Konami is aware that most fans have a profound dislike for the lengthy and convoluted cutscenes of the Metal Gear Solid franchise. So, did they ask Kojima to tighten it up, maybe stick with audio logs and environmental storytelling? No! They hired a bunch of directors to tell gamers how dumb they are for not enjoying Kojima’s masterful storytelling! Because that will make us all okay with however many cutscenes Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will have jammed into it.
Seriously, they have quotes from everyone from Guillermo Del Toro to respected cult filmmaker Shinya Tsukamoto to Norman Reedus, for some reason. These are text bits posted on the site, and they’re almost ridiculous in how hyperbolic they are. “Metal Gear Solid‘s cutscenes will make you a different person.” No, seriously, somebody says that: Admittedly, it’s Tsukamoto, who is lovably insane, but still. Never have so many acclaimed individuals embarrassed themselves so thoroughly.
It has the smell of being defensive and truthfully it’s hard to blame Konami for trying. Kojima is pretty much their AAA console meal ticket, and Metal Gear Solid is their sole enormously popular franchise; it dwarfs Castlevania and even their popular soccer games. The company is largely in business, at this point, because it does very well in the mobile market, and honestly, it’s not entirely unlikely that Konami will be a mobile-only studio within a decade, the trend for many Japanese developers.
But, until then, Kojima isn’t just their best developer, he’s their star and the face of the company. The urge to just give him what he wants and hope he doesn’t embarrass anyone too much actually makes practical sense. But paying celebrities to gush over him seems just a little excessive, even if it is tucked away in a corner of the website. Let Kojima take his razzing, Konami. It’s not like we’re not all going to be playing the game anyway.