Why Metal Gear Solid 5 Will Be A PS3 Exclusive

By Colin Tan on March 24, 2011, 9:10PM EDT
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Metal Gear Solid has always been quite the exclusive title to the PlayStation brand since the first Metal Gear Solid. Even when the industry was rife with rumours of Metal Gear Solid 4 jumping ship to the Xbox 360, Kojima and gang never faltered one bit. In fact, they just put the next flagship title on the PSP instead. Now with Metal Gear Solid: Rising on both platforms, we're left to wonder what's next for the series. Although it should be clear, here's why I think Metal Gear Solid 5 will be on the PS3.

Metal Gear Solid: Rising, although on both consoles, has had as much distance put between itself and Metal Gear Solid's genius creator, Hideo Kojima, to the point where the man was introduced on stage at E3 just so that he could introduce the actual producer of the game before making a swift exit. Instead, Kojima busied himself with the next "real" Metal Gear Solid title, and that was Peace Walker, which was released on PSP earlier last year.

However upset fans were that it was on the PSP, it's no debate that Peace Walker was one of the most brilliant Metal Gear Solid experiences thus far, even more so than Guns of the Patriots. Kojima was adamant on creating an epic experience fans could take with them whenever, wherever they went. The game was designed from the ground up as a portable experience, inspired by the likes of Monster Hunter and complete with the very same ability to hook up with friends in local multiplayer.

Even so, despite its critical acclaim, you can't argue that Peace Walker also failed to sell as much as its home console brethren outside of Japan, selling less than half a million in America versus Guns of the Patriots' 2.5 million units. You may not want to believe it, but platforms certainly do play a part in how well a game sells, especially considering how poorly the PSP hardware performs outside of Japan, likely affecting sales of Peace Walker, discounting digital sales.

Kojima has also been one to fully support the aspect of cloud gaming. Moving from your couch and out the door to the outside world, while still being able to take your game experience with you. It wasn't possible with the PSP, but things have changed. Sony's revealed the Next Generation Portable, or NGP for short, their next handheld device packed full with a ton of features, including dual analog sticks, a high-res screen, PS3-like visuals and even the prospect for cloud gaming.

Imagine that, playing the next great Metal Gear Solid title on your PS3 at home and continuing it even after you leave the comfort of your couch. Kojima touched on this at the debut event in Japan and knowing him, will surely go through with it. Even a demo was exhibited to showcase what the NGP was capable of: a cutscene taken right out of Metal Gear Solid 4 and running in real time on the handheld device. Sure enough, it looked spectacular. This reason alone seems more than enough to qualify the next MGS title being an exclusive title to the PS3, or at least the PlayStation Brand. Don't expect to play Metal Gear on the 360 and still have the option of jumping over to the NGP, it's simply ludicrous.

Let's not forget that Kojima also has two titles that he'll be announcing at E3 this year. Rumour has it that at least one of them will be either Metal Gear Solid 5 or Peace Walker - that or Zone of the Enders 3, goodness knows how long fans have been waiting on that. Perhaps it'll be both. Regardless, I'd be surprised if he announced anything at all for the Xbox 360. We're more likely to see something on the 3DS, likely Snake Eater 3D. However, considering how big the announcements are being made out to be, it'll probably be something relatively massive. Something over nine-thousand! Something like Metal Gear Solid 5 on the PS3.

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