Like it or not, once Metal Gear Solid 5: the Phantom Pain gets its release date for the XBOX One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and PC, Konami are planning on continuing the series. They’re well aware of the funds that this franchise has brought them over the years and they’re in no way prepared to part with them.
However, I’m sure we’ll all see a massive drop in sales following the departure of creator, Hideo Kojima from Konami and the Metal Gear Solid series. Therefore, Konami are going to have to find a seriously good reason to get players' attention in Japan and the rest of the world.
But we’re wondering whether Kojima’s series will be expanded upon, or if an entire new plot will be created - perhaps we might even see a reboot (please, God no!). If they decide to create a whole new plot within the Metal Gear universe, I think Konami stand to lose even more money from the continuation of these games.
At least if there’s someone in the game that we liked from previous Metal Gear titles, we’d have a reason to come back and play it - we’d want to see how their story develops. But would a prequel starring Big Boss’ mentor, The Boss, be a good move for Konami after Metal Gear Solid 5?
Metal Gear Solid 5 - Could The Boss Star in Konami’s Next Metal Gear Game?
Seeing the way in which Konami continue the Metal Gear franchise without Kojima is enticing, but the spark of the series will assuredly dissipate along with the absence of its crazed creator. The lengthy cutscenes, the endless streams of dialogue and the ever complicating plot points won’t feel the same without Kojima at the helm. He has created some of the greatest characters in video game history and I doubt that the next game will equal their presence. Therefore, if Konami were to continue the series with anyone, I’d love to see it happen with The Boss.
There’s no one in the Metal Gear universe that was able to stand up to Big Boss - or so we thought. Before the arrival of Solid Snake on the scene, The Boss was the best in the business. When we defeat her at the conclusion of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, we uncover the truth: she let us win. It was all a part of her plan. Therefore, I don’t think there’s a more powerful character we could play as in the next Metal Gear that already exists in Kojima’s series.
Where Should Konami Go After Kojima’s Phantom Pain?
It’d be amazing to see a woman lead this series - Kojima has a lot of misogynistic tendencies (looking at you, Quiet), but he’s also created some of the best female characters in the history of the industry. It’d be amazing to see The Boss’ progression. We could start with her origin story and see how she rose up the ranks to eventually become one of the best operatives in the US. We could even train Big Boss and venture all the way up until Metal Gear Solid 3.
Personally I don’t think there’s any other character from Kojima’s games that is more suited to leading their own title than The Boss. Raiden has already had his chance with Metal Gear Solid 2 and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance - besides we might actually see Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance 2!
So what do you think Metal Gear Solid fans? Are you curious to see how Konami will continue this beloved series after Kojima releases Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain? Do you think The Boss is the perfect fit to lead the series? Should they make a reboot? Or create a whole new host of characters in the same universe? Let us know in the comments!