Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima thinks that his upcoming entry in the solid stealth series may be too taboo-heavy to be published in its current form. And even if it does see the light of day, he's unsure if it will sell given its grim subject matter.

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"I'm going to be targeting a lot of taboos, a lot of mature themes that really are quite risky," he said at a round table interview, as reported by VideoGamer. "I'm not even sure if I'm going to be able to release the game, and even if I did release the game then maybe it wouldn't sell because it's too much. As a creator I want to take that risk."

"Video games as a medium haven't matured very much at all in the last 25 years," Kojima explained. "It's always about killing aliens and zombies. Not that I don't like those kinds of games... they are fun, but I think games have a long way to go before they can mature."

"Over the past 25 year I have tried to work with the Metal Gear series to introduce more mature themes, but really it hasn't gotten there yet. Compared to movies and books it still has a long way to go... That's precisely what I want to try to tackle with Ground Zeroes."

While he's aware that this approach may not be commercially viable, Kojima, honey badger-like, doesn't give a s***. "I'm approaching the project as a creator and prioritising creativity over sales," he stated.

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is slated for release on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. No release date has been announced.

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