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Hideo Kojima, the man behind Metal Gear Solid, has been speaking about the third instalment of the series.

If there’s one person who knows how to hype up a game, it’s Mr Hideo Kojima of Konami Japan. The amount of hype generated on the last Metal Gear Solid game was nothing short of phenomenal, so you can imagine the kind of furore that’ll kick off when development finally starts on Metal Gear Solid 3. Kojima has been talking to Japanse Famitsu Magazine on the subject, and dropped a few hints about gameplay, and interestingly, which platform the game will appear on.

Going straight to the point, the Famitsu scribes asked Kojima about the third Metal Gear game. “Well, there will be another sequel,” he said, “To be honest though, I didn’t want to do a third instalment. I don’t like how companies feed off of the popularity of a series and continually release sequels. In this case however, the outcry from the fans has been overwhelming and I’m convinced there’s enough new ideas for another Metal Gear.” It’s not often you hear a game developer making clear his distaste for brainless sequels.

“However, development isn’t going to be easy and players shouldn’t expect the game very soon. Trying to create the same type of visual and technical leap from Metal Gear Solid to Metal Gear Solid 2 will be extremely difficult.” When pushed on this point, Kojima said the words we all wanted to hear. “Developing another instalment on the PlayStation 2 will force us to maximise the capabilities of the hardware. That’s one of the reasons why I originally wanted to develop Metal Gear Solid 3 on PlayStation 3.”

Unfortunately, Kojima hasn’t been too forthcoming with any further details on the game, most probably because not a lot of work has been started on it. As for possible influences, Kojima has stated that he was very impressed with Ubisoft’s Splinter Cell, and said he would liked to have used some of Sam Fisher’s gadgets in Metal Gear Solid games. Play MGS2 after a quick blast of Splinter Cell, and you’ll notice Snake does seem to be bolted to the floor – perhaps more of a free-moving area, in which Snake can jump, climb and swing around would provide a new Metal Gear experience.

One of the major criticisms of Metal Gear Solid 2 was the introduction of a new character called Raiden, and for the most part, the non-appearance of one Solid Snake, star of the original games. While it was a bold move to dispense of your main character, not everyone agreed and most gamers quickly got bored by the ladyboy character of Raiden, and wanted more Snake action. Lengthy cut-scenes were also a large source of complaints, so perhaps Kojima will take heed and cut down on the ‘digital memories’ guff this time round.

If Kojima’s words ring true and Metal Gear Solid 3 does indeed first appear on the PlayStation 3, that works out as a new MGS game for every format. Big things are expected from Sony at E3 this year, and Hideo Kojima will, as always, have some very useful information to divulge. More on that event in May.

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