Yes, Hideo Kojima wants to try something new. He has wanted to try something new for a while, in fact.
But he remains dedicated to his baby: Metal Gear Solid . In fact, in speaking at USC this week, the master said he would love to see the legendary franchise continue after he dies. "I will always want to still make them," Kojima said.
But at the same time, should we typecast this visionary video game maker? Should he be restricted from making fresh endeavors? Of course he should be allowed to branch out, but Kojima admits that whenever he tries to hand off a MGS installment to other people at the studio, it never goes quite right.
"But as a creator, of course, I want to do something new, and I don’t want to be limited to Metal Gear forever, right? So of course I have tried in the past. I’ve tried to hand Metal Gear off to other people within the studio and I’ve tried to raise people up so they have the ability to take over. And I think since Metal Gear Solid 3 I’ve tried this and actually did hand it off and have other people come up with the story and come up with the game design. But for some reason it just never really works out. And, you know, I end up having to step in again to take charge and kind of fix things here and there and just get sucked back in unfortunately."
Boy, can't you just picture that? The perfectionist who puts his faith in some talented guys, but he just can't let them do everything they want…the call of MGS is just too strong for Kojima, and we can understand that. Still, we'd love to see something entirely new from this guy.