Kojima Looks Forward To Connected Games, Starting With MGSV: Ground Zeroes

By Sato . February 18, 2014 . 3:00pm

Metal Gear Solid series director Hideo Kojima recently talked about how next-generation consoles will be of help to Metal Gear Solid V. Following that, during a PlayStation 4 Creator’s Interview, Kojima shared his thoughts on device connectivity and his hopes to see communication expand in the future of games.



Kojima starts out by talking about what Ground Zeroes is to Metal Gear Solid V, as a prologue to the main game that will be about 200 times larger.


“I think a game’s best charm lies within its interactivity, so each time a player does something, I believe it’s best met with various reactions,” says Kojima. “This time, we’re making a game with dynamic developments, where players will be able to think for themselves and execute their own strategies, which will in turn yield its own results in accordance with how they play.”


“It’s not about playing [the game] once and then finishing it, but instead, one mission might have various routes, so being able to have fun with it over and over, is another one of the things we’d like to offer with Metal Gear Solid V.”


“During the game, Snake will have a handset called ‘iDROID’ (above) and you’ll be able to bring it up on your own tablet or smartphone while playing the game,” says Kojima.


He goes on to explain that using the device the normal way with just your screen, could cause you to be attacked if sighted by enemies, as the game does not pause when you use the iDROID. However, by using a mobile device, you have the option to put the iDROID on a secondary screen, while you focus on the main screen yourself.


Additionally, you’ll also be able to use your acquired cassette tapes to listen to music or retrieve information to prepare yourself, even while you’re not playing the game itself.


One of the biggest parts of having an open-world game, according to Kojima, is about being able to “connect with others”. Since the game won’t be played in a linear fashion, you could have 100 players, which means 100 different ways of how players complete tasks, which he hopes will put the PlayStation 4’s Share feature to good use.


Kojima’s greatest wish for now is to see players play the new Metal Gear Solid with its free-roaming open world, and share their techniques and knowledge with fans from around the world.


“Video game consoles are usually found in the living room, and for the longest time, their world has been contained within that area,” says Kojima. “From now on, they’ll be jumping out of there. It’s almost as if consoles will be connecting to many other things, or making their way out of the house.”


“By using these functions, I believe that we’ll be able to make games with completely different feelings to them, or even a completely new game altogether. Even for our ‘core’ games, they can now have methods of communication. I think that’s their most exciting aspect, and I also believe that it will only grow from this point on.”


Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will be available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on March 18th in North America and March 20th in Europe.

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  • Zer0faith

    Great game director and still looks great for a guy that’s 50.


    • God


    • Shinobikens

      Kojima and Hirohiko Araki must both be immortal because neither of them age

    • fairysun

      It’s not the real Kojima. It’s a clone of Kojima. Somewhere in the world, you will find the other 2 clones of Kojima(one of them is probably a president in certain country).

  • konsama

    All that sounds really gimmicky, but im really interested in how it will work out in the end.

    We might have a whole new layer of story telling here that can be exploited in the near future.

  • I was going to complain about these gimmicks, but I’ve learned a lot of the crap in new games is optional. I’m not going to use the Share function. I’m not gonna use that thing on my smartphone. I can wait for the GZ+TPP double pack when it’s on sale for ~$30 down the line instead of buying this glorified demo at $40 and TPP for $60 and enjoy it as I would any other single player only game. I’ll beat it from start to finish and then move on without touching any of those external or social elements.

    • Terraforce77

      Looks like you’ll be waiting until 2020 before you play either game.

      • I got a huge backlog. I can wait. Not to mention this is KojiPro, not Square-Enix.

        • Terraforce77

          I was referring to the “price drop” you expect. It took MGS4 about 4~5 years before it went to around 20 bucks and that’s just one game alone. It’s asinine to think Kojima will lower the price (of both combined) to $30 in even two or three years, especially considering this is next-gen.

          You must have one hell of a backlog if it will last you 6 years. If you really have that many games, you can easily trade in one or two to GameStop and get GZ for free.

          • theBridgeburner

            That’s a lie and then some! When I bought my PS3 in the late summer of ’09, I picked up MGS4 for $20 brand-spanking-new. Still had the shrinkwrap.

          • Luckily Kojima isn’t in charge of price. Retailers drop prices all the time. Is got nothing to do with what he wants. They also rerelease MGS games all the time. It’s asinine to think there won’t be a GZ x TPP bundle down the line.

          • Terraforce77

            For one, I know Kojima doesn’t dictate price drop. Secondly, I never said there will not be a bundle, but it’s even more asinine to expect that bundle to come out AND drop price within even 3 or 4 years from now. This is TWO next gen games we’re talking about here, and it’s not even coming out for at least another year.

  • KoRLumen

    > iDROID

    I see what you did there….. Heh.

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