Last month, 24 year old billionaire and founder of Oculus Palmer Luckey departed from Facebook under mysterious circumstances. It’s still unknown why Luckey left the social media giant, but if his recent exploits are any indication, he doesn’t seem to be too broken up about it. Instead of sulking about leaving Facebook, and by extension Oculus, Palmer Luckey is attending anime conventions in costume as Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain‘s scantily clad sniper Quiet.
Luckey recently attended the Machi Asobi anime convention in Tokushima, Japan in full Quiet cosplay, complete with torn fishnet stockings, a skimpy bikini top, and the character’s signature weapon, a sniper rifle. Machi Asobi attendees that recognized Luckey as the founder of Oculus, or simply wanted to get a picture with a man dressed as Metal Gear Solid 5‘s Quiet, have been flooding Twitter with pictures of the cosplaying entrepreneur.
Luckey, who just returned to Twitter a few days ago to announce his trip to Japan, claims to have been cosplaying secretly for years. It’s unknown what other characters he’s cosplayed as at other conventions, but it’s clear that cosplaying is something he’s passionate about, especially since his excitement to do it saw him return to Twitter after an eight month absence.
Luckey’s social media silence came during a whirlwind of scandals for the Oculus founder. One issue he was facing at the time was a lawsuit with Zenimax over Oculus Rift’s virtual reality technology. The legal issues between the two companies persist, and Luckey has already paid out $50 million to Zenimax for violating a non-disclosure agreement.
Besides his legal troubles with Zenimax, Luckey was also under significant public scrutiny for funding the pro-Trump online trolling group called Nimble America. The actions of the Nimble America group reflected poorly on Luckey, and seems to be one of the primary reasons why he bowed out of the public spotlight eight months ago.
However, Luckey’s return to Twitter and his Quiet cosplaying may be a sign that he’s ready to become a public figure once again. And while his time at Oculus seems to be done, perhaps he will return to the game industry in some way, shape, or form.
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is available now for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.