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Convergence of film and games is coming, says Kojima

Metal Gear Solid's creator talked to Reuters about his final game in the series and the coming convergence with film

Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima noted that, as games gain a status on par with Hollywood blockbusters, developers are getting more recognition for the art they create.

"When entertainment becomes digital, there can be a great collaboration between games and other kinds of entertainment like movies or even novels," he said in an interview with Reuters.

"All these things might form together to form a coherent medium."

Kojima admitted that he couldn't predict precisely when this will happen.

"But the trend is there, things are happening and I believe that convergence will happen sooner or later."

Kojima acknowledged that the expectation that Metal Gear Solid 4 will help sell PlayStation 3 consoles created pressure for him - but it was not necessarily a bad thing.

"Indeed, there is pressure. There is always pressure. But I'm not talking pressure in a negative way. I can use it to push up the bar for what I'm creating. In that sense there's a positive pressure."

The noted developer, who has indicated that this will be his last Metal Gear Solid title, promised that the upcoming game will wrap up all the stories of the prior games in the series.

"I'm not a genius like George Lucas - I didn't have this story planned out," Kojima said.

"I always tried to finish the story in each game. But by some miracle in MGS4 I was able to resolve the mysteries left behind in past games and resolve the side stories from past games."

While MGS 4 will be Kojima's last title in the series, that doesn't mean it will mark the end of the franchise.

"MGS will always be around. I feel a responsibility to continue this series as long as users demand it. But it doesn't mean I'm going to sit in completely.

"I'll probably take a different role in the next game. Maybe I'll sit in as producer and let the young staff take control of the new series. I really want to go on to new things."

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