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Metal Gear Solid 5 May Be a Prequel

If you've already finished Kojima Productions' Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3) and are wondering where the story could possibly go from there, the answer appears to be backwards.

According to MGS4 producer Ryan Payton, Metal Gear Solid 5 may be a prequel.

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Speaking with 1UP, Payton reminded gamers that though series lead Solid Snake's saga may have ended, there's still "a lot of room for filling in the gaps as far as [series antagonist and MGS3 lead] Big Boss is concerned."

"There are some misunderstandings that this is the final Metal Gear game," Payton added. "But it's really the final chapter of the Solid Snake story. That's all."

Series creator Hideo Kojima made similar remarks last month. Prior to that, the MGS4 writer-director revealed that he will no longer be directly involved in the development of future Metal Gear titles.

"I'm happy we could wrap up Snake's story in MGS4," continued Payton. "If we continue on with Metal Gear Solid 5 with more Solid Snake adventures, we'll get to the point where the game has absolutely no basis in reality... He's had four or five really big missions, and that seems a little more realistic to me."

A PlayStation 3 exclusive, Metal Gear Solid 4 was released on June 12.

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    June 20, 2008 10:42 PM


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      June 20, 2008 10:50 PM

      They've already milked the franchise enough as it is. They released 11 games, including the Digital Graphic Novel, the Document, and MGO, in the last 8 years. That's more than Madden has released in the last 8 years. They even had a radio drama in Japan.

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        June 20, 2008 11:19 PM

        Doesn't "milking it" imply the games are bad? I've enjoyed every one I've played, so they can continue to "milk" it as long as they want.

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          June 21, 2008 1:02 AM

          I don't think milking, by just looking at the word, implies that the games are bad. Just that they're really milking the hell out of the series. And as long as the games are good, then I want them to milk it too. An Ac!d 3 would be nice, too.

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          June 21, 2008 1:26 AM

          I agree, keep making 'em. I enjoy em. Just like the Castlevania series.

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        June 21, 2008 7:39 AM

        Why would you include MGO in a 'milking' category? It was bundled with a game for free, just like it was again with MGS4.

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