Updated ‘Metal Gear Solid 5’ Box Art Removes Hideo Kojima References



It’s possible they cannot legally say anything until Kojima finally leaves after Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain comes out.

On Monday, Konami Digital Entertainment Inc., the game developer of “Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain“, has disclosed its plan to unveil the video game in the upcoming Gamescon 2015, Europe’s biggest gaming convention. The box-art also shows the “M” rating too. It will be interesting to see if and when Konami and Kojima will acknowledge this rift, and what both parties will do moving forward assuming this is the end of their long-term relationship. Regardless, it’s a depressing state of affairs considering Kojima has repeatedly stated he will be committed to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain up to the game’s release. Forbes’ Erik Kain called the move “ridiculous” in his opinion column on the matter, likening the decision to remove Kojima branding from The Phantom Pain to a “petty act by a spurned lover”.

This week’s issue of the Japanese magazine is going to include a huge coverage on the series and on the first Metal Gear Solid originally released on the first PlayStation console years ago.

This report couldn’t come at a worse time for Konami, as the company is already fighting off rumors of a visual downgrade with Metal Gear Solid V. The game will be releasing on new and old generation platforms, as well as PC. While you patiently wait for launch day to arrive, check out these 19 awesome details we noticed about the game and then give Konami’s 40-minute gameplay demonstration from E3 a look below. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has been years in the making, culminating to a boiling point of excellent stealth-action fervor starting September 1st on PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360.

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