The last few months of updates regarding Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain have been met with mixed feelings from fans, following the split of developer Hideo Kojima and Konami. While Kojima has said that he would stay on board until the game’s completion, the sudden removal of his name from the game’s official website and Metal Gear Solid 5 posters by Konami seemed to say otherwise.
In any case, the creator of the Metal Gear series, Hideo Kojima, has continued to provide updates on the game’s development, offering small snippets of what fans can look forward to. A recent tweet from him has shown a hint of what Snake may go through in the latest iteration of the series.
The latest tweet from Kojima shows a partial screengrab from Metal Gear Solid 5, focusing on a male character with a bionic limb. It bears a resemblance to the bionic arm that Snake has been shown wearing previously, but this one is blue. Additionally, it bears the word “Wisp,” which may be a reference to the drone weaponry from Zone of the Enders, another Konami and Kojima title. The bearer of the blue bionic arm is probably Snake, but what the significance of him having two different bionic arms is is unknown at this time.
Additionally, Dualshockers has released translated tweets by Kojima that were originally only released in Japanese, revealing some information on Konami’s plans for Metal Gear Solid 5 at the upcoming Gamescom event in Germany next week. According to the translated tweets, gamers can expect to see videos and gameplay highlighting the Mother Base, particularly focusing on its size and scope.
The split between Kojima and Konami was messy, but thankfully, Metal Gear Solid 5 was far enough along in production that it wasn’t cancelled like the ill-fated Silent Hills. Fans have had mixed feelings about the game following the split, especially after learning that Metal Gear Solid 5 could have microtransactions. Perhaps most surprising of all is the revelation that Kojima may have known well in advance that he could end up being fired by Konami in the future, and left hints indicating it in Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes.
Hideo Kojima continues to release updates to tease Metal Gear fans, all while Konami rushes to remove any reference to Kojima on the Metal Gear Solid V box art. It’s sad to see the team split up after creating so many amazing games, but with Kojima already planning on creating a new game with Guillermo Del Toro, it seems he’s more than ready to move on.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is scheduled for release on September 1, 2015 for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and September 15 for the PC.