Metal Gear Designer Slams Sony's Blu-ray

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Only a matter of weeks after its coronation in front of the tech-happy, HD faithful, Sony is now taking some serious heat for not packing enough space into its Blu-ray discs. Launching the complaint is Hideo Kojima, famed designer behind upcoming PlayStation 3 heavyweight title Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.

In an interview with Famitsu, mogul Kojima lambasted Sony for being a bit shy on the storage for its Blu-ray disc format. In that interview, Kojima was adamant that the game, which should be a titan, was simply not going to fit on Sony's HD hardware. "There's not enough space at all," he joked. "There's not enough space. We always talked about where to cut and what to compress." (Source:

Kojima added, "We're still not satisfied with the quality we can do. There's not enough space on Blu-ray." (Source:

It's a surprising statement, given the rather bulky size of the average Blu-ray disc. Most can hold about 50GB of data, far more than the traditional CD or even (former) competitor HD-DVD.

And yet, if there ever was going to be a game or franchise that didn't fit on Blu-ray, it would have been a Metal Gear Solid title. The series is lauded by many as art, with each addition to the series unravelling an often complex and intricate story. Of course, that's made many gamers mad in the past, with some criticizing recent versions of the franchise for being too 'movie-like' and less interactive than competing titles like Mass Effect.

As a result of Kojima's cuts, the English language track has been removed from the Japanese version of the game, and vice versa. So far, that's the only snip being reported, and probably isn't going to be enough to keep gamers away come June 12th.

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