– Tom Heath
For those of you who are unaware, over the past few months Konami have been removing references to Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima from promotional material for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Earlier this week we shared how Kojima’s name has been removed from the game’s box-art.
While it has yet to be officially commented on by Konami or Kojima, it is widely known they have parted ways. Kojima’s Silent Hills collaboration with Guillermo del Toro for Konami has been cancelled, but a spiritual successor may take its place.
However, a sub-mission within The Phantom Pain’s prologue game, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, seems to imply that Kojima was aware of the impending split and wanted to thank his loyal fans while giving a jab to Konami.
The video highlighting the mission, first uploaded to YouTube by user timesplitter88 in March, takes place during the “Deja Vu” chapter of Ground Zeroes. In that chapter, players re-enact scenes from the original game, but timesplitter88 decided to capture the little aspect where Snake needs to find and “erase” all the other Metal Gear Solid logos scattered around the level.
If that wasn’t enough of a jab, whenever you find a Metal Gear Solid title that wasn’t directed by Kojima, the character Kaz says “hmm, that one doesn’t seem special,” and it won’t disappear.
Once you’ve found them all? Well, you’ll have to watch the video to find out. But be warned, if you’ve been a Metal Gear Solid fan since the beginning, you ought to bring some tissues…