Kojima addresses criticism over MGSV's 'sexy' Quiet character

Metal Gear Solid creator says he designed the female character "as an antithesis" to "excessively exposed" characters from past fighting games.

Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima has responded to recent criticism concerning the intentionally "sexy" depiction of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain's female character Quiet.

In a string of tweets recently, Kojima told fans that there is a contextual reason Quiet--who never speaks in the game--was designed the way she was.

The depiction of Quiet has not been without controversy.

In a series of tweets last week, Kojima said he directed MGSV's art director to make some of the game's characters, including Quiet, "more erotic" in an effort to encourage cosplay and promote figurine sales. He has since clarified these tweets, saying "sexy" was a better word to use.

"What I'm really trying to do is create unique characters. One of those is, of course, Quiet. She's a really unique character. I wanted to add that sexiness to her," Kojima said. "It wasn't really supposed to be erotic, but sexy."

Halo designer David Ellis took issue with the depiction of Quiet, calling the character design "disgusting" and evidence that the game industry is "full of man babies."

GameSpot recently attended a live demonstration of Metal Gear Solid V prologue Ground Zeroes at Kojima Productions' new office in Los Angeles. Check out GameSpot's impressions for more.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Dieknochenblume
Dieknochenblume

The only thing Kojima can twist about Quiet's appearance that will make "everyone" ashamed, is if he/she/? is an important male character, transitioned into transgender and that now wants to show her new body for some ideological reason. There is no other way to explain a female soldier in a bra. 

If she were exposing her skin on purpose for her hyper speed technique, then she should be completely naked to make the most of it and not care at all for being invincible. 

So... I'll bet on the trans twist. 

Kinren1
Kinren1

A lot of guys are going to go limp when they find out she is transgender.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

Those little shirtless African boys are wearing less clothes than the woman?  There will probably be lots of shirtless dudes, all dressed less than she is.  What is the big deal?

TakosKon
TakosKon

In reallity she is f......ing  sexy!!!

Tyler50314
Tyler50314

Well, it is a mature game. I'm so sick of reading shit like this. The people raising cane about it are the same ones that let their 12 year olds play GTA V and get mad because the game 'curses too much'. People as a whole love nudity and sex, it's a natural human thing. I miss the days when nobody gave a flying f*ck.

nameaprice
nameaprice

anyone up for some hot coffee ;)

Jamerson Scanlon
Jamerson Scanlon

I'm just saiyan...you're not playing MGS for its realism and practicality. This leaves as much to the imagination as Zero Suit Samus.

franci17
franci17

Sex sells thats all, he wants this game to sell millions of copys, so they give something for the little kids, give them some boobs!!

Elann2008
Elann2008

David Ellis is just mad he couldn't come up with a sexy character like that.

Oogazi
Oogazi

well it was reported that Kojima was gonna put a lot of taboo subjects in the game. Guess he was right

pqwoei
pqwoei

MGS is to me is becoming more like James Bond, which isn't a bad thing

Musharasur
Musharasur

I will do the sensible thing and not rush to judgement.

Miguel_Fight
Miguel_Fight

Of course Marketing wouldn't be the only objective that would justify why this female sniper wears a bikini outfit. Let's see what kind of reason the game will show about that.
And 2 to hell with what people think as long Kojima doesn't give empty excuses about her outfit - he better stay shut.
By the way, check out my cromatic version of her:  

https://twitter.com/MiguelFight

pwncakes52
pwncakes52

You know, the more I think about it, I'm actually more worried about the child soldiers.

Jo_Shlittle
Jo_Shlittle

Hideo Kojima is making a point that will probably be lost on most fans. But ingenious marketing strategy none the less!!! Also, kind of ironic that she doesn't speak...now she's stuck in an old fashioned role of "being seen and not heard"! lmfao hahaha

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

I cant believe this is an issue. Especially I America. Funny that Cortana is a topless naked robot and no one gave bungie any crap.

Mally127
Mally127

Secret reason for her exposure,perhaps has something to do with Eva from MGS 3. 

Tripwolf
Tripwolf

All this publicity will help the game sell FAR more... which is a good thing. It teaches cry babies to just shut up.

Maik Prooi
Maik Prooi

If you want to include some horny teenagers into your gamer base, thats one way to do it. The series doesnt need this softporn crap, it just makes it look cheap IMO.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

oooo scantily clad women in a game on purpose. 

Whine whine whine.

It's a game created by a Japanese Man.

Do you HONESTLY expect any less at this point? 

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

"Man babies"? Sounds like something Austin Powers would say.

Succumbus
Succumbus

Witcher games anyone? I see those games get nothing but praise yet did anyone play W2? lol and people freak out about a little bra.

G1ingy
G1ingy

So suddenly, a franchise into it's fifth game should completely stop being what it's always been because of constant bitching by white knights?

Gadeos
Gadeos

This guy is a genius so whatever he does it will be great, whether we like or not. By the way, I'm surprised the critics came from a guy that's part of team that made Coartana sooooo hot... for a hologram, but still very curvy and busty, so he'd better shut up!!!

Zee_Blade
Zee_Blade

Love the way this has kicked off. What ever Kojima does will be great, seems everyone's forgotten about the hidden features with the bosses in MGS 4

Tasha FCruz
Tasha FCruz

Soooo when you're almost naked, you can shoot better?

Stardust7
Stardust7

I dont care if its erotic or not, but erotic or not ,her clothes design is terrible...The character design could look sexy ,erotic or whatever without looking vulgar.

meatz666
meatz666

Pretty easy to judge something out of context... Can't media, gamers and devs wait the game launch? To see if it's sexist in the game context?

iamllamapie
iamllamapie

Not against exposure or anything, why are men constantly topless but women can't show too much?

But that bra does not suit any other part of the character. Horrid design

chris120379
chris120379

Kojima may as well be a pervert.but I love his games, MGSV five is going to be awesome, he's also one if not the best game designer ever.

Stardust7
Stardust7

Quiet character design is truly terrible.

cws3e
cws3e

I'm not offended by this lara croft clone, but all the scenes of torture and crap in the trailer has made me decide not to buy this game.  If I wanted to live the horrors of war I'd enlist.

FakeMythology
FakeMythology

@pwncakes52 exactly naked chick running around god in heaven but see little child soldiers running about murdering no one worries


YukoAsho
YukoAsho

@VenkmanPHD Pretty much.  It's especially sad to see Kojima going that route, however, since The Boss and Fortune are among characters that weren't wearing fucking bikinis.

QuadDamage85
QuadDamage85

@Succumbus Look at the era in which Witcher 2 takes place in, and understand that not even 100 years ago that's how sex, and sexism was.  Not to mention the deeper message behind the actual books.  Game of Thrones would be the only possible fictional universe you could compare to the Witcher.

As opposed to MGS, I've never seen a female soldier running around with a piece of floss of a bra. 

handofkain
handofkain

@G1ingy funny, this reminds me of a certain franchise named "Resident Evil"

xiiraveniix
xiiraveniix

@Zee_Blade Remind me of these hidden features? Played the game but not sure what you're talking about.

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

THIS.  If you need any indication that MGS has jumped the fucking shark, it's Quiet.

CaveManCobb
CaveManCobb

@cws3e There is a torture scene in every Metal Gear Solid game except 4. Its nothing new.

Olgark
Olgark

@cws3e Ever play Call of Duty or Battlefiled or even Arma for that matter ?

And Halo designer has a lot of cheek as well look at thet Cortosa woman in his games a naked woman or one wearing a latex catsuit.

Joeindano
Joeindano

So you're saying that you've never played a video game that depicted war? Somehow I doubt that....