It’s never a good idea to upset or annoy perhaps one of the greatest developers of all time, especially when he develops exclusively for you. But it seems Mr. Metal Gear Solid, or Mr. Kojima as he is known to friends, has an issue with the SIXAXIS controller, in that it doesn’t rumble.
Talking in the Official Playstation Magazine for the UK, he said:
“The controls in MGS3 got a little complex, so you’ll have a little more direct control in MGS4. That said, I miss the rumble and even now I hope it will come back.”
I think he appreciates just how much rumble adds to a game, by creating tension and just generally gives more involvement to the user. Also, after Sony was sued for millions with regards to their rumble technology, I can’t see them ever bringing the rumble back this side of 2010, because after all the money Sony have lost this year, it really isn’t worth losing some more. But, the controller does have the tilt functionability, and that could be utilised in an interesting way, no?
“We can’t say how we’ll use the motion-sensing functionality specifically but we’ll use it for sure.”
Not being sure seems to give the impression that he currently has no idea how they will implement it. I just hope it doesn’t involve some quirky mini-game where you shake the pad to break free of an enemy grapple, or something along those lines, because that would truely be awful in a Meta Gear game.
MGS4 is a key title to the PS3, it’s highly anticipated in almost the same way as Halo 3 is for the 360. Get it right, and Sony will be shifting consoles left, right and centre. Get it wrong, and the PS3 could be in all sorts of bother. If Kojima can keep doing what he has done with the last three games, then the 4th, on next generation hardware, should be truely epic.
The game will be released in 2007, though there is no specific date yet. I’m expecting Christmas, or “the Winter holiday season” for Europe, with America and Japan getting about three months before.