After 25 years of working on the Metal Gear franchise. creator Hideo Kojima may be preparing to move on after the next two games in the franchise, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain are released. Kojima spoke to Xbox Wire on both the possibilities of the franchise continuing without him and his ambitions for MGS V’s open world.
“The only thing I can say for certain is that I personally will not be able to carry MGS forward for another 25 years. However, with new talent at the helm guiding the series through each new stage, I can easily imagine a world 25 years from now where a new MGS franchise continues onward into the future.” On the subject of the Phantom Pain’s open world, Kojima said, “The open world elements exist to remove the rails from the stealth experience, allowing players to freely plan their own routes and experiment with their own unique infiltration strategies. However, at its heart, the gameplay is all about stealth and we don’t intend to shift the focus away from that.”
Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, which serves as both a prequel and “tutorial” for The Phantom Pain, will be released on March 18, 2014.
The next chapter in the Halo franchise, Halo: Spartan Assault, will be available for download on the Xbox One on December 24. The game is a top down, twin stick adventure, and fills in the gap between Halo 3 and Halo 4. The game was previously only available on Windows Phone, Surface, and Windows 8 devices. The Xbox One version is said to be the definitive edition of the game, running at 1080p and 60fps, and will include new weapons, achievements, and abilities. The game will retail for 14.99, though if you already have purchased it for Windows 8 it will only run you 4.99. The shooter will also be heading to the Xbox 360 sometime in January.
For those who wanted more chaos and mayhem with Trevor, Michael, and Franklin, Rockstar will be granting your wish. Coming at some point in 2014, the substantial story-driven GTA5 DLC will be released, continuing the trio’s adventures in Southern San Andreas. As more details become available, we’ll pass them along. For the game’s multiplayer, GTA Online is getting a big update this week featuring deathmatch and the race creator beta. Four Capture mode variants- Raid, Contend, Hold, and GTA- will be released later this month. For those wondering, heists are still in development, with Rockstar making sure that they are both polished and fun to play, and should be available sometime in 2014.
That’s it for now. Excited for a new Halo or GTA DLC? How do you feel about Kojima “retiring” from MGS? Let us know in the comments below. Til next time…
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