Konami executives must have been delighted to read this particular interview.
Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima reckons that some of the themes he's tried to tackle in the upcoming MGS: Ground Zeroes are so risqu that the game might not even be released.
That's according to Videogamer, which doesn't specify whether or not the interview was conducted through a translator – although that is normally the way Kojima conducts interviews.
"Video games as a medium haven't matured very much at all in the last 25 years," Kojima stated in a round table interview. "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. Honestly I'm going to be targeting a lot of taboos, a lot of mature themes that really are quite risky.
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."
"I'm approaching the project as a creator and prioritising creativity over sales."