A shot of the flashing 5 or S.

Next was a flash teaser site on the Kojima Productions website. Originally advertised in the Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, the advert was a two page spread depicting a thunderstorm with the date "2009 . 5 . 18" written on the second page, with the url: under it.

The site featured a series of countdowns, each one adding more hints as to what was in store for the series. On June 1, 2009, at Microsoft's press conference during E3 2009, Hideo Kojima announced a new title in the Metal Gear series. The game, titled Metal Gear Solid: Rising, was supposed to be released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, and it was going to star Raiden as the main character. The following day at Sony's E3 2009 press conference, another game was announced, titled Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, which stars Big Boss. It was released in 2010.

At Konami's E3 2009 conference, another Metal Gear game was announced, titled Metal Gear Arcade, a coin-op iteration of Metal Gear Online. It was released in Japan in 2010.

Afterwards, the site was redirected and split into the E3 2009 and Gamescom 2009 Kojima Productions special sites, the former of which is the only one still accessible directly. As a result, this also ended up having the only Gamescom special site by Kojima Productions in its entire run.

Site history

Next Big Boss

Big Boss, from the Next website. The words on his beret say Militaires Sans Frontières (Soldiers Without Borders).

The site itself didn't go live until May 14, and on May 18, the site was updated with a countdown, with the number "5" or letter "S" appearing every few seconds.


the 00:00:00.

On May 21st, mere hours away from the end of the first countdown, a leak revealed that an upcoming issue of Famitsu PSP+PS3 will feature a brand new Metal Gear game. The magazine is scheduled to ship on May 30.[1] Once the first countdown finished, the site changed to more aggressive rain and lightning, and changed the flashing sequence to show one of the following about every thirty seconds: "S" (or"5"), "e", "E" and "3". The countdown started again, now set to end on the 26th of May.


The mask.


The mask deteriorating.

On May 26th the second countdown ended, with a new countdown replacing it, and the site changed to even more aggressive rain and lightning, and changing the flashing sequence to show one of the following about every thirty seconds: "P", "R", "3","5" (or "S") and "e." The letters and numbers appeared in a random order and then an image of Big Boss would flash up, usually followed by the same image again. Big Boss' semi-youthful age points to a period after Metal Gear Solid 3's Cold War-era setting and before that of the original Metal Gear. On Big Boss' beret there can be seen the words Militaires Sans Frontières, French for Soldiers Without Borders. There is also an image of a skull, resembling both the emblems of Outer Heaven and Pangea, the super-continent theorized to have existed before the flood; before the continents were separated into their current configuration. This could represent Big Boss' idea of a world of "unity."

On May 28, the countdown was updated once again. This time Raiden flashed in a similar fashion to Big Boss. Additionally, the number "6" was added to the set of characters as well as the letters "C" and "O." This new countdown was set to end on the 31st of May. The Kojima Productions logo at the bottom of the page began to fade in and out of a mask image; clicking this link while it is the mask image takes the visitor to another website with background music that has an image of the same mask. This image is apparently from a new Kojima Pro game entitled Lords of Shadow which will be announced at E3 2009. It turned out to be the next Castlevania game.

During the Tokyo Game Show, Hideo Kojima was interviewed by Famitsu magazine. Afterwards, the interviewer asked Kojima, "Is it okay to print everything?" He replied, "If you blank out words, it's okay." The interview was featured in Famitsu with many blanked out words, leaving a lot to Metal Gear fans' imagination. An English translation of the interview can be found on Kotaku.

On May 30, information on Sony's new PlayStation Portable, the PSP Go was leaked. Along with the leak, it was revealed that a new Metal Gear Solid game is being developed for it.[2] It is possible that this could be a spiritual sequel to Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops. Kojima Productions has said that they would be willing to make another Portable Ops if the first one sold well, and Kojima has said that he is interested in making more hand-held games after his son said that he enjoyed Portable Ops, despite not being a fan of the series.[3]

When the countdown reached 15:00:00, the weather of the site changed from aggressive rain and thunder to sunny weather, with birds singing and wind in the background. The flashing sequence now shows the number "8", and the flashes are much slower to disappear. Big Boss' image is no longer present on the site.

Militaires sans frontieres

The Militaires Sans Frontières emblem featured on Big Boss's beret.

Kojima and the Next Metal Gear game



Kojima stated that Metal Gear Solid 4 would be the last Metal Gear game that he would direct.[4]

In a interview about leaving Kojima Productions, Ryan Payton mentioned the game.[5]

"It'll be hard not being involved in MGS5, but I've got the utmost confidence that Hideo Kojima, Ken Imaizumi, and our amazing team will put together another blockbuster game."
―Ryan Payton

In an interview with 1UP, Kojima claimed he already had three concepts in mind for MGS5, and said if the team picked one of his concepts, he would have to be involved.[6]


Next's main menu.

In March 2009, Kojima completed his keynote delivery at the Game Developers Conference with a shot of Raiden standing behind the words "the next MGS." This was a hint concerning the main character of Metal Gear Solid 4's sequel. At the same time, Kojima expressed interest in sending the series in a new direction, specifically a combination of Japanese "developer-driven methods" and Western "technology-driven methods", apparently confirming that he is not ready to finish the series yet.[7]

At Microsoft's press conference at E3 2009, Kojima appeared on stage and announced that the Metal Gear franchise was coming to the Xbox 360, and showed a teaser which showed Raiden at different angles in his suit, at the end it stated "Raiden is back", and the title of the game, Metal Gear Solid: Rising. Raiden's eyes were not blue, but brown. The reason for this is unknown.

Later, at Sony's press conference, Kojima announced another new title to be released on the PSP. Peace Walker was a sequel to Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, set ten years after Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, and told the origin of Outer Heaven.


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