Following Kojima’s unexplained departure from Konami, and the outright removal of Kojima’s name and logo from the cover of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, “Kojima” has become a bit of a “he-who-must-not-be-named” when it comes to anything Konami.
So when Nvidia makes a Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain GeForce GTX bundle, and gives sole credits to The-studio-that-must-not-be-named, it’s exactly the kind of Kojima-based branding Konami is trying to avoid these days.
Offering the game free with qualifying GeForce purchase, the site calls it “the latest mega hit from Kojima Productions.” While this is by no means a false statement, it’s hard not to be double-take at the unabashed usage of a studio name that has been all but wiped from the game’s branding, without even a nod to Konami included.
If you, like Nvidia, are a fan of bold Kojima branding, you can print out this Kojima-filled alternate cover for your copy of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Or just print it out and put it on your fridge. Or print 10 out and cover your little siblings in them. The choice is yours.