Metal Gear Solid V Last in ‘Solid’ Series

More information from IGN’s upcoming story about Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain continues to leak out, first revealing the game’s release date and now game director Hideo Kojima claiming that the game will be the final game in the “Solid” series.

“I always say this will be my last Metal Gear, but the games in the series that I’ve personally produced – Metal [Gear] on MSX, Metal Gear 2, Metal Gear Solid 1, 2, 3, 4 and Peace Walker – and now Metal Gear Solid 5 constitute a single Metal Gear saga,” Kojima said. […] “With Metal Gear Solid 5 I’m finally closing the loop on that saga. In that sense, this will be the final Metal Gear Solid. To me, this is the last Metal Gear.”

It’s not the first time Kojima has declared himself done with the series; he has a history of intending to pass along the franchise to the rest of his development company, Kojima Productions, but always end up coming back to direct just one more game. This time, however, Kojima appears more realistic, simply claiming that this will be the last “Solid” game in the franchise, that the story there will have concluded, and that his work on the series is over.

Given that his new project is Silent Hills, the latest game in the Silent Hill survival horror franchise, which had an extremely well received debut with P.T., a free slice of the game that went viral, it’s not hard to imagine that Kojima is serious this time.

As well, he also spoke further about Snake being an extension of the player.”

“As much as possible, Snake will act based on the player rather than doing things like making spontaneous comments or flirting with women,” he said. “In fact. [sic] this time, Snake won’t really speak much at all. MGS5 is an open world game focused on giving freedom to the player who will drive Snake’s action. Snake himself will be more of a silent protagonist similar to Mad Max in Mad Max 2. It’s the characters around him who will expand the story.”

It’s an interesting move given how verbose past games in the series have been, but it lines up with what we saw last year in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, so it’s not unbelievable.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be released September 1 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.

Source: Gamer Center Online