‘A Hideo Kojima Game’ back on The Legacy Collection on official site

After removing Kojima’s name from all promotional material, causing a lot of backlash from fans, Konami has suddenly re-added his name to The Legacy Collection on their official site. However, the name remains absent from the other games for now. The Legacy Collection’s artwork now looks the same as it did before the changes on March 19.

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This is what it looked like before:

Konami-Site-Kojima-Removal

It seems the Kojima Productions logo has also been put back on The Legacy Collection boxart, which you can see by clicking on the game from the product page.

MGS-Legacy-Collection-with-Kojima-Productions-Logo

Before and after (before-image via VideoGamer.com)

Furthermore, his name has returned in the product description for Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D (same goes for the Legacy Collection):

From the critically acclaimed director, Hideo Kojima, a new 3D experience re-imagined from one of the most popular METAL GEAR SOLID titles from the past, comes METAL GEAR SOLID SNAKE EATER 3D.

To be continued, probably.

Source: Konami, via MGS Collection, VideoGamer

  • NakedSnake85

    “The restructure of Konami was nothing but a smokescreen…we heard the rumours and then…uuugh They played him like a damn fiddle….
    Give it back this isnt right.. It was his.. He created damn it”

  • DarpaLT.Sigma_

    Hey Nyxus. The date for this article says April 2nd. That’s 2maro. Well guess no biggie lol

    • That’s because the site uses GMT+1 time.

      • DarpaLT.Sigma_

        Oh ok , you got it . Good work btw. I thank you cuz I come here at least twice a day

        • Thank you for visiting! 🙂

  • DarpaLT.Sigma_

    Finally glad to see Konami give their Kojima some credit, I mean it is his masterpiece after all 🙂

  • Golgari

    Very good start Konami. That is something.

    Now, give me back my Kojima Productions logo on both Lost Angeles and Japan studio. Also return on the other boxes too. We are not stupid.

    “To be continued, probably.”

    Oh yes Nyxus. It should continue FFS!

  • And we still have no official news on this. I’m gonna stick with bullshit until I hear from Kojima himself.
    Even if it was true, we still don’t know if it’s Kojima leaving or Konami firing.

  • vic boss

    This is so weird.

  • Plissken

    Unrelated, but Smash Bros. is having a fighter ballot open to vote for a fighter you want. If anyone who is familiar with Smash Bros. Brawl, you’ll know that none other than the legendary mercenary himself appeared in that. If you’d like to vote, here’s the link, the ballot is at the bottom of the page after you select a language
    http://www.smashbros.com/

  • AbdElRahmanSnake

    It was a long-term april fool so no one can see it coming

  • Vegas

    Not satisfied. I think the most important thing is to have “A Hideo Kojima Game” in TPP box. After all, is the game he longed for and it will be frustrating to noy having decent credits for it after waiting so much.

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    • RevolverRoden

      OK I really need to learn to start editing my posts instead of “deleting” them.
      Sorry for the spam :[

  • RevolverRoden

    Oh man…

    • Theo Heisenberg Constantine

      metal gear solid 5 the phantom fiddle.

    • Played like a Damn Fiddle

      Just a lame parody of Ground Zeroes cover I’ve done.
      The atrocious edit is intentional, BTW.

  • Project Siren

    YEEEEA

  • PrinceHeir

    Lol they noticed it’s useless to change things.

    Either way damage is done. Good luck Konami after MGSV TPP.

    • Korvus

      Konami is going to be just fine with good ole HK.

  • FMercenary

    Upcoming Stefanie Joosten interview?
    Yes infinity!

    • FMercenary

      Plot twist: April fool’s reply
      Hope not, lol

    • Shalashaska

      Dream.come.trueeeeeeee. Lets hope this aint a joke

    • Theo Cevallos

      The fact that she replied ‘…woud love to be interviewed by YOU’ must have Yong drooling

      • Crowstorm

        Now kiss

    • Alberto Sánchez

      This guy is really boring…

      • Nelson W.

        Yeah compared to…oh wait he pretty much has monopoly on MGS updates, analysis, and interviews on YT so there’s no other MGS guy to compare him with. So suck it. YongYea’s channel > MG Informer

        • This site doesn’t have the goal of competing with Yong, we do our own thing. A Youtube channel and a website aren’t exactly the same thing either. Yong has some things that make him unique and so does this site.

          • Nelson W.

            Sorry man, I didn’t mean it. The last part was just me being mad at the YongYea hater.

          • No problem, and if you prefer Yong over this site that’s your preference of course. 🙂

        • Alberto Sánchez

          So go there instead of being a jerk in here.

    • LuxAlike

      Yong?! This man…

    • kirtanloorii

      I’m so sick and tired of Yong. Who elected him to be the face of the Metal Gear community? Too bad @Nyxus:disqus doesn’t youtube.

      • Gatsu

        Nyxus would be godlike :).

      • Alberto Sánchez

        Yes, he’s kind of a walking joke.

      • Nelson W.

        Look like someone is jealous…

        • kirtanloorii

          Jealous? All of Yong’s videos are just copies of what he read here on Metal Gear Informer. I am not interested in his line of work, I just think that Fragged Nation does not need him.

          • Nelson W.

            “Yong’s videos are just copies of what he read here on Metal Gear Informer”. That’s one of the biggest reasons people are subscribed to him in first place. He provides MGS info in video format. And Fragged Nation definitely doe need him. Yong was the best interviewer out of the three in Troy Baker’s recent interview. I know you probably wish you lived in a parallel universe where Yong never existed and everyone can only get their MGS info exclusively on websites like this. But that ain’t gonna happen bro.

          • kirtanloorii

            I’m just curious to see if Yong is going to lose interest in Metal Gear after he plays MGS5. I would like him a lot more if he was not a for-profit youtube partner like pewdiepie.

          • Nelson W.

            I personally don’t care since I’ll be unsubscribing from YongYea a few months after MGSV comes out anyways. Kojima’s departure means that no Metal Gear game after MGSV will interest me enough to require trailer analysis or the frequent news updates in video or article format. That means that I’ll stop visiting Metal Gear websites like these too.

          • kirtanloorii

            I am still not 100% convinced that Kojima is leaving for good. So I will keep watching for a while. As far as Yong is concerned, if he is not too busy writing his own Wikipedia page, he will probably be showcasing some Nintendo game. He is trying to turn his own name into a brand.

