Hideo Kojima is an industry legend, having helmed classics such as Snatcher, Zone of the Enders and - of course - Metal Gear Solid. But despite such a stellar legacy, even his projects aren't safe from abrupt cancellation it appears. Kojima has long spoke of his latest project, promising great things, with many hoping for a Zone of the Enders rebirth, or a totally new IP. But it seems whatever his next project was, it's no more.
Retreating to his Twitter and very clearly in some distress, Kojima lamented "I cannot bear, and cannot be positive". With no context, not much was thought of the post, until Kojima followed it up with this, "What I prepared minutely spending a year became meaningless". Putting the pieces together, it appears Kojima's elusive project has been cancelled.
Which is odd, as only last February, Kojima's Twitter reported far more optimistic news. He revealed he had two new IPs on the go, and work was progressing well. And yet, somehow, in three short months, one of those projects has met the sharp end of a publisher's axe. Kojima originally spoke of a 'devil project', which I gather means a risky, radical idea; perhaps Konami deemed it too risky?
I'm still holding out hope that Kojima is hard at work on a Zone of the Enders rebirth, and that it hasn't been cancelled. But in a day and age where Transformers reign supreme, surely a title where agile robots and colossal space-stations duke it out can get a greenlight? Konami is hosting a pre-E3 event on June 2nd. Perhaps more will become clear then. [Eurogamer]