Hideo Kojima is a busy developer lately. In addition to Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker on the PlayStation Portable, the architect of Metal Gear Solid is involved in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Some recent Twitter updates picked up by Andria Sang and Gamespot indicate that Kojima has another project in the planning phase.
While details are scarce, Kojima says that “The project plan still hasn’t reached a detailed level, but everything is advancing simultaneously in my head. Title, game design, story, characters, setting research, the mech that appear, casting, graphic direction, sound, beginning and ending, the major story sequences. It comes together naturally in my head.”
Kojima then raises the stakes, in a post indicating he’s taking this project quite seriously: “The next project will challenge a certain type of taboo. If I mess up, I’ll probably have to leave the industry. However, I don’t want to pass by avoiding that. I turn 47 this year. It’s been 24 years since I started making games. Today, I got an ally who would happily support me in that risk. Although it’s just one person. For a start, it’s good.”
Kojima seems to be placing a lot of emphasis on how this taboo will make or break this upcoming project, though all we know is that it involves mechs. We still have Twitter to thank for this interesting development.