          • Nelson W.

            Good for him. I wish him all the best.

          • TIHamm .

            Dudes Yong works for kojima, he’s a little too much in depth, like the video of Ishmael in the hallway

          • Kol Leqejza

            ur right. his news update are mostly originating from this site.

          • Nelson W.

            And that’s precisely the reason MGS fans subscribe to him. Most people rather have their MGS updates and interviews show up in their YouTube subscription box in a much easier and enjoyable format. He is the Metal Gear Informer of YouTube and more.

          • Kol Leqejza

            who the fuck is yongyea?

      • moto hellogoto

        He gives us information in video format and now he is giving us interviews with voice actors and it’s all free. What is there to complain about? He is good at what he does and that explains his success. Don’t be a hater.

  • Venom_Sina
  • Shalashaska

    This was no smoke screen, this was them having to prove their innocence. Call it what you will but the whole world knows this is what we call damage control. Unfortunately, this is the only way.. giving due credit to the games he has made in the past. My guess is that it’ll end there and they wont add his name to the coming masterpiece because he IS eventually leaving. If they do, we should credit them for setting aside their ego and actually doing it.. even IF it was for damage control.
    Change all you want but people gotta realize that this was no April Fools joke.. They were seriously doing it because Kojima was leaving.. and perhaps Kojima knew they would do that and thus the mission in GZ.

    Reading this comment in cipher or Ocelot voice makes it so much COOLER! 🙂

  • César H. Sandoval

    What kind of sick game is Konami playing?

    Seriously, stop acting like fucking childs, just have the guy’s name appear on the games he made, all of them!
    Re-estructure your studios if you want, but Kojima still directed those games for you.

    Phantom Pain better have Hideo’s name on my cover.

  • MrVux007

    aaaand Finaly I can say ….told ya so!

    • Diamond_Ocelot

      The hell are you talking about? Have you heard anything from Kojima for the last half a month? No? Guess why! It’s because Konami restricted their communication means. They also prohibited Kojima from appearing on promotional events. Converted KojiPro into contractors. Removed Kojima Productions as a whole. They tried to completely erase Kojima from history, and WE are the ones who have to apologize? Fuck you and fuck your opinion you shyster.

      • MrVux007

        i rest my case…

        • OhFiddle-Sticks

          The reason why the fans will buy this game is because it is the last game Kojima is overseeing personally. We knew it before this fiasco, we knew it after the release date when a lot of us decided to pre-order the game, and we still know it now. He still has control, as far as we know, but have you seen the response to the news Konami will be making new installments to the series that should be ending after TPP? Not at all positive. They’re backpeddling because for 27 years, “A Hideo Kojima Game” has kept Konami’s gaming market alive. That’s about a whole generation of players who know Kojima made what it is, not Konami.

          Konami knows this now and they’re trying to take back the stupid decision they made to take his name down. And your reasoning that his name was taken off as part of the restructure is pretty unfounded. They are still his games, as much as TPP is. And they have also been pretty shitty announcing the continuation of the series before TPP even comes out so erasing Kojima’s name seeming like a childish move is something a little more believable than as part of their restructure. What would the MGS games that came out over the course of the last 27 years have to do with an internal restructure of Konami that has more to do with personnel than with the games? And have they erased Kojima Productions’ logo from their other games, treating them the same way that they’re treating MGS?

          If you think the fans who are getting riled up about it aren’t also aware that this could be a Kojima ploy, however slim that possibility seems right now, then you give us too little credit. If there’s one thing MGS taught us, it’s to expect the unexpected and see conspiracies and hidden agendas in everything around us. And even if this is the case, we weren’t to know any better so apologising to Konami isn’t something we are obligated to do and getting angry with us for getting pissy on the information we have been officially given which implies the worst is a pretty stupid thing to say.

          • MrVux007

            1.The reason why people will buy this game is cuz it a Metal Gear Solid game….im first of all a fan of a franchise then secondly of a creator Hideo Kojima….by your logic people bought MGS3 n MGS4 cuz *it was a last Hideo Kojima game*not because they were AAA masterpieces ….
            2.Your forgetting that after TPP,MG1 and MG2 would likely be remade by KONAMI (an whoever is contracted to do the those remakes),thein reasons why they will most likely make those remakes cuz of loads and loads of retcons made by MGS games…hell even Kojima said that himself…
            3.Konami was in stable financial status before even Kojima arrived…what would happend to KONAMI if it werent for Kojima it is unknown,Kojima however was a small developer before he joined Konami publishing house,and its highly subjective what would happened to Kojima career if it werent for KONAMI (So both KONAMI and KOJIMA were dependent of each other).
            4.How is exactly my reasoning behind restructure unfounded? Did they took his name out of the games data?Did they discredited him publicly with a statement? OR did they simply removed his name(brand) and KJP (logo) until the legal mambo-jumbo is finished and start putting it back on?Unless you are *Sales and marketing*/*Company relation*/*Company manager* expert,i dont see your point…
            5. *And even if this is the case, we weren’t to know any better so
            apologising to Konami isn’t something we are obligated to do and getting
            angry with us for getting pissy on the information we have been
            officially given which implies the worst is a pretty stupid thing to
            say.* um mate so what kind of SOLID info do you have to make all kinds of treats,insults on KONAMI? and what kind of information did they give that implies the worst? let me quate KONAMI-s statements:

            A)*“As we have already announced, we are shifting our production structure
            to a headquarters-controlled system, in order to establish a steadfast
            operating base capable of responding to the rapid market changes that
            surround our digital entertainment business.”* (nothing bad stated here)

            B) *“Konami Digital Entertainment (including Mr. Kojima), will continue to
            develop and support Metal Gear products. Please look forward to future
            announcements.”(again nothing bad here either,they only implied the continued support for the franchise both from KONAMI and Kojima himself…also this could mean that Kojima could continue developing MGS games after TPP in *some shape or form* 🙂 )*

            C)*Hideo Kojima stated, “I want to reassure fans that I
            am 100% involved and will continue working on METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE
            PHANTOM PAIN; I’m determined to make it the greatest game I’ve directed
            to date. Don’t miss it!”

