If you’ve been following the situation for any length of time, then the split between Konami and Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima is still very much a developing story. Still, the series itself will be continuing after Kojima’s alleged departure, even if titles like Metal Gear Rising 2 didn’t and won’t be happening.
What’s the story behind the apparent sequel to Platinum Games’ hack and slash action fest? Raiden voice actor Quinton Flynn shed some light on the subject in a recent interview with Yong Yea, who asked what it was about the series that made Flynn continue to reprise his role.
I love the role, I am happy to do it any time. Create an animated series, I’ll do it. I’ll do 48 episodes in season. I’ll do 120 in a season. I’ll do as many as you like because I love this character.
“As long as they’re willing to have me back, it’s up to them, they have to develop it and I’m just waiting. After we did Rising: Revengeance, I said to the writer/producer, “Any thoughts on the sequel?” He was like “Yeah, we have some thoughts on the sequel” and I said “Any thoughts on when it might be?” and we recorded in 2012 and if I’m not mistaken and I thought he said maybe a couple of years.”
“So, I had assumed incorrectly that we might be recording in 2014 and that didn’t happen and then I thought “Well certainly they’re developing things” and then I found out about the information that Hideo Kojima and Konami and that split. I went ‘Oh no!'”
He also shared his humorous take on the next Silent Hill game but he hopes that Konami will do Silent Hills again one day. “I met up with three women Silent Hill nurses when I was in Calgary, Canada. Amazing, they were absolutely in character. So silent. When they left the room they did that really awkward walk. It was genius. I was very excited about that for obvious reasons. The coming together of both, that’s what I would like. I would like Raiden and the nurses of Silent Hill to have a series and call it “Silent Revengeance.”
I do wonder that maybe, because I don’t know anything about the rights, if Konami owns the rights and they’re like “it’s done, you can’t have it you won’t do it,” or Kojima can go on to do it somewhere else with someone else. These are the questions I have and I do hope that they will do it again.”
As to the split between Kojima and Konami, and whether he would return to a Metal Gear game without the Kojima at the helm, Flynn said, “I find it unfortunate. It’s a breakup. Who wants mommy and daddy to divorce? No one, so it’s a drag. Again, I’m only a child, they’re not letting me know what the story is. When I grow up someday, I will be able to find the papers. So there’s that, I don’t know anything about it to be able to comment on it. And Konami going on without him and should Konami want to hire me to reprise the role, absolutely I’ll do it.”
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, pegged to be Kojima’s final project with Konami, is out on September 1st for PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PS3. The PC version is due to release on September 15th.