Kojima to be 'deeply' involved with MGS Rising

Contrary to what was said at E3, Hideo Kojima, the Studio Head of Kojima Productions and the father of the Metal Gear series, will be deeply involved in the newest Metal Gear game for the next-gen platforms.

In an interview translated by GameCenterOnline, he goes on to say "I'll be working more deeply on the project then a normal producer, it's a completely different kind of action than what has appeared in the series so far."

While the young guns at the company will doing the bulk of the work, this doesn't mean that Kojima won't be their to crack the whip when he sees something he doesn't like or want done. He goes on to say the core of the game will remain the same (stealth action), but overall will be a brand new experience compared to the titles previous iterations.

"We're redoing the engine from scratch, and it's going to look amazing. It's going to be a big project like Metal Gear Solid 4. The entire team is serious about making it look as good as possible on every platform," said Kojima Productions' podcast host Sean Eyestone. The reason for this? The game, for the first time, is planned as a multiplatform release (PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360).

While this game may not be the "true" sequel to Metal Gear Solid 4 as is the upcoming PSP title, Kojima himself was also close to letting his staff handle this one as well. "At first, I was just going to create the overall guidelines and concepts for the project, and leave it in the hands my excellent staff," said Kojima. "I was going to have a hand in the project as a producer, and make titles other than MGS. But, I set the game in the South American [sic] country of Costa Rica and created a story with themes about nuclear deterrence and The Cold War. It looked as if it might be very confusing to young people, because of generational differences. So, in the end I finally said, 'I'll do it.'"

Not much is known about either title, other then Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (PSP) will feature Naked Snake (Big Boss) and Metal Gear Rising will feature Raiden in his cybernetic suit.

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