            In addition, KONAMI will continue to develop and
            distribute top-quality content in the METAL GEAR series following “MGSV:
            TPP.” We greatly anticipate and deeply appreciate your ongoing support
            for METAL GEAR*( and guess what nothing bad stated here neither…Kojima confirmed that he is still behind MGS (despite the rumors) and KONAMI will continue its role as the distribution element in the whole circus..and thanks the fans who piss on their head for no well-justified reason)….

            SOOOO those are my two cents/counter-arguments….using official info ONLY and fair judgement aswell

          • Old Liquid

            I’m not involved in this discussion…

            But you wrote a lot, and whether I would agree or disagree with your comment, I’m still gonna upvote it anyway. Just because you took the time to systematically respond back to each point, and stayed consistent. That, and it would be a shame for your comment to be left unnoticed, since it’s been a day, and it’s looking like those that were in this column section of comments that you were arguing with, probably won’t respond back to it.

          • MrVux007

            That is highly good/honorable from you,and i thank you for that Sir….but keep in mind you just up-voted a guy who is clearly in minority,by the way of thinking 😀

          • Gatsu

            We all got our own ways of thinking Vux 🙂 and have to agree with Old Liquid. I rarely see someone write so much in comments here :D. Although I don’t share any comments/opinions in this discussion either, it was still good reading.

          • MrVux007

            what can i say…. im a blabbermouth ^^

          • OhFiddle-Sticks

            We didn’t know that MGS2 and MGS3 would be AAA titles until we played them, and part of what kept the fans interested and confident in the, was the fact Kojima made them, especially after his non-involvement in the non-canon Metal Gear Acid games. By that point, he’d already made MG1, MG2 and MGS and established himself as the series runner and creator: someone fans trusted to get the formula right. The only major continuity error I’ve noticed in the series is Snake’s exile to Alaska after the events of MG2 which was not covered until the next game. Care to note any others?

            The only Metal Gear game I’ve heard Kojima reference as being probably remade is Metal Gear Solid and none others. He okayed a small group of people who wanted to remake Metal Gear, but nothing official by Konami or Kojima has been announced or hinted at.

            Yeah, when he turned up Konami was fine, but in recent years they’ve been under-performing in their other game franchises except for MGS. Why do you think he was slated to make Silent Hills? Why do you think Konami is so desperate to announce that they’re developing new MGS titles even before TPP has been released? Because it’s still one of their few highly popular franchises that they can probably milk cheaply for a decade. Even if they continue it on, do you think they’d really care about the source material or even get people who will put in effort into making these games? If we go by previous endeavours, they’ll hand it over to third party devs who’ll lazily copy/paste previous things into an eight hour game. Do I even need to reference which games I am referring to?

            I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: what does an internal restructuring with personnel have to do with MGS games made two to twenty-seven years before TPP? They are still Hideo Kojima games, they were sold as Hideo Kojima games with his name on every one and with all players knowing who made them. What Konami felt they were achieving removing his name from their site, I have no idea, but I know a restructure is flimsy means to get rid of it. And they haven’t even said it was part of their restructure anyway, so yes, unfounded. And judging by the evidence and past actions of Konami, not as likely as them just being greedy.

            All your quotes tell us nothing. They are just blank statements that explain nothing to any of us. Of course they don’t say anything bad, they don’t want us thinking there’s anything wrong. But if that’s the case, why is the communications blackout still in force? Surely a restructure is no reason for that either. So why? Why isn’t everything running business as usual? And why did they pick now of all times, in the middle of the development of the most important MGS game for Kojima and Konami would they decide to restructure themselves?

            Also, in none of these statements did it say that Kojima would support MGS games after TPP, just TPP. And his finally retiring from doing MGS games anymore speaks volumes about what he thinks should happen with the franchise. And how would he even support more MGS games since he is now no longer a Konami employee but a “contractor”? Why is he leaving Konami, who hold the rights to MGS, if he was going to support further titles?

            Your theory, while one of many possibilities, is just simply less likely than what a lot of the fandom has concluded. Actions speak louder than words, and that’s all we’ve been hearing from Konami: words.

          • MrVux007

            1)Im sorry but people where already riled up after the masterpiece called MGS 1,and there were plenty of promotion (especially MGS3) for those games,and people were really pleased what they seen in the demo-s they played before the release of those game (+ the reviews on the net, and in magazines)

            2)*The only major continuity error I’ve noticed in the series is Snake’s
            exile to Alaska after the events of MG2 which was not covered until the
            next game. Care to note any others?*

            With pleasure ;

            -MG2: Solid Snake changed Snake’s appearance from “Kyle Reese”
            -His appearance was retconned again with MGS, and again arguably in TTS/MGS2.
            -MGS2 established an age for Big Boss that was retconned in MGS3.Liquid says “Big Boss was in his late fifties when they created his
            copies.” But that would mean that he’d be around 100 years old in MGS4.
            To fix that the MGS4 database set his birth year to 1935, making him 20
            years younger. This one can’t really be explained, other than “Liquid
            made a mistake about Big Boss’s age”
            -MPO retconned details of Gray Fox’s background established in MG2: Solid Snake.
            -MGS4 retconned Big Boss’s death in MG2: Solid Snake.
            -MPO retconned Big Boss raising money to establish Outer Heaven, instead
            receiving it in one lump from Gene, who also inspired the Outer Heaven
            idea with a similar mercenary state.(yes i know it was confirmed non-canon later on)
            -MGS2 retconned the existence of two clones into three clones.
            -MGS2: Liquid took over Ocelot through the arm. He also has Liquid’s
            voice. MGS4 then says that it was all just pretending, and Ocelot has
            his original voice back. There are actually 2 possible explanations. 1:
            It was all a ruse from the beginning. Kojima simply changed his mind
            about the voice actor. 2: Ocelot really was possessed by Liquid., and
            that’s why he removed his arm. Only then did he start to pretend to be
            Liquid.
            -Raiden mentions a Dr. Madnar, but Dr. Madnar died in Zansibar Land. This
            is can simply be explained by saying it was a different Madnar, and it
            was probably just a Snatcher reference.
            -Some people see Vamp actually being mortal as a retcon.
            Personally I never thought Vamp was supposed to be immortal in MGS2.
            While the MGS universe had its share of supernatural characters (The
            Sorrow, Psycho Mantis, The End), I don’t think Vamp was ever supposed to
            be one. But only Kojima really knows so, it might have been a retcon,
            but we just don’t know.
            -Naomi is suddenly a computer wiz. I don’t know if this counts as a
            retcon. In MGS1 Naomi was a geneticist. In MGS4 she’s suddenly smart
            enough to program a computer virus, even if not to completion.

