Hideo Kojima, “It may be hard to get into Rising”

Hideo Kojima

There’s no doubt that Rising is going to be a different take on the Metal Gear universe – no more Snake creeping around, a lot more robo-Raiden slicing up soldiers and mechs. Even Kojima’s got his doubts about how fans will receive it. 

“If somebody thinks ‘I love Snake’ and just really wants traditional stealth gameplay and that experience, then it may be hard to get into Rising” Kojima told Official PlayStation Magazine UK for their exclusive interview cover. However, he does think it’s more a case of managing expectations, “but for people who are more open and willing to try new things, it shouldn’t be a problem” he adds. “Raiden in MGS 4 was received very well, and I wanted to keep going with that direction in Rising. The people who liked him in 4 will like him in this, but it’s a personal preference”

At least Raiden’s staring role is up front this time. Fans didn’t take kindly to discovering him as the surprise star in MGS 2, a decision that Hideo Kojima still defends. “The character in the game is supposed to equal the player, so if you want to introduce things to a new recruit, you have to learn how to interact with that world along with the character. If we had Snake [in MGS 2] he was this old, experienced veteran and there would’ve been a disconnect with the [new] players. So that’s why we brought in Raiden.”

Heh, “I love Snake”.

You can also find out what Hideo Kojima had to say about his plans for Metal Gear Solid 5why he’s still in control of Metal Gear Rising and why he wanted to kill Snake in every Metal Gear game.

The Kojima issue is out on the 29th of November and subs issues should be going out next week. You can now get Official PlayStation Magazine UK on Apple Newsstand, either as a single issue or through a 3, 6 and 12 month subscriptions available. You can also get Official PlayStation Magazine UK on Zinio as well, so you are full covered for all your digital reading needs. And the paper edition’s also available in the shops and through a number of subscription offers.