Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes to tackle "mature themes" - Gematsu
Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes to tackle “mature themes”
posted on 02.26.13 at 08:01 AM EST by (@salromano)
"As a creator, I want to take that risk," says Kojima.

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, the next game from Kojima Productions, will tackle many “taboos” and “mature themes,” according to Metal Gear series creator Hideo Kojima. So much so, that Kojima is unsure if he’ll even be able to release the game. 

“Over the past 25 years, I have tried to work with the Metal Gear series to try and introduce more mature themes,” Kojima told Spong. “But really, it hasn’t happened yet, compared to movies or books. There’s still has a long way to go. That’s precisely what I want to try and tackle with my next project, Ground Zeroes. I’m going to be targeting a lot of taboos, a lot of mature themes, that really are quite risky. Honestly, I’m not even sure if i’ll be able to release the game!”

He added, “And even if I did release the game, maybe it wouldn’t sell, because [the themes would be] just too much. But as a creator, I want to take that risk. As a producer, it’s my job to try and sell the game. But I’m approaching this project from the point of view of a creator, where I’m prioritizing creativity over sales.”

Hopefully, that risk won’t lead into the following scenario, as described by Kojima.

“It’s very possible that some time in the future after Ground Zeroes is out, I may be called up by management who will say, ‘Kojima! What are you doing? Ground Zeroes isn’t selling! What have you done?’ And at that point I’ll [hopefully be able to] say, ‘Don’t worry! [Metal Gear] Rising is selling well!”

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  • Bloodios

    He just keeps being himself and I am guaranteed going to be buying the game at launch. I’ll buy it twice if it does badly, if that helps…

  • Thank you, based Kojima.

    • KurisuMakise

      Came to post this! Also, it’d be nice if mature themes weren’t necessarily the usual stuff but rather sensitive issues linked with character development but we’ll see I suppose. I do love the storylines in the MGS franchise admittedly.

  • At least Hideo Kojima wants to try new things in new games instead of reusing old stuffs. It is a commendable attitude of him wanting to tackle mature themes in a game instead of not wanting to do it.

  • xMCXx

    Love that dude!

  • Skerj

    I could swear Otacon banged his step mom and was in the middle of doing so again while his dad was committing suicide in the pool and dragging Emma along with him after finding out about the affair. Not going to get into what all of the boss characters went through.

    Sooo yeah, par for the course Kojima, bring it.

    • Kobracon

      Not to mention the backstory for the B&B unit in MGS4. We got child mental torture, a child murdering babies, tortured children and lastly, cannibalism by a child. So yeah you’ve already crossed alot of taboos.

  • I wonder if it will be worse than shooting innocents at the airport, or kill the prostitute after having done with her.

    But I’m gonna get this, Mr Kojima. Bring it to us.

  • I hate it when developers talk about how immature games are..sorry but Silent Hill 2 is the one game that broke all taboos in the most elegant and mature way possible.It actually makes you think about it all.

    Don’t force me to see my favorite characters have graphic sex on screen after all these years..I dont wanna lose respect for them.And show me exaggerated violence either.I hope kojima knows that maturity =/= in your face violence and sex.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Kojima knows better, else we’d have already seen that stuff in MGS. It’s an M-rated series about military espionage and such, there was certainly room for wanton violence in each game if Kojima wanted to do it. Sex won’t be it either. It would be at odds with what Kojima’s shown us with Big Boss prior.

      • Hopefully it will be something deep and interesting and elegantly portrayed.I love kojima’s writing and I think it’s gonna get better.Also , I hope this game gets a release on next gen consoles as well.

        • Solomon_Kano

          Yea, I really like Kojima’s writing. He’s said before that they’ve considered doing GZ next gen, so I can see that happening if it doesn’t come out this year. We’ll learn more at GDC next month.

    • Unfortunately/fortunately both of those things take place in the real world and within the realm of the subject matter. Whether or not Kojima wants to actually “show” it is up to him.

  • It’s not like there will be gore or sex scenes in it….



    I just predicted something, didn’t I?

  • It’s not like there will be gore or sex scenes in it….



    I just predicted something, didn’t I?

  • MrKappa

    Kojima worried that this game won’t sell? Lol. It already looked bad ass from the one trailer it has and who doesn’t want to play as Big Boss again? I doubt the themes he has in mind will even be “too much” by anything else but Japanese standards.

  • Solomon_Kano

    With all the crazy we’ve had in MGS so far, it scares me to think Kojima’s come up with something he considers mature enough to note. I mean, it’s not like the previous games were all rainbows and sunshine.

    Really can’t wait to see what Kojima’s got for us. Come on, GDC!

  • This is just clever marketing.

  • capristrider

    Snake will invite Meryl back for some “Hot Coffee”….

  • HeatPhoenix

    Mature themes such as… “longer cutscences”.

  • new_tradition

    I haven’t played any MGS games, but I’m aware of the story and of the already present mature subject matter as other comments have pointed out. I really don’t know what this guy is thinking about.

    “Compared to movies and books”? What’s tinkering in your head, Kojima?

  • Charlie

    I think tackling taboo themes will boost MGS:GZ sales significantly.

  • DrForbidden

    Hmm… ‘Mature themes’?

    Like Nanomachines? ;P

  • PrinceHeir

    probably child soldier recruiting(Raiden, Big Boss?)

    can’t wait either way!!!