            -And (this in my own opinion) Big Boss personality in MGS4 compared to the one in MG1 and Mg2(where he was depicted as a strait on villain) is completely different

            3)*Yeah, when he turned up Konami was fine, but in recent years they’ve
            been under-performing in their other game franchises except for MGS. Why
            do you think he was slated to make Silent Hills? Why do you think
            Konami is so desperate to announce that they’re developing new MGS
            titles even before TPP has been released? Because it’s still one of
            their few highly popular franchises that they can probably milk cheaply
            for a decade. Even if they continue it on, do you think they’d really
            care about the source material or even get people who will put in effort
            into making these games? If we go by previous endeavours, they’ll hand
            it over to third party devs who’ll lazily copy/paste previous things
            into an eight hour game. Do I even need to reference which games I am
            referring to?*

            Again,i dont see how FINANCIALLY would KONAMI go down,they would centrally go down with popularity among gamers,but financially i highly doubt it mate

            4)*I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: what does an internal
            restructuring with personnel have to do with MGS games made two to
            twenty-seven years before TPP? They are still Hideo Kojima games, they
            were sold as Hideo Kojima games with his name on every one and with all
            players knowing who made them. What Konami felt they were achieving
            removing his name from their site, I have no idea, but I know a
            restructure is flimsy means to get rid of it. And they haven’t even said
            it was part of their restructure anyway, so yes, unfounded. And judging
            by the evidence and past actions of Konami, not as likely as them just
            being greedy.*

            Ok ill repeat myself, *Restructuring is the corporate management term for the act of reorganizing the legal, ownership, operational, or other structures of a company for the purpose of making it more profitable, or better organized for its present needs.*

            Wich means every,and i mean EVERY product,that that company has funded and published must be reorganized for *legal reasons*.That is why Kojima and his crew are legaly obligated to stay silent about the whole thing,(hence the communication halt) So if you change your company name to idk from KOJIPRO to Metal gear PRO,you must first take down your every promotional material for that product (even if its the same bloody name/brand) until all the paperwork is done,that is why they removed the BRAND *a hideo kojima game* and now returned it after that part is over,not cuz of the fans backlash…PS name me one publishing house/company that isnt *greedy* (—_—)

            5)Also, in none of these statements did it say that Kojima would support
            MGS games after TPP, just TPP. And his finally retiring from doing MGS
            games anymore speaks volumes about what he thinks should happen with the
            franchise. And how would he even support more MGS games since he is now
            no longer a Konami employee but a “contractor”? Why is he leaving
            Konami, who hold the rights to MGS, if he was going to support further
            titles?

            um ill re-insert the quote in case you havent seen it *As we have already announced,
            we are shifting our production structure to a headquarters-controlled
            system, in order to establish a steadfast operating base capable of
            responding to the rapid market changes that surround our digital
            entertainment business. Konami Digital Entertainment (including Mr.
            Kojima), will continue to develop and support Metal Gear products.
            Please look forward to future announcements.* pls note that they put the word PRODUCTS not PRODUCT (MGSV)…so likely Kojima will support and develop (after TPP release) other metal gear games/add-ons…..
            Its still not confirmed weather he is leaving KONAMI,even tho he is not at the VA position anymoar.Contractors can still develop and support the game btw…also have you considered perhaps that Kojima didnt want to work as an VA anymoar? thats also a LOT of work on his chest.

            7)*Your theory, while one of many possibilities, is just simply less likely
            than what a lot of the fandom has concluded. Actions speak louder than
            words, and that’s all we’ve been hearing from Konami: words.*

            My *theory* is highly objective mate…while from other people use more of a subjective thinking.Pls tell me,what kind of *action* should KONAMI do if they are not legally allowed to tell much(restructure process)?

            I stated my OP,cuz of continues un-mature behaviur from the fans toward KONAMI instead of giving them a chance to explain(until SEPTEMBER 1st) or (until RESTRUCTURE finishes)…polite critizim towards their action of restructure is always free to be done so,BUT making all KINDS of accuzations and threats towards them,makes this community no different then 8 year olds who scream while playing COD…(no offense intended ofc) once this whole mess is cleared up,and if KONAMI does end up being in the wrong here i would first tell them to *Go F themselves in their greedy-asses*…………BUUUUUT they are NOT in the wrong then they deserve a simple apology for receiving UNMATURE behaviur from the fans….but i do wonder (and i do hope this isnt the case) how will fans react if this is Kojimas doing(trolling) or even worse what if he did something legaly wrong which lead to this whole fiasco…

            Neverthenless people will still support him (so will in,on some degree…that is,depending if weather he was wronged or not) cuz thats why people are called FANS-FANATICS… again there is a difference between Polite/Normal/Mature criticism and (making death treats/accusations)

          • Old Liquid

            (-*MGS2 retconned the existence of two clones into three clones.*)

            Just to chime in here, while I agree that every Metal Gear game has employed their healthy dose of retroactive continuity (not necessarily going off your list), this particular point is not a retcon.

            Solidus existed in MGS1, being introduced in the ending credits. This is a common misconception, as Solidus is announced by name & character, referenced as the “third Snake” by Ocelot, in Meryl’s ending, and not at all in Otacon’s ending. (PS1 versions)

          • MrVux007

            yea,serves me right for getting that ending -_- sigh

          • A few things:

            – The difference in appearance, aside from the characters aging, can probably be attributed to the evolving technology used to create said characters.

            – Don’t see how Big Boss’ death from MG2 is retconned, in MGS4 Big Boss states that Snake has erased him two times before, so it still happened. Granted, he wasn’t really dead, but the same goes for his death in the first game.

            – Not sure if you should bring any MPO details, as Kojima stated they are off.

            – The third clone, Solidus, was already revealed at the end of MGS1.

