Kojima wants to show people that Japanese high-end games are still worth playing

The next issue of Games TM magazine will contain an interview with Hideo Kojima. The entire interview can be found in the magazine (on sale now), but here are some excerpts published on Games TM’s website.

We’ve seen a phenomenon around the world. Young people are losing interest in high-end games and focusing on mobile and social titles, especially in Japan. I wanted to show people that Japanese high-end games are still worth playing and that big Japanese games still have a future.

I’ll be honest, [splitting MGSV up] wasn’t necessarily a strategic move. The Phantom Pain is roughly 200 times bigger than Ground Zeroes. A game that big wouldn’t be ready for next-gen launch windows, and we didn’t have any Japanese titles that would be available. At that time, the Ground Zeroes portion was almost complete and a lot of fans were asking for a prologue, so that’s the decision we came to. That was the reasoning behind the move.


For more information on this issue (nr 145) of Games TM, go here.

Source: Games TM

  • Golgari

    17-18 days till Ground Zeroes release. I just can’t wait for this game. Let’s watch the best trailer. Yeah. I said it. It is my favourite 😛

    • Schmojima

      awesome trailer indeed! *-*

    • Nyxus

      The Red Band trailer is my favorite.

      • flying_fox

        Same for me, but the GDC trailer is almost equally awesome. 🙂

      • Janeo

        Same here it is like a perfect trailer wonder if this years e3 one can top it. The GDC one is amazing to I still remember the day it came out my internet was really slow the only thing I could see was kaz telling big boss not to die on him then I just sat down for a long time waiting for the video to load

      • Danny (Soundwave)

        The Red Band trailer is indeed a amazing trailer. One of the best trailers ever made.

        • Anonymous X

          It wasn’t bad. The awful music didn’t help. Not one of the best either, that title belongs to the E3 2000 trailer of MGS2.

          • Janeo

            You must be kidding how can you not like the trailer it does everything so well, gives us a look at the gameplay and the open world, shows plenty of returning and new characters, gives us an idea of what the story will be and eventhough it shows enough to satisfy us it leaves us with plenty of questions. It does all the things a trailer is meant to do and does them in the best fashion possible

          • Anonymous X

            What do you mean how can I not? There are things called opinions. I won’t hivemind like the rest of you. Sutherland’s terrible monotone voice, Quiet’s appearance and the awful music all killed the trailer for me. In my opinion it is almost the worst trailer of the game, right behind the VGA trailer.

            The best so far in MY goddamn opinion is the original PAX. GDC trailer was also quite good.

          • Sting’s Dad

            If you genuinely believe the music of the E3 2014 trailer was ‘awful’ then you obviously have no idea at all about what Hideo Kojima is trying to convey with TPP and GZ.

            Each to their own, I guess. But then I’d argue that if you’re disliking Sutherland’s voice, the music of the game and the general direction of it (such as trailers); then why are you still visiting this page?

            Nobody is ‘hiveminding’. Rather, everybody is coming here because they like everything that they’ve seen about the game so far, without the need to nitpick at music choice in a trailer. Hence why the opinions here are similar and differ from yours.

          • Janeo

            Thank you it’s easy to tell who are real metal gear fans here I mean if you don’t like a trailer fine but those reasons are a bit silly

          • Anonymous X

            I assure you, that is the prime definition of hiveminding.

            And just because I don’t like some of the changes, it doesn’t mean I’m not playing the game. I don’t care whatsoever for Kojima’s “vision” either. It’s certainly an empty one if that awful music represents it.

          • Corey Westbrook


          • Nyxus

            To each their own, but I quite like the song. It’s not just made by Kojima by the way, multiple people worked on it, including Akihiro Honda, Ludvig Forssel and Donna Burke. You can find more info about it here: http://www.metalgearinformer.com/?p=8771

  • solidmatt

    Hey Nyxus, are you getting any scans or summaries of the Ground Zeroes articles being released today in the digital editions of Play and GamesTM?

    • Nyxus

      Not that I know of. 😛

  • Theo Heisenberg Constantine

    its starting to sound like phantom pain will be next gen only. im fine with that and its no surprise to me i just hoped i didnt have to spend $400 for one game lol.

    • Janeo

      What makes you think it will be current gen only, there has never been any evidence of this yet people keep saying it will be, it would be silly to make it current gen only they will make a much bigger profit going for four systems and last gen won’t hold the game back either since the phantom pain will come when we are still in pretty early days of the console.

      • Theo Heisenberg Constantine

        well the GI article says its a mystery if it will be on the 360 and ps3 and then kojima saying he wont release PP until more ps4’s are in people’s homes. i mean i think it will end up like ground zeroes and being released on all platforms but we will see.

  • Anonymous X

    Prepare for the influx of MGSV news today https://twitter.com/MitchyD/status/437353395465117696

  • Schmojima

    PC-GAMES Germany posted this just a couple of minutes ago, theres a lot of new footage (narration in german, but still really worth watching:


    • Nyxus

      Yes, I saw it. But thanks for letting me know!

      • Schmojima

        Glad you posted it for everybody! 😀

  • PrinceHeir

    There’s still a lot of high quality JPN games, mostly from Namco, Koei Tecmo and eve Sega(in Japan)

    Konami is sure lucky they managed to get Kojima back then, if not Konami would be stuck at the pachinko parlor right next to SNK.

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