Watch Hideo Kojima’s Emotional Thank You to Metal Gear Fans

September 2, 2015 Written by Jason Dunning

Taking a different approach than the celebrity-filled video from the Collector’s Disc, a special Debriefing documentary-style video for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was posted by Konami.

Throughout the 10-minute video, you’ll hear from developers and others, as well as Kojima, who says at 1:15, “I don’t think anyone is capable of planning a series that spans 28 years. I always felt that every chapter I made would be the last, and nothing would follow. But, suddenly, before I knew it 28 years had passed!”

Later in the video at 6:40, Kojima visits the family of Sean Paul Gillespie, who died of cancer earlier this year at age 21. He talks about how he received an email from Sean in December 2014 and when he shared it with the development team, “it motivated everyone to complete the game.”

Following that up at 8:40, Kojima says, “The players are everything. Without them, nothing I do would matter. My mission is to exceed their expectations. It’s all that matters to me. Their energy brought me to where I am today. In that sense, all the fans have created this game with me. So I wanted to express my thanks.”

Finally, at 9:35, Kojima talks directly to the fans:

Rest assured that I’ve been working on making MGSV the best it can possibly be, balancing and tweaking right up until the very end. Players will not be disappointed. I am sorry it took so long… But I feel we’ve created something very special, and I hope everyone will enjoy it. Thank you all.

How far are you in The Phantom Pain?

[Source: Konami (YouTube)]