Hideo Kojima doesn't 'like being thought of as the Metal Gear guy’

Hideo Kojima may be the best-known single-franchise game developer. His 25 years with the Metal Gear series have defined the majority of his career, and while other projects like cult classic adventure game Snatcher, Zone of the Enders, and helping out with Castlevania: Lords of Shadow have met some success, Snake retains a boa-constrictor hold on his portfolio.

"I’m often misinterpreted," Kojima 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 [possibly Ground Zeroes]. In the next game, I'm introducing concepts intended for entirely new intellectual properties using the Metal Gear brand."

Kojima hopes the groundwork his continued work on the Metal Gear series lays down will allow him to aspire further than the world of sneaking missions and secret societies.

"I'll admit that I hope my future endeavors are thought of as 'works by Hideo Kojima' rather than 'from the creator of Metal Gear,'" he said. "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."


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  • Tjwoods18 - November 30, 2012 11:49 a.m.

    Kind of glad that Japanese developers, like Kojima, do not parade themselves around what made them what they are today.
  • BladedFalcon - November 30, 2012 1:07 p.m.

    Good to hear Hideo, so now get cracking to get ZoE3 done! :D In all seriousness though, i love MGS, but I really would preffer it if Kojima tried other new IPs, and just try new ideas.
  • elsnichkum - November 30, 2012 1:29 p.m.

    Doesn't want to be known as the Metal Gear guy!? That's like saying Rowan Atkinson asking not to be known as Mr. Bean, impossible!
  • Redeater - November 30, 2012 3:43 p.m.

    I'll always remember him from his movies. You know...the one where he goes on vacation?
  • winner2 - November 30, 2012 2:16 p.m.

    That's nice to hear from him. But in all honesty I'm really only looking forward to the next mgs from him currently. He worked magic with mgs4 as far as I'm concerned.
  • nintendo365 - November 30, 2012 2:56 p.m.

    Well if he doesnt want to be the "Metal Gear Guy" then don't make the Kojima Productions logo the FoxHound sign. Seriously, make the first move man...
  • onetimebuster - November 30, 2012 3:11 p.m.

    he will also be known for making the mullet work.
  • Edias - November 30, 2012 9:34 p.m.

    He might be that Metal Gear guy but I have a lot of respect for him for that. ZoE wasn't too shabby either.
  • zelta38 - December 1, 2012 12:33 a.m.

    The spammers on this site drive me nuts.
  • zelta38 - December 1, 2012 12:33 a.m.

    I mean the comment spammers, the articles are awesome :)
  • dcobs123 - December 1, 2012 9:10 a.m.

    Agreed. I also find it funny that this happens although it's like the only site with a captcha.
  • dcobs123 - December 1, 2012 9:16 a.m.

    Hideo initially wanted MGS3 to be his last game. As much as I enjoyed MGS4 it probably isn't a great thing to be forcing more Metal Gear games out of him when he's tired of the series.
  • Fisty - December 1, 2012 11:02 a.m.

    I would look forward to him working on other IPs, he's just made of awesome. Interestingly enough, I generally don't remember names of game devs.. Kojima is one of the few I do remember and it's filed in my brain under "that fantastic Japanese developer", not "that Metal Gear guy".. for what it's worth. I totally understand the frustration of feeling type-cast.
  • JimmyCooldaddy - December 1, 2012 3:51 p.m.

    awe. Poor rich metal gear guy. :.(
  • FreezeRay - December 2, 2012 12:53 a.m.

    maybe he should make a game series with a plot that is less like a dishwasher full of cats writing a soap opera script. Seriously, the metal gear series story is absurd.

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