Kojima talks MGSV theme and (now removed) filter for The Phantom Pain

Recently on Twitter, Kojima spoke about the themes in his games, mentioning MGSV’s theme as well.

Ellen Ulman’s “By Blood”. Protagonist finds himself being adopted & starts to search his bio parents. This reminds me of MGS1 theme, searching identity over DNA. In the mid of the story where he goes back to his parents ethnicity reminds me of MGSV’s theme of ID surrounded by RACE, and the last part reminds me of MGS2 where the theme of ID surrounded by MEME. Maybe.

All Metal Gear Solid games have identity as one of the most important themes, characters are often looking for who they are, or who they want to be, and about how they became who they are. Identity is shaped by many factors that were explored in the different games: genetic factors (MGS1), cultural factors (MGS2) and factors determined by (political) reality of a current time (MGS3) and now MGSV will explore identity shaped by race. Of course these things are not strictly separated and they intertwine, but they serve as a starting point for the themes in those games.

Kojima also talked about a specific filter they experimented with for The Phantom Pain, but that was ultimately scrapped because it was taking up too many recourses:

“RUSH” had very 70’s texture & tone of film. In fact we studied 80’s image & developed “80’s filter” for MGSV as TPP is placed in 1984. But when we actually implemented full screen effect, it was too heavy that slowed the system down so we had to take it out.

Source: Hideo Kojima Twitter

  • Cartmangus

    I’d be curious to see like an image of what the filter looked like

    • Nyxus

      Me too. A shame he didn’t take a photo of it.

      • Nekkedsnake

        maybe a limited edition MGSV will include a “making of” showing cutting room floor type footage

  • PrinceHeir

    i bet it was that Noir filter with the whole black and white thingy.

    in other news, it looks like former Snatcher developers are making their own game with David Hayter


    now this is something. we will see if David can actually act besides being the english Snake.

    • tokenflipguy

      He was Lupin in the ’98 dub of Castle of Castrilago.

    • Revenge of Anonymous

      You are absolutely retarded.

      • PrinceHeir

        lol so stupid.

        remove Solid Snake from David Hayter then who is he again in the VA business?

        these so called David fanboys are hilarious. it’s actually good he’s doing some new work aside from the English Snake.

        now we will see if he can actually act outside of his comfort zone. i really can’t wait if he still uses his MGS4 and Peace Walker and still says he’s a good VA lol.

        • Revenge of Anonymous

          There are so many things wrong with your judgement and sense of quality. People like you should never even visit this site.

          • PrinceHeir

            yeah it’s something wrong with actually judging one’s voice for quality?

            and people like you wonder why he got replaced LMAO.

            and sense of quality? please there are tons of English VA that are far more diverse and varied than him, but since you idiots think he’s the only one should voice the English Snake due to nostalgia factor and not giving others a chance like Kiefer Sutherland.

            and VA is not even his main job, he even admits he’s more of a script writer and director and that voice acting is his side job.

            it’s people like you that are actually blinded by nostalgia that clouds your judgement on what’s quality acting or not.

            is it wrong that finally he’s stepping out of his comfort zone? lots of voice actors that are amazing but don’t get their recognition they deserves, like

            Michael Gough(Killer 7 Dan, Jin Uzuki Xenosaga, Cam Clarke, Liquid, Kratos from Tales of Symphonia,),

            David Hayter only voices very few side characters(most of them are no name NPC’s) and out of a sudden he shoots to the top 10(some are even top 1 lol)

            i don’t hate David Hayter, i think he did a great job on MGS1 and MGS2, but it’s obvious he had a lot of troubles after MGS3.

            the only thing i hate is fanboys who try to think he’s one of the elites on the VA business. again if you take away his Snake role no one would even remember the guy.

            that’s why it’s actually good he’s doing other roles outside of his norm. maybe we will actually see if he can actually act?

            and i also find it disturbing on how some people say Kiefer can’t act like David.

            lol the guy has been acting since 1983 and is still active to this day. you telling me he isn’t as experience or more so as this guy who hasn’t done much outside of Snake?

            the only reason people hate Kiefer is because he’s from 24, which everyone automatically assumes Snake will turn Jack Bauer. people keep forgetting that he did a lot more roles other than Jack Bauer.

            actually people like you shouldn’t even be in this site since whenever a Kiefer Sutherland article pops out, all we’re gonna hear is “where’s David Hayter? or He’s the only Snake in my eyes!!”

  • crimsonfox

    I’m kind of glad phantom pain went have a filter. They usually make fans look bad, like the lost and damned (GTA 4)

    Metal Gear has never had filters, I think it would bother me more than anything. Especially since GZ doesn’t have one. Plus doing a filter for one decade and not the other seems kinda dumb.

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