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Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain launch trailer is the latest goodbye from Hideo Kojima

This is labeled as the launch trailer for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, but it acts as much more than that. It acts as a touching retrospective of the series and one of the final goodbyes to Snake from creator Hideo Kojima

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is set to launch next week and, in many ways, it's going to be the end of an era. Yes, it marks Hideo Kojima's final work with publisher Konami and the man himself is very much aware of this. That's why this new launch trailer, produced and edited by Kojima, carries a sense of finality to it.

The trailer not only looks at the upcoming Phantom Pain, but takes a look back at the Metal Gear Solid series through the ages. Think of it less as a launch trailer and more as a touching retrospective and a swansong for series creator Kojima.

But is it the end for Kojima? Certainly not. Kojima assured fans of that just a few nights ago.

Watch the whole thing below. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain arrives next week on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

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