            – It is believed that Ocelot never had Liquid’s voice, that was just to tell the players it was Liquid. In MGS4, he was voiced by Ocelot’s VA in the English version, and by Liquid’s VA in the Japanese, but that was because Ocelot’s VA passed away shortly before.

            – Naomi was at least able to program Snake’s nanomachines in MGS1. Either way, is this really a retcon? She could have gained this knowledge in between games or already have it in MGS1, and just not mention it.

            – Big Boss arguably wasn’t portrayed as a straight up villain ever since MGS1, and especially MGS3. Having said that it seems like in TPP we will see him become a ‘demon’. In MGS4, he has to face what he has done, his mistakes. That is not uncommon in MGS for a character to admit their mistakes when they’re facing death. Think of Sniper Wolf and Psycho Mantis for example.

          • Old Liquid

            ( – Don’t see how Big Boss’ death from MG2 is retconned, in MGS4 Big Boss states that Snake has erased him two times before, so it still happened. Granted, he wasn’t really dead, but the same goes for his death in the first game.)

            Thing is, MG2 allowed us to believe he was full-on dead. Like, Cobra Unit dead. And he was dead. MGS1’s theme & story. MGS2’s plot points. The villains, enemies, sub-character’s aspirations from these previous installments are derived from MG2’s fact. Kojima had no concept or idea of putting Big Boss in a nano-induced coma. That’s why it’s retroactive continuity. The fact that they came up with some convenient explanation for it in MGS4, is exactly what makes it a retcon in the first place. Granted, I also don’t agree with some of MrVux007’s list of retcons, but that one is pretty much truth.

            (- It is believed that Ocelot never had Liquid’s voice, that was just to tell the players it was Liquid.)

            Was that from Ryan Payton? I vaguely remember the source but the thing is, MGS2 contradicts that explanation. Ocelot’s hair extends. His right arm grows. He has two heartbeats when pointing the directional microphone. If that wasn’t enough, both Cam Clarke & Patrick Zimmerman’s voices were synchronized together when Ocelot was fighting for control of his mind in the Tanker. That can’t be logically viewed as “acting” via hypnotherapy.

            Their explanation is also patronizing to our intelligence. If it’s for the player’s benefit and Solid Snake heard Ocelot’s voice instead of Liquid the entire time, then “Who are you?” should not have given Snake that response in Ocelot’s default voice with “It’s been awhile brother.”, after calling out Ocelot’s name.

        • Sting’s Dad

          You are DEFINITELY a Konami employee.

          The Trojan Horse is in!

          • MrVux007

            yep,you got me…now if you excuse me i have a lot of gutting and planting bombs to do…

      • Gatsu

        No need for such behavior towards others here, people got different opinions and might not all agree with you. Relax.

        • Diamond_Ocelot

          So you’re basically saying that I shouldn’t express my opinion because some other guy expressed his opinion?

    • Mr.Pony

      Actually part of the reason that they put the name back, has to be because of the backlash, since the Kojima departure Konami has been is a full all hands-on-deck PR crisis. The other reason is because it is still in the best interest of Konami to have the previous MGS games being marketered as a “Hideo Kojima Game”, his name still sells and it would be very unreasonable for Konami not to take advantage of that from a financial position.

      • MrVux007

        and you know this how exactly? first people obliviously don’t know what restructure mean…*Restructuring is the corporate management term for the act of reorganizing the legal, ownership, operational, or other structures of a company for the purpose of making it more profitable, or better organized for its present needs.* so the reason why they removed *Kojima pro.* and *a Hideo Kojima game* logos in the first place,cuz there is a LOT of paperwork to be done,and holding his name and kojima productions logo during that time of restructure holds many loop holes in organizing the whole mess of restructure… first they need to finish up the restructure process of games before MGSV (Legacy,MGS3 etc) after the paperwork is done,they are free to return his brand name(A hideo Kojima game) and name of their sub-company (Kojima Productions) since they probably arent finished with restructure as a whole,that is the reason why they havent put the brands on MGSV sites yet…. also if you really think people wont buy the game just cuz they havent put his brand name on a cover box,you are dead wrong…he and Kojima productions are still credited in game as always…so far all of you are basing your opinions on unconfirmed rumor from an *employee*…

        • Mr.Pony

          I’m not basing my opinion on any rumor but on my knowledge of such matter, PR, re-branding, advertising, communication and such are actually what i work on so it’s a professional opinion.

          • MrVux007

            you have your opinion i have mine….all i know judging from the news today,this was all part of restructure…not some fan-backlash…people will still buy the game either way,and KONAMI will earn money just as Kojima san and his team will….and they know it to well…all of this fiasco is only adding to the game renown/popularity/controversy,

          • Mr.Pony

            Again it is not about the concept of making money, but about which strategy makes more money, and guess what keeping Kojima’s name is the one that earns more money, plus the fact that “saves face” for Konami

          • MrVux007

            what do you mean by *saves face* for konami? PS they would earn just as much as money weather they keep the name or not…. you can object all you want about that

          • Mr.Pony

            PR-wise, looks good for the public, shows that they don’t mean to erase Kojima from their history as a gaming company, something among those lines

          • MrVux007

            and when did they even plan to erase him from history of gaming? he is still credited as always,just as planned in the restructure…this article today has proven that

          • Mr.Pony

            Depends on the company’s climate right now, was it a friendly exit for Kojima? Was it not? If the board was angry at Kojima for some reason they might have wanted to erase his name from their products, and when said strategy backfired because of the backlash, they had to rethink the removal of Kojima’s name.

            And don’t trust Press-Releases or joint announcements on that matter. Those can from time to time sell the truth that they want, not the real one.

          • MrVux007

            Trust me if they have enough reason to *erase* him they would do it by now…PR announcements are official information given by the company,and that beats some rumor from some employe that ive never herd about nor does he have a solid alibi to give a legit information…so far they neither denied KOJIMA leaving KONAMI nor did they confirmed it ….but what they did announce 1 month before this,is the whole company restructure….and guess what everything is going as planned,they removed his logo/brand and now they will start to put it back after the restructure is finished(contracts processing and legal paperwork etc)

          • Mr.Pony

            No they wouldn’t, if they wanted to erase Kojima’s name this is the time to do it, with MGS almost done, at this point they could replace him for the final stage and wave him goodbye with a big fat payment. As for the lack of information, that just means they are withholding the information because they are still working on this whole thing. “The lack of evidence is not evidence itself” so this could go either way.

