A few more clues on Metal Gear Solid V’s story theme

Kojima provided some more clues on Metal Gear Solid V’s story theme. He’s been asking fans to guess it prior to the unveiling, but it looks like the correct answer hasn’t been said yet.

Here are Kojima’s new hints:

It’s June already, meaning E3 is approaching.

Question Gene(MGS1)→Meme(MGS2)→Scene(MGS3)→Sense(MGS4)→Peace(MGS PW)→???e(MGSV) Answer will be revealed in Pre-E3 on 6/6.

Theme of PW was PEACE. Paz/Kazu (both means peace) starred & was about deterrence as one of the method of keep peace in human society. The ending of PW was he/she’s chosen deterrence in order to keep his/her mother-base. Theme of V is “???e”. 2 characters in Kanji.

PW was about deterrence, & peace as theme. Story of MGS3 was about Cold War, &SCENE as theme. In MGSV will be about “??” & “???e” as theme.

So, to sum it all up:

  • it’s a four letter word
  • it ends with an e
  • in Japanese it consists of two kanji characters
  • it’s not love, fate, or hope

The theme will be revealed along with the new trailer on Konami’s pre-E3 show, on June 6th.

Source: Hideo Kojima Twitter

  • the-collector-18

    It’s got to be hate……. or maybe life?

  • Nekkedsnake

    VICE. I keep thinking its this word since its 4 letters and ends with an E. plus I tried to find a Japanese translator site and came up with this:


    Thought it was FATE but no dice hahah.

  • solidmatt

    Does “2 characters in Kanji” mean that the four-letter word in English ending with ‘e’ is spelled with two characters in Kanji or does it mean that MGSV theme of ???e is the name of two characters in MGSV, just as in PW two characters have names meaning peace? I know the latter is a more convoluted reading of what Kojima writes, but the the thing is, if you don’t read it this way the clues about PW don’t help at all.

    • Nyxus

      I think he means the Japanese word consists of 2 kanji. But who knows…

  • Anon


  • XIFF-5


  • PrinceHeir

    this is what i got


    it means “Name”

    either way can’t wait Kojima!!!!!!

  • ObsessedGeorge

    Maybe the theme is “To Live”. Here are some other 4 letter words that could make sense. Wake, Time, Free, Wage, (a phantom battle waged by the Vanished, with a capital V from the trailer).

    • Nyxus

      Hm, ‘to live’ is a good suggestion. It would make sense in the title sequence ‘not for love’, ‘not for the future’, ‘but to live’. Also, at the end of Peace Walker Snake implies he mainly does it to survive, to ‘see the 21st century’, so in that regard it would make sense as well.

      • BerserkerVTR

        To “Be free” maybe.

    • EamonX

      Free and Live definitely seem the most likely ones.

      Free – in that BB and his mercenary want to be free of government influence/control/manipulation
      Live – in that BB fights to live in a world era that is actively against him (what he said in the secret PW ending)

  • ObsessedGeorge

    You better read this! http://mgsforums.com/topic/7621640/1/
    It’s an amazing theory!

  • Name?

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