Metal Gear Solid: Risin’ Will Stand On Its Own
Kojima’s Shigenobu Matsuyama tells games Magazine that Rising is going to be its own thing, a true spinoff, and so no previous MGS experience is required.
“To answer you question about returning characters, we’re probably not going to show too many characters in Rising because, since it’s a new part of a series, we don’t really want to refer to and dwell upon the Metal Gear saga so much.”
“We want newcomers to the game to come in and play freely without needing to know and understand the background of the whole Metal Gear Solid universe. We don’t want to have it all tied up with the story from MGS2 or MGS4 and make it too complicated.”
So the stated goal for a new Metal Gear game is to not make it complicated. I don’t think my brain can process this.