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Metal Gear Solid 5 apparently confirmed by Kojima. And Snake's not allowed to be dead, so he isn't

Hideo Kojima has apparently gone on-record and confirmed that not only is Metal Gear Solid 5 happening, series hero Solid Snake is also still alive and kicking... even though he was supposed to die at the end of MGS4.

Pause for breath. Obviously, this is massive news. But perhaps not surprising considering Platinum Games has been hard at work on Metal Gear Solid Rising: Revengeance, leaving Kojima pretty much free to work on the next numbered instalment in gaming's premiere stealth series. Just think how many cut-scenes he could have made in all that time!

The source is reportedly the July edition of a French Magazine called IG, which does not appear to have been scanned or published on the internet. However, a spokesperson for the mag has responded to our sister site CVG to confirm that the quotes are real. So let's have a look at exactly what Kojima has said, through a translator:

"There will be a Metal Gear Solid 5 with the new FOX Engine

"Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance never claimed to be a Metal Gear Solid. This is not a game about our beloved Solid Snake. It is a spinoff that tries something different. We have not yet finished with Solid Snake, despite the fact that I wanted to let him die at the end of Guns of the Patriots.

"About Metal Gear Solid 5, I can tell you two things. There will be much question of infiltration, espionage, and convincing people to give you 'a favour' like in the last Metal Gear Solid.

"I liked the idea of social interactions in Deus Ex: Human Revolution, but we will see. And if I say more, the female ninja public relations officer, who is behind the door, I will be carved up into pieces. So it's better that we meet again when the time comes to talk about Metal Gear Solid 5."

So it looks like Konami diverted the gun muzzle from Snake's mouth to a few centimetres past his cheek. You're too valuable, son. Still, the FOX Engine, eh? That's the new engine that's supposedly going to run Kojima's games on the next generation of consoles, render see-through underwear and also make multi-platform games easier to produce than ever before.

So... MGS5 on PS4 and Xbox 720, starring Solid Snake? We didn't really need this article to have a guess at that, but hey - it all lends weight.

Sources: CVG, MCV

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32 comments

  • CitizenWolfie - June 22, 2012 2:55 a.m.

    I thought MGS4 pretty much wrapped everything up. Surely there is no need for a sequel? I love the series but I hope they aren't going to milk the main numbered series now. Personally I wasn't keen on the futuristic warfare of MGS4 so I'd hope if there is another MGS it'll be before things went silly with the Metal Gear Rays, Gekkos and Cyber-Raiden. I could just about suspend disbelief enough for Psycho Mantis and the Rex let alone the ghost of someone you killed three games ago possessing the hand of an old man you have defeated in all of them. How about a prequel to MGS3? I'd sure like to play as The Boss and find out how she became to be the character she is.
  • Edias - June 21, 2012 9:35 p.m.

    I'm sure this game will be good but I just hope that they don't start milking this series past the point of relevance. I mean, really; can any of you picture Solid Snake breastfeeding? Would any of you want to? Point is, I love the series but I could have just as easily followed Kojima's vision, even if it meant Snake's death. It could've taken the series to some new/intersting directions.
  • forestfire55 - June 21, 2012 7:28 p.m.

    Its on xbox 720 and ps3, thats not a mistake is it? And why do they think snake is dead? Did they play the game?
  • Mr Box 360 - June 24, 2012 9:49 a.m.

    I was thinking the same thing about the snake dying comment, maybe they didn't watch it past the credits.
  • dkm945 - June 21, 2012 1:59 p.m.

    I was going to say something about Snake not really dying, but everyone beat me to it.
  • Fruitbat - June 21, 2012 1:39 p.m.

    I'm guessing that they could clone Snake, or ninja him up...
  • DyranLK - June 21, 2012 1:09 p.m.

