You have to appreciate Hideo Kojima's insights. The guy has been around for quite a long while, ya know.
And in a new interview with OPM UK , the master talks about the current state of the gaming industry, and why Japan might not be in a position to compete. Said Kojima:
"It’s much more competitive now: if you look at triple-A titles on a worldwide scale there’s maybe only ten really big games that can get gamers’ attention, and I’m not sure how Japan can compete on that level."
Kojima says it's all about consumer demand and for now, gamers are "happy with what they have."
"First-person shooters sell like crazy, so there’s not really a strong demand for anything else, and that’s why [original ideas] stop being made. People are satisfied with making minor upgrades and tweaking things here and there – as long as that’s the landscape, it will keep on happening. I don’t see a problem necessarily, but at the same time it is nice to see new things come."
If there's one guy that can bring us in a new direction, it's Kojima. Of course, we have to assume the hardcore Metal Gear Solid fans want a recognizable MGS5 but at the same time, many want him to try something new. Perhaps his new "Ogre Project" will be innovative and revolutionary; if it turns out that way, we won't be surprised in the slightest.
Feel free to read the rest of the interview. It's always worthwhile when Kojima is involved.