            Another thing that seems relevant as you pointed, is that they removed the logos and then put them back again as part of the restructuring, that’s just nonsense, if the plan was to leave his name in the first place they would have not even touched that, unless it was someone making a mistake originated from poor internal communication.

    • MichaelPayneV

      That’s because The Legacy Collection is “A Hideo Kojima Game”, when MGSV isn’t finished as Kojima Production, which makes it a Konami Game.

      Simple.

      • MrVux007

        so far, yes,it is a KONAMI game,since that is the in copyright law…

        but when the game is finished they will be credited as a Hideo kojima game created by Kojima productions team(credited in-before the game starts….published by KONAMI…developed by …etc etc….)….he is still credited as a Director/Producer/Writer Game designer
        in MGSV….along side his whole team of Kojima Productions in-game…
        you do realize its against the law to not put his name and the names of
        other people of Kojima prod. in the credits…and that mistake would
        cost them their company name an probably millions and millions of
        dollars worth of law-suits….they are not that stupid…PS puting his
        name/brand and the KOjima productions logo on the cover art also costs
        KONAMI money(NOT KOJIMA)….on contrary Kojima and his team earn lots of
        money from those logos(that they get from KONAMI-s pocket)

        • MichaelPayneV

          It depends, if MGSV is not finished before Kojima Productions doesn’t exist, then it won’t say “A Hideo Kojima Game” or Kojima Prod. since Hideo wasn’t a Konami employe by the time MGSV has gone Gold.

          TLC is already a few years old, so it actually didn’t made any sense to remove his name from there, even if he left, that was released as “A Hideo Kojima Game”

          Do you understand what i’m trying to say?

          • MrVux007

            yes i do understand what you saying,but as far as we know (from REAL official information) he is still a KONAMI employe since neither KOJIMA nor KONAMI said that he or his team are not part of KONAMI anymore…all that we herd so far are rumors from some random guy…. and judging from this news today,my point is getting closer and closer…

          • MichaelPayneV

            Good point.

            Anyway let’s hope for the Best, and if Hideo really left, then let’s be happy for him making time to finally make his dream reality, the one of being a Filmmaker.

          • MrVux007

            (fingers crossed) i would definitely watch his movies (even if they are over 3 hours long) ^^

          • MichaelPayneV

            Especially if they are 3 and a half hours long, theoretically he knows how to hold a Camera, how to move it, he would be a great Handheald Director, when mostly Digital Video Game Directors are great grounded Directors who have still shots and move the camera only so rare, like the Big David Fincher, which by the way i’m huge fan of.

          • Mr.Pony

            It actually might still say “A Hideo Kojima Game” if they signed some kind of agreement or work order (which probably they had) before starting MGSV

          • MichaelPayneV

            True, true.

    • Shalashaska

      I will apologize for falling for a joke. BUT THAT is IF it is joke which I HONESTLY DO not think it is.
      Not because they are unconfirmed rumors… they are pretty confirmed as of April 2nd… So its not a joke.. and even if it was a joke till the game’s release then I stand corrected.. but I REALLY doubt we’ll see a change. Yea they may put it back now because they know what a stupid move it was. Reconstructing must be hard but its simple, Kojima is leaving, it’s their franchise cause they own the rights to it. So they are using their chance to gain the publicity and marketing they need by keeping konami tags on and removing any Hideo Kojima tags/marks. They own KojiPro anyways, all they are doing is calling it Konami’s now and not Kojima’s because he is leaving.
      The thing is that its normal and expected for such things to happen because kojima is leaving. WHAT THEY MESSED UP is HOW they treated the whole situation. They kicked Kojima and told his followers “its our game and not his, deal with it” and then announced “you know we’ll make more mgs games so dont be afraid theat kojima is leaving, we plan to keep making mg games and taking your money” and then went on to announce that they ARE ALREADY LOOKING FOR STAFF FOR THEIR NEXT GAME? Seriously ? Who ever their marketing handler is, is A HUGE DUMB ass…They got impatient to earn from this and the NEXT game .. telling the fans “dont worry, we have more games coming to you for your money and we’ll take your money by kicking you fav director and we’ll be hiring for the NEXT game before the current game is over … so dont owrry you’ll have mg series in your life every year till you die because we are just so damn greedy and we only got mg series ”

      That, my friend, is where they messed up. They could’ve simply kept the things how they are and merge KojiPro rather than acting like they have destroyed it (the fan’s fav game dev team) and are looking for more people to do their games in the future.. and with that given the respect to Kojima that he deserves and everything would be fine.. but oh no no no.. got to greedy, impatient.
      Kojima probably knew they would do this like as if “a Hideo kojima Game” was because of his contract.. either way.. even if he did.. they shouldve used their minds and been smart. 😛

      If im wrong about ANY of this, i will sincerely apologize To Konami. I aint a proud and arrogant man, im not trying to sh** on konami.. Im just saying how i think it went down.. and simply saying why and how i think it was mishandled.

      • MrVux007

        *They kicked Kojima and told his followers “its our game and not his,
        deal with it” and then announced “you know we’ll make more mgs games so
        dont be afraid theat kojima is leaving, we plan to keep making mg games
        and taking your money”*
        mind posting an article or any kinds of solid evidence behind that KONAMI action/statement?

        Yes they are looking new staff,wich doesnt neceseraly mean that they kicked KOJIMA and his crew out of KONAMI,Kojima did state (if he is to be trusted) that MGSV will be *truly* his last game,wich is fine completely.So KONAMI is starting to prepare just in case KOJIMA wants out to work alone….he is still an KONAMI employe,until its confirmed otherwise

        *telling the fans “dont worry, we have more games coming to you for your
        money and we’ll take your money by kicking you fav director and we’ll be
        hiring for the NEXT game before the current game is over … so dont
        owrry you’ll have mg series in your life every year till you die because
        we are just so damn greedy and we only got mg series*

        Um,what will happend after Kojima departs from MGS…it might be bad,might be
        good and just maybe we might get a person who will surpass Hideo
        himself…not every company that lost his diamond, turns out to be the
        next Ubisoft or Activision…or EA for that matter of financial greed
        …I miss the days when fans used better judgement towards some
        topics/events …again i implore to wait until September 1st….that is how much time they have until they finish the restructuring the whole company,but judging from this news,it might happened much before that date.