    I'm still not sure what to make of this just yet, but hey, if there's one guy that can pull it off, it would probably be Kojima. Here's to hopin' that he won't disappoint, 'ey? ;P (Not even mentioning the fact that the FOX Engine looks pretty spectacular as well.)
  • IceBlueKirby - June 21, 2012 12:58 p.m.

    Ok, I understand if you're a games journo you might hop up as soon as the credits start to write your review, but seriously, no one in the GR office knew that Snake didn't die? Anyway, I love the MGS series, so I'm excited to see where this one goes. Whether it's somehow set after MGS4 and stars "incontinent Snake" or rewinds to before MGS4 or cures Snake or whatever, it should be good.
  • danger.to.others - June 21, 2012 12:48 p.m.

    Apparently I'm one of a very select few who stick around past the final credits. Snake never died in MGS4. He and Octogan were off to some other mission as it closed out.
  • Dadyo238 - June 21, 2012 12:42 p.m.

    I'll never get enough Metal Gear, but c'mon. Snake was on his last legs at the end of 4, and I think it would be better for the MG universe for Solid's story to end peacefully, on a nice tropical island. Unless they decide to make another Naked Snake/Big Boss era title, but judging by Kojima's words, that won't be the case, so.... I guess it's just another case of Konami raping series for all they have.
  • RonnyLive19881 - June 21, 2012 11:02 a.m.

    First stealth game where the main character is sneaking around in a wheel chair! Bigger boxes confirmed!
  • metalgatesolid - June 21, 2012 10:53 a.m.

    Tear to the eye right about now. Im man enough to admit i watched the last cut scene of MGS4 with a lump in my throat waiting for Snake to die. Rumors arouind then was that MGS4 would get an update around the time of Snakes death with a video of him passing away which would have made me cry like a baby. It would have been brave of Kojima to let videogamings greatest character die especially as it wouldnt have been "in action". All things MGS are great and Solid Snake is the guy i want to control when playing. Fanboy note...Playstation Exclusive please.
  • jackthemenace - June 21, 2012 9:13 a.m.

    Thank god I read the comments, I thought I was going insane- I haven't finished the game in a while, but I'm sure I remember Snake NOT dying at the end. But yeah, I wanna agree with Omnillion down there, I wanna assume it's not set AFTER #4- although, setting it before Metal Gear 1 does seem a bit far back. Could it be the game bridging #2 and #4 that Metal Gear RSolid: Rising was supposed to be, before Platinum took it on? I mean, Kojima studios were having trouble making the game, maybe they decided to let Platinum make the game set in a different time, so that THIS narrative could be a main-series game?
  • Tjwoods18 - June 21, 2012 7:56 a.m.

    Sweet! Let me go and kill those damn patriots.
  • Darkhawk - June 21, 2012 6:39 a.m.

    What the hell is everyone talking about? Snake didn't die at all in MGS4. In fact, if you sat through the whole post-credit sequence (leave it to Kojima to make it as long as the game itself) it was firmly established that Snake was alive and well. Did you just not watch all the cutscenes or what
  • Tjwoods18 - June 21, 2012 7:53 a.m.

    I seem to remember that he was going to kill himself in front of Big boss grave, but then backs out of it.
  • inner_hope - June 21, 2012 10:25 a.m.

    It is Frank Jeager´s grave.
  • omnilion - June 21, 2012 8:37 a.m.

    Virtually, he's not dead. But in essence, he's as good as dead. He has less than six months to live by the very end of the game, and he only barely got out of the microwave corridor alive, so either way, there's really not a lot left to see of Snake post-MGS4.
  • Tjwoods18 - June 21, 2012 9:13 a.m.

    You never know. Otacon is a smart dude he might have found a cure to the fox die virus.
  • RonnyLive19881 - June 21, 2012 11:58 a.m.

    In the MGS universe a brain transplant into another clone doesn't seem to far-fetched. Plus, weren't the Snakes from the Metal Gear AC!D games technically not Solid Snake but still treated as Solid Snake? I can't remember.

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