He's said it once, he's said it a million times - Hideo Kojima doesn't want to be pigeon holed. Sadly, as the creator of the insanely popular Metal Gear franchise, he's got a bit of a challenge on his hands to pay attention to other projects. But, he's hoping that Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes will lay the foundation for him to try new things.
"I'm often misinterpreted," he told EGM
. "I've always said that I want to work on original properties, but Metal Gear
offers plenty of benefits. The Fox Engine, for example, took a lot of time and money [to create]; we were only able to develop it because it was intended for the next Metal Gear
"In the next game, I'm introducing concepts intended for entirely new intellectual properties using the Metal Gear
brand." Kojima has already put his weight behind action spinoff Metal Gear Rising
, which is being developed by Platinum Games - but assumedly he would like to use the Fox Engine to explore areas beyond the Solid Snake universe.
"I'll admit that I hope my future endeavours are thought of as 'works by Hideo Kojima' rather than 'from the creator of Metal Gear
," Kojima added. "I haven't really shown the world what else I might be capable of yet. This may sound pretentious, but I don't like being thought of as 'the Metal Gear
guy.' There's a lot more I can do."