It's one of the most esteemed and popular video game franchises of all time, but at the beginning, its creator certainly didn't expect it.
In fact, during a recent Twitch Q&A (as cited by GameSpot ), Hideo Kojima admitted that he had very low expectations for the original Metal Gear Solid . Yes, the same game that became one of the most lauded titles of all time, and is arguably the greatest PS1 title in history (I say it's Final Fantasy VII , but whatever).
Interestingly, the 1998 smash hit came as a pleasant surprise to Kojima:
"Neither me nor anyone else expected Metal Gear Solid to sell at all. So I was fortunate, because I didn't have to think, 'I have to sell this game this much,' so pretty much all I did was put in that game all the things I really like."
Since that fateful time, over 33 million Metal Gear Solid titles have been sold, and we're all anxiously anticipating MGSV, which will launch in two parts: A prologue, dubbed Ground Zeroes , and the full adventure, called The Phantom Pain . The former is due out next week, but the latter may not launch until later in 2015.
As for MGS, it's weird to think Kojima had no confidence in its success. Then again, if you really think about it, there wasn't anything else like that game when it launched. Syphon Filter didn't release until 1999 and really, MGS was in a class all by itself. New things are always tricky, and I'm sure that's why Kojima and Co. didn't expect much.