After the fallout between legendary game creator Kojima and his longtime studio partner Konami, the final stretch of marketing for Metal Gear Solid 5 has been an interesting one. Controversary over the removal of Kojima’s name from the box art for the game further fueled the theory that there was no lack of bad blood after the split. The latest piece of advertising for Metal Gear Solid 5 was delivered by Kojima and brings a lot more blood to the table.
Thanks to gameplay trailers and lots of screenshots, we know that Metal Gear Solid 5 will be just as bizarre and surreal as the last few installments in the espionage franchise. We’ve seen a recurring image of Snake covered in blood in a few of the trailers and, from what we know about the game, it sounds like the action hero is in for a pretty physically and mentally taxing adventure this time around.
Kojima shared the following image on Twitter and explained that it is the final poster for MGS5. The image shows Snake and his new partner Quiet soaked in a serious amount of blood. The text isn’t in English, but Kojima offered the following translation as one of the game’s new taglines…
“Stained in blood, the aftermath of revenge.”
For anyone who doesn’t have a weak stomach, the poster is pretty fantastic. It looks like it is going to be a fan favorite, but unfortunately it is a short print run and will only be sent to a limited amount of stores this August ahead of the game’s release. We wouldn’t be surprised to see some of these end up on eBay early this fall.
Regardless of the drama between Konami and Kojima, it seems like a safe bet that Metal Gear Solid 5 will sell like crazy this fall and possibly even become a game of the year contender. The prequel, which featured some hints about the impending Konami/Kojima split, offered a solid gameplay experience and was only a fraction of the size of this game. It’s sad to know that this will likely be Kojima’s final adventure with Snake after so many great years, but we’re excited to see how the story ends.
What do you think of the final MGS5 poster? Are you worried the Komani/Kojima split will impact the quality of the final product? Let us know in the comments.
Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes is currently available for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will release September 1st for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One, with a PC release coming September 15th.