Hideo Kojima requested Metal Gear Solid V character designer Yoji Shinkawa to make characters “more erotic” in order to appeal to cosplayers and sell action figures, the developer revealed in a series of tweets.
“The character I asked Yoji to make it more erotic, this one may not be cosplayable,” Kojima tweeted earlier today, followed by an example of what he wants to see more of: a picture of character Quiet’s ass being flossed by her underwear/bikini (seen in the header image).
“The initial target is to make u want to do cosplay or its figurine to sell well,” Kojima stated in a tweet from the day before.
Because that’s exactly what I want—the narrative direction and main draw of characters in videogames (read: their objectification and value debasement through overt sexualization, since this only pertains to female characters) to be designed with cosplayers in mind or socially dysfunctional action figure collectors who want to get busy solo-style to a plastic doll.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be available on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, and Xbox 360 when the title launches (release window yet revealed).