More than anything, and no matter how he goes about it, the number one thing we want to see Hideo Kojima do next year is to create a new IP that surpasses the Metal Gear Solid series.
Of course, this wouldn’t be an easy feat, and whether he sticks to the action/adventure/stealth genre would be entirely up to the man himself. But if it went on to become a critical and commercial success then it would piss off Konami – no matter how many gambling machines and mobile games they’re making.
The gaming industry is a darker place without Kojima. He may have a sense of humour that sometimes jumps between endearingly adolescent and worryingly seedy, but when it comes to video games the man is an artist. He needs to put this feud with Konami behind him and come back with a new series that’s bigger and better than anything that’s come before, truly cementing his place in video game history.
Hideo Kojima - for the games you’ve given us, we salute you.