There's a very touching 10 minute video of Hideo Kojima thanking fans and visiting some of the people he's worked with as they talk about the legacy of the Metal Gear franchise and the work that Kojima put into bringing it to life.
The video is hosted over on the official Konami channel on YouTube and it spans for just over 10 minutes. You can check it out below.
Kojima pays a visit to various staff who worked on the game, such as the voice actors and the composers, along with giving a little screen time to Geoff Keighley from The Game Awards. Each of them talk about the influence and importance of being a part of the Metal Gear Solid experience and wax poetics on Kojima's 28 tenure with the series under the Konami label.
There's also pretty touching moment where Kojima visits the home of a fan of the series and talks to the family about the fan, Sean Paul Gillespie. He was battling cancer and passed just a few days before Kojima visited his home. Nevertheless, Kojima still gave the family signed copies of the Metal Gear Solid games as a way to say “thank you” to the dedicated fandom of Sean, who Kojima states helped motivate the team with his inspiring letters during the crunch time of development.
Kojima ends the video stating...
Rest assured that I've been working on making MGSV the best it can possibly be, balancing and tweaking right up until the very end. Players will not be disappointed.
After thanking fans the screen fades to black.
It's a striking video that, in a way, seems to suggest that Konami and Kojima really are finished with one another. If Kojima is done with Konami then he's likely done with Metal Gear.
The game director has always aspired to making films and if there's any residual pay from the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain sales then I would assume that he might have enough to finance his own movie. The only question is: what sort of movie would Hideo Kojima make if he did get an opportunity to make one?
For now he can at least rest easy knowing that game reviewers and gamers alike have fallen in love with Metal Gear Solid V, and he's already a shoe-in for walking away with the Game of the Year Award at this year's award show.
It's strange to think that this is the last Metal Gear game for Kojima given that it's hard to separate him from the Metal Gear franchise, so I'm curious how well fans will adapt to new games in the series not directed by the legendary designer. I guess we'll find out now that Konami is in control and Kojima is out of the picture.