Did Hideo Kojima Include An Epic Middle Finger To Konami In Ground Zeroes?

A recent video collage of an Easter egg in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes reveals that there may have been a bit of precognition going on at Kojima Productions, as they envisioned a future where the game logos would be detached from the Metal Gear Series.

It sounds strange, but Eurogamer did a write-up based on a video a fan put together from the Deja Vu missions in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. YouTuber timesplitter88 has the two minute video of the bonus mission involving erasing the games made by Kojima. Check it out.

The video is short and to the point, showcasing that all of the games Kojima worked on in the Metal Gear series have to be erased from within the environment. This is accomplished with players using the flashlight to erase the titles.

The trick is that only the Kojima titles are the ones that are supposed to be erased, this means that the games like the arcade title based on Metal Gear and Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes for the GameCube resulted in the player being told that those were the wrong games to erase.

After completing the little side-quest and heading to the helicopter for pick-up, players will have to erase the final logo on the helicopter... this cues an interesting message to players as they complete the mission...

You seem to be a fan of Hideo Kojima games. […] Thank you for all your support.

This news has caused quite a stir in the gaming community due to what's transpiring at the moment between Hideo Kojima and Konami. Apparently the two are separating and Konami has opted to remove a lot of Kojima Productions logos from the the Metal Gear Solid V branding.

In addition to this, it was also announced that Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro's Silent Hills – which was primed to star Walking Dead fan-favorite Norman Reedus – was also canned by Konami. They even took it a step further by removing the P.T. demo from the PlayStation Store; the demo worked as a primer to introduce gamers to the world of Silent Hills from the PS4.

Fans have now been at great odds with Konami because Hideo Kojima is a living legend whose name garners great respect from gamers around the globe. Basically, Konami giving Kojima the stink-eye is equivalent to Konami giving gamers the stink-eye.

With the Deja Vu mission giving a somewhat preemptive look at how things are turning out between Konami and Kojima, I'm curious how well Metal Gear Solid V well sell this September? Some people believe this is all a “work” (a term used in wrestling to give the impression that a storyline is a real-life event) but others feel as if this is just all part of a sad goodbye between Kojima Productions and Konami.

Will Usher

Staff Writer at CinemaBlend.