Is the New PSP Metal Gear Actually Metal Gear 5?
While most gamers got their first looks at the next installments in the “Metal Gear” saga at E3, many questions remained. Thankfully, in an interview released by Konami, Hideo Kojima has finally shed some light on the “PSP’s “Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker,” and even refers to the heandheld’s entry as a “MGS5-class game.”
Big Boss’ latest foray into the world of tactical espionage action will primarily feature more replayability and offer more customization options then traditionally available in previous Metal Gear’s. “For example there’s heavy gear configurations that make a lot of noise, but that allow you to equip numerous weapons,” Kojima said. “Or, there are other configurations that won’t allow you to carry many weapons, but will allow you to be light on your feet. We will be preparing a variety of other types as well. Being able to make decisions and plot a strategy will be one of the really enjoyable features of this title.”
The decision to allow the user such customization is an interesting one. In the past, Snake has been able to change his physical appearance, but the change was used solely as a way to help you blend in more with the surrounding environment. With Kojima taking about heavy configurations, you have to wonder if “Peace Walker” will continue the trend of Kojima trying to cater more toward the action-addict crowd of the west. “Metal Gear Solid 4″ broke the traditional stealth modes of past Metal Gears and allowed the players more opportunities to go through levels with their guns-a-blazin’. So, it looks like Kojima may be aiming to continue that trend.
Most noteworthy was Kojima’s comments on how he viewed Peace Walker as fitting into the Metal Gear anthology saying, “This game is an MGS5-class game. I am supervising, designing, producing, directing, and editing this title together with the MGS4 team,” Kojima said. “Therefore in that sense, ‘METAL GEAR SOLID’ has not ended, and the ‘METAL GEAR SAGA’ continues.”
Pretty interesting considering the franchise will also see its debut on the Xbox 360 with “Metal Gear Solid: Rising;” a title which sees series sidekick Raiden taking the helm, presumably offering more action then you’re traditional “Metal Gear” game. We’ll all have to wait to see how this heavily-backed PSP Metal Gear stacks up against Raiden’s action romp debuting on the 360.
If you haven’t seen the trailer for “Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker,” check it out below.