In an interview conducted by Gamespot during the Boot Camp in Nasu (published March 12th), Kojima and Shinkawa talked about MGSV: Ground Zeroes, and their career in general.
At the camp an MSX2 machine was hooked up, running the original Metal Gear game. Kojima tried playing a little bit, and was surprised to find out he still remembered the controls.
“That gave me a lot of confidence, because today I cannot remember people’s names. I was like, ‘Yeah, maybe I can keep doing these things.’ It gave me a lot of confidence.”
Kojima thought back at how he felt when he originally created the game, and those feelings came back to him. “It re-created the passion I had back then, and all of the feelings that I initially had when I started creating games.”
Shinkawa explained that when he looks at his old drawings, he always remembers what he felt like when he was working on it.
“I remember what I was feeling when I created something very specific, and this is fun, honestly. Several times I look back and I know that I couldn’t create something similar again. I like looking at the things that were very specific to that point in my life, that point in time, that I could only create back then, or that I could only create now.”
Kojima also once again emphasized the fact that he doesn’t want to focus on a specific platform, but rather create something everyone can enjoy, that goes beyond the platform. This time, that also means creating for current-gen and next-gen simultaneously. Aside from the visuals, everyone should have the same experience. He did add that once the new generation becomes a standard, this will open up new possibilities.
“That being said, once current-gen isn’t here anymore and the next-gen becomes current-gen, then I believe that we will be able to do more things.”
As far as developing for multiple devices goes, such as smart phones, Kojima also said he would like to create for the PC as well, since this is his original background, when he created MSX2 games for PC.