It seems not even extreme old age can kill off Solid Snake, but if any man can come up with a convoluted scheme insane enough to keep the retired solider from an early grave, it’s Hideo Kojima. Ignoring Konami’s three year marketing ploy of getting gamers to believe that Solid Snake’s story had finally coming to a close, Hideo Kojima told IG Magazine that he wasn’t finished with him yet.
“Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance never pretended to be Metal Gear Solid. It’s not a game about our beloved Solid Snake. It’s a spin-off that tries something different. We haven’t seen the last of Solid Snake, despite the fact that I wanted to let him die at the end of Guns of the Patriots.”
It seems Konami’s marketing division wasn’t keen on letting the iconic character perish and be unavailable for future cash grabs, making Metal Gear Solid the latest series to backpedal on “final episode” hype. The nice bow that tied off gaming most convoluted story in Metal Gear Solid 4 is about to be unwound again.
Kojima also confirmed Metal Gear Solid 5 being put into works using his new FOX engine and was really inspired by the most recent Deus Ex’s social interactions. Beyond that, Kojima wasn’t able to elaborate anymore, leaving the gaming world to speculate on the return of Solid Snake.
What will it be? Will Snake’s younger days on the battlefield be revealed in a prequel? Will his rapid aging reverse-forcing him to finish the mission before becoming an infant? Will he be a clone of a clone with intact memories? Will he be stuck in a test tube? Will he fight in the background while we are forced to slog through yet another game with yet another whiny sidekick? Only Kojima and his team know the answers behind this seemingly unnecessary chapter in a story that was already finished. But then again, that’s why I’m not in marketing.
Ready the shark pit, please.
Joey’s Note: Ron approached me about this post before we decided to run it. Directly, he said “…it might be a little to cynical…” and “…let me know if you want it changed…” I didn’t. This is Ron’s opinion, cynical or not. I will say this: I liked Snake’s send-off in MGS4 just fine.