Typically, when Hideo Kojima speaks, the world listens. But whenever he says it's his "last Metal Gear project," we've learned not to listen.
That's a good thing, of course. We're going to get Metal Gear Solid: Rising for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker for the PSP, and the master shows no signs of stopping. In fact, despite earlier saying that Peace Walker was like "the MGS5 within him," Kojima apparently has several ideas for the MGS that follows Rising . However, he doesn't want the team to use any of 'em, 'cuz if they do, it means Kojima will have to be more directly involved with the project. And we do know he wants to try other things in the future. Said Kojima in a recent 1Up interview :
"I have three concepts for MGS5 already. What would be ideal for me with MGS5, though, is that we don't do those. If the team picks one of those concepts, I have to get involved again, which I don't want to do. There are already so many good ideas from the staff, so if we select one of those, that would be really good. At that point I could really rely on them and take the step back to be the producer, which is the ideal situation, I think."
Kojima went on to say he wants to "create something new," and apparently, he has his idea already in place for this…but it's something that "no one" has seen before, which means it's tough to describe. He did say he's been "warming this up for a long time," so perhaps he just needed the technology to advance to the point where it could embrace his ambitious idea. For our part, we really don't care what it is: if Kojima is doing it, we're playing it. Case closed.