Kojima elaborates on Metal Gear Solid V story themes

During Konami’s pre-E3 show yesterday, Hideo Kojima explained that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will have very heavy themes, giving the game a dark tone. The themes he mentioned are ‘race’ and ‘revenge’. Today, he elaborated on them a little more.

Answer to the question:Gene(MGS1)->Meme(MGS2)->Scene(MGS3)->Sense(MGS4)->Peace(MGS PW)->Race(MGSV)w/ last & biggest theme, RACE & REVENGE.

I’ll depict “Revengence” in MGSV but isn’t “Vengeance” that ends once killed. I’ll depict “Chain of Revengence” that lies b / w groups (race).

This false chain won’t stop and this “false spiral” will be carried on to next generation.

It seems this isn’t about the individual type of revenge that ends when one person kills another, but an ongoing revenge between races, that carries over into the next generation. It will be interesting to see how these themes are incorporated into the narrative of the game.

Source: Hideo Kojima Twitter

  • ObsessedGeorge

    I tried to understand the Revengence sentence but i got confused. He’s cryptic in his messages, and that translator of his doesn’t make things any easier.

    • Batzi

      Big Boss’ revenge won’t be specific to his era but will be affecting next-generations. Liquid and Solidus then Solid in MGS4.

      • Dhruv Rajyagor

        Don’t they all have a sense of revenge towards The Patriots? Last I checked (I never played MGS1, so don’t judge me, I’m gonna try and get it soon), only Big Boss was associated w/ The Patriots, but left after he found out he was cloned.

        If that’s the case, then the villains of MGSV are The Patriots…

        • Markos

          Just Zero/Cipher. Adam, Eva and Jack are/were also part of the patriots but they are not villains..

      • Nyxus

        “Liquid and Solid hunted down Big Boss, trying to sever the ties that bound them to him.” (Solidus Snake)

        “Conflict will breed conflict, new hatreds will arise. And our own biosphere will steadily expand.” (Liquid Snake on Outer Heaven)

  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    This ought to be interesting..can’t wait to here more about where Kojima is going with this; excited bout the game even though so little has even been shared about it. Wonder how far he will go with Race & Revenge since those usually make the top of the list for hot topics in ‘the war economy’ and other facades of life. Go Kojima-make me certain I will buy the game!

  • PrinceHeir

    “This false chain won’t stop and this “false spiral” will be carried on to next generation.”

    lol this basically confirms we’re gonna have more MGS series for next generation(possibly even for a remake of the two MSX games)

    aweosme stuff Kojima-san!!!!

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