Hideo Kojima is considering toning down certain themes from the upcoming Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes for an industry which he says hasn’t matured very much over the past 25 years.
Hideo Kojima said: “Video games as a medium haven’t matured very much at all in the last 25 years. It’s always about killing aliens and zombies. Not that I don’t like those kinds of games… they are fun, but I think games have a long way to go before they can mature. Over the past 25 year I have tried to work with the Metal Gear series to introduce more mature themes, but really it hasn’t gotten there yet. Compared to movies and books it still has a long way to go.
That’s precisely what I want to try to tackle with Ground Zeroes. Honestly I’m going to be targeting a lot of taboos, a lot of mature themes that really are quite risky. I’m not even sure if I’m going to be able to release the game, and even if I did release the game then maybe it wouldn’t sell because it’s too much. As a creator I want to take that risk. I’m approaching the project as a creator and prioritising creativity over sales.”