Metal Gear mastermind Hideo Kojima has let slip that one of the original ideas floating around for a potential Metal Gear Solid 5 centred on The Boss and the legendary Cobra unit during the invasion of Normandy.
Speaking in the recent Metal Gear Rising vidoc, Kojima revealed that the idea was pitched to his development team after Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots shipped in summer 2008.
“Metal Gear Solid 4 wrapped up in 2008, and the dev team took post-project time off right after that. But, of course, we were in a situation where we had to start planning for MGS5. So I started coming up with several ideas,” he commented.
“I had several ideas for a game featuring The Boss and the Cobra Unit during the invasion of Normandy. I then handed these plans over to the team so they could take over and make the game. I presented my ideas to the team during the summer of 2008. However, simply dropping MGS5 on the younger staff members was a bit heavy and there was resistance to doing it without my involvement.”
The Boss and the Cobra unit featured in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, with the latter serving as boss battles for Naked Snake. The unit was established in World War II by The Boss, and took part in a mission during the Normandy landings, as revealed during the climax of Snake Eater.
Kojima went on to reveal he was working on a new project while pitching his idea for MGS5, and was keen to have his staff take charge of the new title. However, this idea was met with some resistance from the team, and it was then that the idea of Metal Gear Rising was conceived.
“At the time, I was working on a new project. It was during the planning phase of that project and I wanted the staff to take charge of the new title,” Kojima explained.
“There was resistance to that idea, though. It was then that someone proposed the idea for what would become Rising. It was a game based on Raiden’s story, since MGS5 had too much weight to it. It would be a side story that the team felt more comfortable working with.”
Metal Gear Solid 5 has yet to be announced, though Kojima has said he is happy to continue to make new games in the series provided fans want them.