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Hideo Kojima Comments on Metal Gear Solid Rising

Decapitation-heavy PS360 title not "taboo" game Kojima Tweeted about in the past.

The only official screenshot of Rising that Konami released today.

After taking a shower and confirming that his Sony wristband is indeed waterproof, Metal Gear series mastermind Hideo Kojima decided to make a brief, but relevant, post about one of the big highlights from today's Microsoft press conference, Metal Gear Solid Rising.

In the post, Kojima described Rising as "a next generation, modern MGS" from a "young generation." "This is why I've passed the full baton for the creative side to Matsuyama (Shigenobu Matsuyama, Rising's producer) and other staff."

Based off this comment, it does seem that Kojima is taking a hands-off approach to the game design side of Rising. This, of course, would be fitting considering his role as executive producer.

In the same Tweet (yes, Japanese Tweets can fit quite a bit into the character limit), Kojima addressed an area that has become somewhat of a topic on Japanese blogs following Rising's gameplay footage reveal at the MS press conference.

Back in April, Kojima Tweeted about a mysterious game project of his, saying "The next project will challenge a certain type of taboo. If I mess up, I'll probably have to leave the industry."

The Rising trailer showed heavy use of decapitation, which is something that's usually censored from Japanese game releases. Is this the taboo Kojima was referring to in his April Tweet?

Kojima cleared this up today, Tweeting: "The thing that I in the past Tweeted 'It might touch upon a taboo' is a separate title, one that am doing game design and directing."

In other Twitter news, Kojima has been making posts about that darn wrist band, which will serve as the ticket into Sony's Tuesday morning press conference. In earlier posts, Kojima seemed a bit baffled about having to wear it a full day in advance, in particular since he apparently had some high profile dinner engagements to attend.

One follower pointed out to Kojima that those wrist bands are often given to patrons at outdoor concerts that span multiple days. Responded Kojima, "That's because you're wearing it on multiple days of the performance, so there's meaning for it. This is a ticket for tomorrow afternoon."

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