        • Shalashaska

          Im not saying those were their words, But thats what it felt to fans; Thus the huge uproar.

          EXACTLY THEY ARE STARTING TO PREPARE AND YOU DONT DO THAT BY TELLING 15 year old fans that its no more KojiPro and by disrespecting Kojima.. Get what Im trying to say ? Yea they havent kicked out KojiPro , but the fact that they went to blatantly say that they are ALREADY looking for staff, gives people the vibe that they dont care about kojipro or kojima.

          What better, saying what they did. Or saying something like “Dont worry, we are restructuring, the KojiPro team has Merged and is called konami now, dont worry .. your fav team is still existing” .. something like that.. some positive amidst the negative news that kojima is leaving… but nope.. they went blatant. Its like going to a funeral and telling the person who lost family to shut up and deal with it because people everywhere are dying.. their handling of situation was OFF. JUST OFF.

          Perhaps we will but for that Konami has to PROVE it’s worth. And nobody is going to believe it is worth anything until their next installment is just as good as Kojima’s masterpieces. Have you played PES2015? Its a fox engine game.. i highly suggest you to play that game if you think Konami wont be like other companies, in hurry torush their games out for money. Yup. PES was rushed out. INFACT, they even said it themselves “we didnt have enough time to make the konami stadium creator in the fox engine so we left it out this time”
          And those are their words, not mine.
          I hope when the time comes, they dont turn into game companies like we have nowdays which are in hurry to make more games in wuantity rather than Quality. Lets hope. Something like this can/may change over the years and we just have to wait and see what konami does, does it make quality games or quantity ones.

    • Not saying you’re wrong but, the supposed insider source that spoke to GameSpot did get some things right. LIke the communication block for example. Also, he stated several KP staff are now working as contractors, and a few days ago Ken Imaizumi’s LinkedIn updated to contractor at Konami as of March 2015. So even if a restructure is the reason behind all of this, some things just seem weird. As far as we know, the Gamespark interview was legit. Also, if it’s just a restructure it still doesn’t really explain why Kojima and his staff aren’t allowed to tweet or appear in the media.

      You’re right that we should be careful with rumors and drawing conclusions though.

      • MrVux007

        as i said restructure is legally heavy when it comes to the whole process….and we should wait more time until the whole things is cleared up….

        • Well maybe they should have been a bit clearer themselves then. The complete silence is what makes people fear the worst.

          • MrVux007

            well maybe they didn’t see it as big deal at the time… maybe they still don’t,my point being,people are going waaay to hard on KONAMI right now without knowing any proper SOLID info… i haven’t seen a single comment that said *Maybe Kojima did something wrong*,nope it has to be KONAMI…that is why urge people to be better then that,to use better judgement….compare this as a yet another Sutherland situation…people bitched (and still do) about the VA swap,but once they actually herd his voice acting they gave him a chance ….the same thing is with KONAMI,we should wait for more info(official statements from Kojima at least)…

          • Maybe they didn’t expect this reaction, indeed. But that’s still a bit dumb. Hideo Kojima is one of the most prominent and famous designers in the entire industry, and they have been emphasizing his importance for years, especially when it comes to Metal Gear games. Now they can’t act as if Hideo Kojima isn’t all that important all of a sudden.

            And they should just have provided more clarity from the start instead of just suddenly changing things without any explanation, leaving people guessing as to what could be going on. And the fact that they silenced Kojima and his team doesn’t really help. How did they expect this would look?

    • invader_skoodge

      Geez…you sure are quick to throw people under the bus. Let people decide how they feel about a Kompany(see what I did there.) without having to be called out on it. Even if this is a “joke” and thing go back to “normal” I think everyone is reserved the right to feel how they want about KONAMI. And don’t do anything in “the name of good fans” because I don’t think your views represent this community.

      • MrVux007

        Touche mate..touche

    • Gatsu

      Not sure why they returned it, maybe because of the fans or maybe not.

      I love Kojima and all the work he has done. But imo some fans went overboard with all the f*ck you Konami things, without us knowing for certain what’s been going on over there. Sure we can speculate but can’t be 100% certain.

      • Shalashaska

        I didnt immediately get angry.. i just sorta expected it you can say.. although.. i do remember getting angry later when they announced for new staff and all.. and when they cancelled KojSta…what can i say.. im such a calm and peaceful person xD

        http://25.media.tumblr.com/2d3616eb00e249a6497fab658733e13b/tumblr_mn2v56tpyz1sqvibto1_400.gif

        • Gatsu

          Lol ;), me too. Nice gif btw! I rarely get angry but some of this new info we’ve been hearing gave me that feeling, like the new staff and Kojima leaving etc.

          But then I remember Kojima saying this is his last MGS and he most likely means it. So he gets to do other things he has wanted to do for long time. Some things that really bothered me about all this is that why they didn’t wait after TPP release? What reason could that be, I dunno :). Also Koji/Toro Silent Hills not happening made me sad/angry :(, well assuming that Kojima really leaves Konami after TPP.

  • Golgari

    you wanna laugh your ass a bit? Well, no problem. I searched a bit for some spam and looked for the old MGI articles and found this: http://www.metalgearinformer.com/?p=2136
    30 August and 2012… Oh Nyx. That was so cool back then xD I love you.

    Konami forgot a little bit… Kojima Productions is still there. KojiPro is immortal and with us! If you click to home page you will see “A Hideo Kojima Game”, KojiPro logo and everything else too.

    http://www.konami.jp/mg25th/fox/index.html

    • Joaquin Romero Victorica

      Ground zeroes is the mirror of Tpp . Just like the Phantom pain therapy . Reflect something we dont see in real life . Is the illusion to keep us thinking this is reality .

  • Ninja_Se7eN

    Alright, that’s a start. Now let’s see Kojima’s name back on Ground Zeroes and TPP as well!

