Legendary game designer Hideo Kojima thinks Western game companies are "winning" over their Eastern competition, so expect some changes from the father of the Metal Gear series.
Kojima told Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu that he will "start from scratch" to compete with global development companies. He says he plans to review literally everything about Kojima Productions, "from the team structure to tools and our staff." Kojima promises 2009 will be a "year of change."
"I've come to understand that the way we've made games up until now won't translate globally, and I've come to think that I need to make Kojima Productions a team that can compete alongside the rest of the world," he said. "With games, you've got to use cutting-edge techniques, and doing so costs money -- so I don't think you can make games that just appeal to the Japanese market. So, 2009 will see us continuing to think how to create a team that can take on the world."
Along with long cutscenes, I've always really liked the WTF moments of ultimate absurdity in Metal Gear games -- sometimes you just need to see a bald monkey wearing a silver diaper and enjoying some cola -- and those moments seem to spring from a unique, Japanese perspective. Let's hope Kojima finds a happy median between West and East, and doesn't throw out the flavor to chase after sales.
But hey, what do you think? Will Kojima's promise to review his company result in better or worse games?
Oh, and if you forget why Metal Gear is so great, check out the video of the first 15 minutes of Metal Gear Solid 4.