Most everyone knows Hideo Kojima is the mastermind behind the famed Metal Gear Solid franchise, but hardcore action fans also know he produced another series and while only the second installment really garnered all the attention, the fans have been hoping for a third ever since…
Zone of the Enders 2 featured some of the most fast-paced and intense action ever seen when it released on the PS2; the quick, responsive, and even mind-blowing mid-air mech combat was proof that Kojima could make just about anything. And the good news? It's not a matter of "if" we're getting another ZoE title; it's a matter of when . Kojima said as much at his blog the other day (as translated by Andriasang ) and it's bound to make those aforementioned fans smile. Kojima says it's a title that "even now, six years later, is extremely well received by the press and users." But unfortunately, due to "errors in setting the release time frame," the game simply didn't meet sales expectations. Kojima accepts all the blame for this as such a mistake does fall on the shoulders of the producer and the ironic part is that ZoE 2 suffered the same fate other games may suffer in 2010.
You know how a lot of publishers pushed their games out of this year and into 2010 to avoid certain massive holiday titles? Well, Kojima did the same thing with ZoE 2, and the same thing happened that's going to happen next year: all those titles that got pushed will all jam up together again in the February and March period, thereby avoiding nothing in the way of competition. And Kojima believes that if he hadn't made that error, Anubis (what the Japanese call ZoE 2) "might have ended up a major Kojima Productions title to follow MGS, still seeing development as a series." And while that might imply we won't ever see it again, Kojima clarifies:
"We'd like to make an Anubis sequel at some point. Also, we feel that if we do it, we'd like to make Anubis succeed this time. I already have a game plan and method for sales in my head. However, we don't know if it will be green lighted. The production lines within Kojima Productions are currently full."
Aw… But :
"I cannot make a promise about time. However, I can promise a sequel."
That's all we need to know. Everyone say "thank you," even if you know you'll have to wait a while.