go before you run out of things to say. I'd love to see him experiment with a new IP or do something nuts like make a movie. Hell, perhaps he and Ridley Scott can do that Blade Runner follow-up (which would be hilarious, given that Kojima mined the original for SNATCHER)
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Joe Winkler trained retail salesman, Expert4 years ago
David Hayter made it. He managed to be not only "the guy who is the voice of snake". And Kojima, like Greg already said is a bit tired of his own franchise. I imagine him trying to find (more) ideas that would ruin Metal Gear. I enjoyed playing "sons of the patriots" but hated it aswell. His stories drifted from a nearly "realistic" third game (MGS) to a sien0cefiction/ alloverthetop action movie. Maybe on purpase maybe not. He achived great, not matter what but I cannot take the (Metal Gear-) hype anymore.
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Adam Campbell Producer, Hopster4 years ago
Well, to be honest virtually all his time and publicity is spent pushing the Metal Gear series.

~AC
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