After seeing the excellent trailer for Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes during last year’s PAX, it seemed pretty obvious Hideo Kojima was hoping the game would break some new ground in terms of both storytelling and graphical presentation. From what he said during a recent press event in London, it seems some of the new ground Kojima’s preparing to break story wise might be too dark for mainstream audiences.
How dark? We’re not quite sure but Kojima feels the content could be dark enough to prevent the game’s release apparently.
He told those attending the round table event, he’s spent the last 25 years trying to elevate the Metal Gear franchise to a level that’s on par with books and film by introducing more mature themes but it was a level the series unable to reach. Although he believes Ground Zeroes will be the game to take it there but at a cost.
“Honestly I'm going to be targeting a lot of taboos, a lot of mature themes that really are quite risky. I'm not even sure if I'm going to be able to release the game, and even if I did release the game then maybe it wouldn't sell because it's too much."
Kojima would go on to say that despite his fears of being unable to release the game, he will continue to push the its development along because he believes this is a risk worth taking.
I must say I respect the man for sticking to his convictions, even if it means the game won’t make it to store shelves. It’ll be interesting to learn more about Ground Zeroes’ plot as its development rolls on from this point forward. Here's hoping everything works out Kojima and his staff.
Damn! Now I’m curious as to just how far this game is willing to go to prove its point. Maybe we’ll learn more soon?