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Did Hideo Kojima Predict His Fallout With Konami?

by William Schwartz

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The long-running relationship between Hideo Kojima and Konami has overseen the release of one of gaming’s most popular franchises, Metal Gear Solid. Unfortunately, the now infamous fallout between Konami and Kojima has dominated news in the build-up to the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

After what is assumed to be a major falling out between both parties, Hideo Kojima will be ending his long and successful relationship with the Japanese publisher, after the release of his final Metal Gear Solid title.

Thanks to eagle-eyed YouTuber timesplitter88, a suspiciously coincidental Easter egg might suggest that Kojima was subtly documenting the fallout all along, in what would be the most Hideo Kojima thing that Hideo Kojima has ever done.

“You might be able to erase the markings, but the memories will never disappear…”

In one of the Deja Vu missions for Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, players are tasked with removing the logos of every Metal Gear game directed by Kojima. Upon doing so, Kaz Miller rings Solid Snake to congratulate him, stating “You did it. You erased all the markings. But every one of them will always be with you.”

He adds, “You might be able to erase the markings, but the memories will never disappear…”

This is especially odd, given the recent story that the Metal Gear Solid V box art has had all mention of Hideo Kojima and his studio, Kojima Productions, completely removed.

A subtle hint from Kojima or an incredible coincidence?

It seems a little too convenient.

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