    • MrVux007

      as soon as the restructure is over,im sure it will be back ASAP 🙂

      • Shalashaska

        ok ok.. wait.. you think they removed this because of restructure? TRUST me, if they are smart, they’ll put it back.. but im sure it wont be because restructuring got over, buddy 🙂
        And dont you think they’d be honest at first if it was actually taken out because of reconstruction ? They didnt say anything about WHY they have taken it out. Instead went “Fans, we’re letting go of kojima, kojipro and hiring new people for your next mg game, OH JOLLY, isnt that fun and awesome”… who says that ? :/

        • MrVux007

          your obliged to your subjective thinking….ill stick to facts(objective thinking) for this scenario

          • Shalashaska

            we’ll have to see what happens of this on sept 2nd 😉

          • MrVux007

            yep 🙂

        • MrVux007

          im sorry i didnt see any statement from KONAMI that they are *letting go* of Kojima and his crew….and restruction(NOT RECONSTRUCTION wich is an entirely different term in company management) is heavily legally bound(they cant tell much,cuz of legal reasons)..however once the restruction is over,they are free to make a public statement about it…until then it must remain Hush-hush….

          • Shalashaska

            Exactly. They probably didnt go and fire all of them but they did a stupid thing of telling everyone that they are looking for more people for their next game when there is already a game in the making. That is disrespectful. Its like ..imagine.. your working for a company and its a small one. There’s only 1 place for an accountant.. and your boss goes and send out a message in the papers that an accountant is needed.. hows that gonna make you feel ? YUP, THAT is what Konami did wrong. EVEN if your boss wanted two Accountants instead of just you and he wasnt ever going to fire you from the beginning.. it would still be pretty shi**y :/
            They should’ve waited. Got too excited.. maybe they feared that they’d lose fanbase if they let people believe that this was the last MG game so they wanted it to be out there soon, that it wont be the last mg game.

          • MrVux007

            thats is highly subjective mate….

          • Shalashaska

            Im not basing this of my feelings for Kojima. Konami is a company that earns in millions… They should know how to handle their words and their actions. They should know the consequences of what they will say and do. They should know the effect it’s going to have on the fans and how it will effect them… there is a reason business psychologists exists 😛

          • MrVux007

            western and eastern societies have different kind of thinking…for them this is completely normal…for others not so much

  • moto hellogoto

    A wrong has been righted. Hopefully this is permanent and not something temporary just to shut the fans up.

    • MrVux007

      the fans will *talk* no matter what KONAMI do 🙂

    • Gatsu

      Yeah, it’s nice that the name has returned. Maybe people can stop raging now so much.
      Not 100% sure though why it was removed in the first place.

  • NakedSnake85

    off topic but cool none the less
    anyone still playing Mgs2?

    • no but i was planning to replay it

    • Javier

      I played it only once. I tried to play it again but I find it very boring.

    • MrVux007

      i play the PC version here and there….still brilliant

    • Chris Jackson

      Define “still playing”… I still pick it up plenty of times, but I’m playing other games too. One of my favorites though. I keep looking back to how psyched I was for that game. I never got 100% in Substance, but I did in the first MGS.

    • Ventris

      I don’t have PS2(or any playstation) anymore 🙁
      Can I buy this game for PC digital download somewhere?
      On Amazon there is physical copy but i would like digital download…

      • Mr.Pony

        I don’t think there is a digital one, it’s either physical copy if you can find one, or a pirate one which may think easier to find. If i recall they launched for PC but didn’t put much effort in promoting for that platform, also i think that the productions numbers for the PC version were very low compared to the PS2

        • Ventris

          Thx for info, thats what I thought 🙁

    • Gatsu

      I still play it once in a while on my PSVita :D. As I gave my PS3 to little bro and HD collection so I can’t play it on that anymore. Gotta teach the younger generation the epicness of MGS y’know ;).

      But I got so many other games to play, upcoming ones also and stuff to do that it takes much of my time.

      Getting back to it always feel cool :), it really was incredible game and ahead of it’s time. Well it still is incredible! Oh maaan, I sort of miss my PS2 :(…I don’t even remember what happened to it lol because don’t have it anymore.

      • NakedSnake85

        is that you big boss 88?? yeah metal gear solid 2 was something special for me 2 back in the day.. iwas byuing magazines for news psm and the oficial playstation magazine everymonth prior to the release.. well it came out.. i disliked raiden at first tbh.. but i really liked him as i replayed it multiple times.. thats why i hated raiden in 4.

        • Gatsu

          Yes it’s me :D, but I changed my name a while ago ;). I use Gatsu now and sorry if I didn’t tell you also about changing it XD.

    • prothy

      I play it all the time, honestly. I also wanted to 100% all the missions but I just don’t have the power to go through everything so many times… Nice work, MGS2 is my favourite.

  • invader_skoodge

    **off topic**
    Look what I found at the store. The original Snakeeeeee!!

    • Chris Jackson

      I didn’t know those existed! Gotta get one just for the sake of Metal Gear inspiration!

    • Gatsu

      That’s so cool 😀 !

  • PrinceHeir

    Here’s a good article about Akio Otsuka and how he’s likeness has been used for all the Snake roles he played.

    http://kotaku.com/the-man-who-brought-solid-snake-to-life-1695205383

    I already told people Kojima used his likeness, but they never listen.

  • MichaelPayneV

    It’s about time, it didn’t made any sense to remove it from The Collection as this thing has gone Gold and was released way before the Fallout, as for MGSV if Hideo isn’t a Konami employe by the time it goes Gold, then of course it won’t say “A Hideo Kojima Game”

    But yeah, it should be back on Ground Zeroes, it was also released before this.

  • ominonarepus
  • Lefta_Gaming

    Lefta_Gaming on YouTube. Check it out and subscribe!!

    What is honestly going on with Kojima and Konami.

  • Amir

    In other news, they still continue removing his name like he never had existed:
    http://i.imgur.com/TU1Usqf.jpg

    • It now mentions Kojima again though:

      “The Zone of the Enders HD Collection marks the return of two fan favorite PS2 games from Hideo Kojima, Zone of the Enders and its sequel Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner. Arriving on Xbox 360 and PlayStation®3 in a fully remastered, high definition format, the games feature the engrossing storytelling of Hideo Kojima paired with thrilling robot fights in a futuristic interplanetary setting. Players control fast and powerful mechs (robots) known as Orbital Frames to blast their enemies into oblivion.”

      https://www.konami.com/games/zone-of-the-enders-hd-collection/?age-verified=22c516f351

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