Hideo Kojima Says Goodbye To ‘Metal Gear’

Hideo Kojima has been working with Konami and churning out Metal Gear titles for past 28 years, and now, since Kojima has left the company under mysterious circumstances, he will be working with Snakes no more, according to Eurogamer.

The video is actually pretty saccharine in a bittersweet sort of way. It is basically a vlog of Hideo Kojima going around to people who have worked for him, as well as people in the industry briefly sitting with Kojima and lumping praise upon him. Not undeserved praise, as everything they say about Hideo does reflect the contributions that Kojima has made to the industry. Toward the end of the video, Hideo Kojima gives a brief summary of his career, and there is footage of him visiting a family of one of his fans, Sean Paul Gillespie, who tragically died of cancer before Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was finished. Kojima visited the family of Sean to illustrate how his desire to give the players of his games an unforgettable experience drives his creativity.

Konami included a dedication of the video to Sean at the end of that particular segment and hosted the video on their YouTube channel.

Hideo Kojima Says Goodbye To Metal Gear

Toward the end of the development cycle of MGSV: The Phantom Pain, there was turbulence between Konami and Hideo Kojima, which resulted in the iconic publisher and the legendary developer splitting up. Kojima was splitting his efforts between The Phantom Pain and a new Silent Hill game, Silent Hills, which is Konami’s premier survival horror franchise. A sort of demo/trailer was released last year that was produced by Hideo Kojima called P.T. After the split between Kojima and Konami, Silent Hills was scrapped, leaving Konami to promise a new Silent Hill project.

As a result, Konami seemingly tried to erase all trace of P.T. from existence. The only way you can still play Hideo’s intriguing horror title is if you never erased it from your PlayStation 4. However, GameSpot reports that the memory of P.T. and the Silent Hills that could have been will live on Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain as Hideo Kojima hid a P.T. Easter Egg in the game.

This is certainly not the last we’ve heard from Hideo Kojima, and might not be the last game in the Metal Gear franchise. The question is, will the two be as good without each other?

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