UPDATE: Soon after this article was published, the Kojima teaser site update with a countdown.
It seems that once you start a good thing, you become addicted to it. Alas, like alcohol, you say to yourself “one more drink” after having a few and then you finish that before you decide “one more”. Then you become an alcoholic.
But a totally different yet similar example would be Hideo Kojima. He’s said since Metal Gear Solid 2 that this MGS game would be his last, as such, the last time this was said was back at E3 2007 when he showed Metal Gear Solid 4. And Metal Gear Solid 4 is quite simply the best game ever made, we think so.
So, after Metal Gear Solid 4, what next for the prodigal son of gaming? Zone of the Enders 3? Nope, it seems that you cant get enough of a good thing, and with Kojima, it seems he’s not ready to give up on Metal Gear Solid yet.
Because he’s making Metal Gear Solid 5, and the evidence proves it.
*beware: a major spoiler awaits you concerning Metal Gear Solid 4 if you have not completed it. So if you havent gone further then Act 4, you risk seeing it at your own risk*
First, lets start off with the most recent evidence which points this out.
- Emails are sent to several gaming websites, including 1UP, which are criptic emails, only known as a KP insider, hinting at “T-3 Days” and a broken URL.
- This broken link then comes online to show a teaser site for Kojima Productions newest project, just as the newest issue of Famitsu has an ad showing a teaser, dating Monday May 18th.
- The meta tags on said site points towards a new MGS game such as “Metal Gear Solid, MGS, NEXT, Hideo Kojima”.
- A new tag, discovered by Split-Screen, is known as “Kumori”. Kumori is known as “cloudy” in a Japanese term, but more importantly, it’s the name of Japanese samuari, Kumori Iga. Remind you of someone?
- The teaser site is then updated, saying “NEXT” on the flash site itself, which all but rules out a Sub version of MGS4.
But for more conclusive evidence, you’d need to go back to March 25th, back at the Game Developer’s Conference, when Kojima himself did a keynote at the show itself. It pretty much showed development history on past Metal Gear games, so nothing right. Well correct, that is until a final slide during the presentation is known as “The Next MGS” comes up.
- In the slide known as “The Next MGS”, the slide has a sillouette of a ninja in it, which looks so much alike Raiden.
- Kojima talks about “The Next MGS”, in which he says he’d like the game to have more of a Western development feel to it rather then Japanese development techniques.
- Kojima then talks at the Apple Store in San Francisco, there to talk about Metal Gear Solid Touch for the iPhone, saying his next game will be shown at E3 after a question is asked from the audience of the new game.
And even then, you still have to go further back itself from GDC to get more evidence, but how far? Thursday June 12th 2008: the worldwide release date of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. Depending on how far in the game you were at the time in the game, at one point in the game, there is something which connects MGS4 to today.
During the start of Act 4, as Snake heads to Shadow Moses, Raiden is somewhat talking about his life story, but brings up .
Raiden: It even rained the day I was born.
Snake: Raiden, you were the lightning in the rain that day…
So, lets put 2 and 2 together here.
- Massive storm clouds in the Famitsu ad, while cloudy in the teaser ad.
- Kumori Iga is a ninja type character in Japanese folklore, like Raiden who pretty much went a similar path, roaming the world to find Sunny from The Patriots.
- Is seen as a sillouette in “The Next MGS” during Kojima’s keynote at GDC 2009.
- The massive reference in Metal Gear Solid 4, between Snake and Raiden.
, the game is without a shadow of a doubt Metal Gear Solid 5, with Raiden as the main character in a prequel to Metal Gear Solid 4, which sees him going all across the world trying to find Sunny from The Patriots.
Either way, we find out tomorrow when the full reveal takes place.
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