Less than a year after the release of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, a new game in the series is already in the works.
The Metal Gear Solid is by far and away the most popular video game franchise from Konami. The Japanese company is also known for the Castlevania, Dance Dance Revolution and Pro Evolution Soccer series. None of those comes close to the quality and popularity of Metal Gear Solid.
Released in 1998 on the Playstation, Metal Gear Solid is actually the third game in the series. The original Metal Gear was released on the NES in North America during 1988. Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, the official sequel, was released in Japan only on the obscure MX2 video game system during 1990.
The series began to take off with Metal Gear Solid, however. The engrossing stealth gameplay meshes perfectly well with the cinematic presentation. In fact, the Playstation classic forever changed the gaming industry thanks to its mature emphasis on story-telling.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty on the Playstation 2 was released in 2001 and was supposed to be the last game in the series created by legendary game designer, Hideo Kojima. However, Metal Gear Solid fans weren’t too happy with the cliffhanger ending and literally forced him to finish the saga before leaving for good.
Thus, Hideo Kojima went on to create Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, which was actually a prequel in terms of storyline, on the Playstation 2 in 2004. After its completion, he and his team immediately went to work on Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, the final game in the series.
The much anticipated Playstation 3 exclusive game was released in June of 2008 after numerous delays. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots wrapped the long-running storyline series up and many presume that it would be the last game in the series.
Given how much Konami relies on the franchise, however, a new Metal Gear game would eventually come out sooner or later. Therefore, just one year after the released of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots on the Playstation 3, Hideo Kojima and his team is already set to reveal the next game in the series.
The new Metal Gear game is still shrouded in mystery. In fact, the platform it’s on hasn’t even been announced yet. It could either be a PSP, Playstation 3, some other video game system. Konami is hinting that the next game could once again star Big Boss and/or Raiden, however.
Look for more information on the new Metal Gear game in June.