It is one thing to grab onto a rumor and let it throw you around like a cat on a ceiling fan. It is another story altogether when the developer/director confirms the news. Kojima has always been great at marketing his games and putting the pressure on himself and his game designers to make every Metal Gear title the best it can be. It was after hearing this that speculation started jumping around the collective head of NoobTubeTV and the rest of the Metal Gear fanverse.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is slated to come out at the end of 2012. If you couple the return of Raiden (a badass bionic ninja) in the upcoming game with the fact that Metal Gear Solid 4 was Solid Snake’s ‘Final Mission’ you would think that the series would be meeting its end. Then again… this is Kojima’s story about Nanomachines and Cloning we are talking about!
Without trying to spoil anything for those that have yet to play Metal Gear Solid 4 (or any of the other MGS Titles) –
There is a cinematic scene in Act 2 where Snake is interacting with Naomi Hunter (the original scientist that injected Snake with Nanomachines “Foxdie” in the first MGS title). As you can see from MGS to MGS2 and then finally MGS4, Solid Snake has aged like Mel Gibson in Forever Young. This is the entire meta-story of MGS4 in a nutshell and it really seems to be the beginning of MGS5.
During this cinematic scene, Naomi takes a reading of Snake’s cellular structure and DNA. In the process you can see her screen and it reads “Copying Solid Snake”.
The next step is for Kojima to give a projected release table… and he hasn’t.
This leaves two possibilities:
1 – Metal Gear Solid 5 will be among the final games developed for the XBox 360 and Playstation 3 generation of consoles.
2 – Metal Gear Solid 5 will be among the first games developed for the next generation of consoles and could once again be a Playstation exclusive title in order to push sales of new consoles when they are announced.
Either way it goes there is some joy to be had in the Metal Gear fan community. However, this does beg the questions –
If Snake is cloned again… what will he be like?
What will his name be? (Solid and Liquid are taken… Gas Snake seems a little stinky)
How will the other characters develop? (Don’t forget about Sunny! She looks like a big part of the future of Metal Gear)