Here at Ubisoft it’s not often that we’re starstruck. We’ve seen our fair share of celebrities, both at E3 and elsewhere. (And, of course, we love meeting with them all!) But every now and then, we can’t help but marvel when faced with true gaming royalty. Once such moment happened at this year’s big show, when none other than Metal Gear mastermind Hideo Kojima strolled into our booth to check out The Division.
Now, that would generally be enough of an honor for developer Massive Entertainment and the rest of us at Ubisoft, but then this quote emerged from Japanese gaming site 4Gamer:
I thought it received a good reaction, but after seeing Ubisoft’s The Division I felt I have to work harder. At E3 we’re fighting against the powerhouses of the whole world. At one time I thought I managed to win that battle with Metal Gear Solid 3. For that reason we gave ourselves the objective to “win the world once more” with Metal Gear Solid V. The V in the title is the V for victory.
(Translated quote courtesy of our friends at DualShockers, who first spotted the story and posted about it.)
So how did Massive feel about to the visit and Kojima-san’s subsequent statement? “Very humbled and proud,” says Executive Producer Fredrik Rundqvist. “Kojima is one of the greatest creators in our industry. It was a real honor to meet him.”
It’s not just the admiration that’s mutual. When we asked if Rundqvist has ever been inspired by any of Kojima’s works, he responded enthusiastically: “Of course, Metal Gear Solid is one of the best IP’s ever!”
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