Kojima: Snake's grey hair 'due to lighting effect'

Following fan reaction to Snake's grey hair in the Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes PAX demo, director Hideo Kojima clarifies it is due to a lighting effect.

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Konami's Metal Gear franchise is firing on all cylinders at the moment. Developer Platinum Games' Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance isn't due out until February 2013, but that didn't stop publisher Konami announcing another game in the series, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, at PAX last week.

As part of the announcement, it was confirmed that Naked Snake would be returning as the game's protagonist. The fan reaction, at least on Twitter, was that Snake's grey hair made him look rather old. On his English Twitter feed, director Hideo Kojima responded: "Saw many tweet about Snake in grey hair after taking off the goggle. This is due to the rim-lighting.” He also posted an image of Snake with a darker-looking beard than the one featured in the video.

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is a more open-world take on the series' trademark stealth-action. The game is set for release on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, though no release date has been confirmed at this stage.

Discussion

40 comments
fend_oblivion
fend_oblivion

Of all the things they can complain about, they complain about... the color of his beard.

 

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KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

The best part ??? It apparently is for the PC as well !!!

ispeakfact
ispeakfact

I still for the life of me, can't figure out how fans confused, who was obviously Big Boss in the trailer, with Solid Snake. 

mr_england
mr_england

What's with the silly names? Revengeance and Ground Zeroes... seriously?

Mega_Skrull
Mega_Skrull

Pff. After you start, he'll take off the mask and reveal himself to be Decoy Octopus!

LesserAngel
LesserAngel

Looking at the picture, it's not just the hair, he's looking somewhat... Wrinkly there. Eh, all in due time.

tsunami2311
tsunami2311

also that was demo on pc with far better specs then then 360-ps3 there is no way either those 2 system will be able to pull off what we seen in that trailer

tsunami2311
tsunami2311

correct me if i wrong but didnt snake have grey hair and patch at the end of 4?

hadlee73
hadlee73

Clairol will fix that right up for you, Snake. It's your source for beautiful color.

SolidTy
SolidTy

Kojima's messing with us....I have a feeling, he loves to toy with his fans. I bet there is more to meet the eye on this "Snake".

Omega_Zero69
Omega_Zero69

i knew he wasnt old since it takes a couple of years after peace walker

Marky360
Marky360

I can't wait to see more of this game Metal Gear Solid 4 was phenomenal and this looks as though it will follow suit I just hope Kojima son doesn't have to making any limiting adjustments because of the game being multiplatform

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

Also: This was an issue that needed clarification? Really? The fact that an old-looking mans grey hair was only grey because of lighting. SMH

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

"Grounds Zeroes" sounds rather Engrishy to me.

brain20035
brain20035

Great! it will be available on Xbox as well!!

thom_maytees
thom_maytees

It is great that this has been explained with quickly.

collingtonuk
collingtonuk

Thank god, now I might finally get a nights sleep without the worry that I was keeping me up.

Vickman178
Vickman178

Uhhh isn't he supposed to be old though? Even in the trailer, the guy who snake is communicating with says "age hasn't slowed you down a bit eh Snake?" or something along the lines of that if I remember.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Even without the grey hair he looks pretty old... Having not played the games though I just assumed he was old in the last game anyway.

Legendaryscmt
Legendaryscmt

I'm very glad the rumors weren't true, that this game would be Metal Gear Solid 5. While I do think they're starting to drag out the franchise, the game looks fantastic. Might be a day 1 purchase once I hear more information.

Void_Master
Void_Master

I can't wait to get more details for this game... or at least an english language version of the trailer. I want to hear David Hayter read those lines!

theKSMM
theKSMM

 @mr_england Bad Japanese to English translations are what give us great names like "Donkey Kong" and great quotations like "All your base..."  I don't speak Japanese, but I'm sure those game titles sound awesome in their native language.

finaleve
finaleve

 @tsunami2311 That was like 30 or 40 some odd years after Snake Eater.  He was bound to get some grays in eventually.

If you played Peace Walker, you'd notice this game is a sequel to that, maybe?

Hellhound30x
Hellhound30x

 @SolidTy I'm 99.99 % sure its Big Boss... you could be right though... Kojima really likes to mess with people all the way until the game releases... 

Hellhound30x
Hellhound30x

 @brain20035 Yeah, thats great and all, but how many disc's will it be on? MGS 4 was almost 50 gbs on a dual layered blu ray disc... 

finaleve
finaleve

 @Vickman178 I think it was also supposed to knock at how long it's been since Big Boss was on a solid console (not including the HD remake)

pez2k_
pez2k_

Big Boss (this Snake) was 39 in Peace Walker, and will probably be about 41 or 42 in Ground Zeroes. Bit early to be going grey, even with the stress of fighting off nuclear-equipped walking battle tanks. Solid Snake was already 37 or so by the end of MGS2, with accelerated aging on top of that, and wasn't slightly grey.

Delandau65
Delandau65

 @Legendaryscmt No offence but with a story like Metal Gear Solid with everything that's involved with it it's extremely difficult if not impossible to drag out the story or franchise considering there's so much left to be told.

SalahDinThe2nD
SalahDinThe2nD

 @theKSMM  @mr_england  about Revengeance , I believe it was explained when Rising was rebooted by Platnium that  , it is re- vengeance done by kojima production  on the thier failed project metal Gear Solid : Rising

finaleve
finaleve

 @Hellhound30x  @SolidTy It has to be given that Paz and Chico (I think that was his name) are the prime objectives of that mission.