A Hidden Message Left in Metal Gear Survive

If you didn’t already know, the latest Metal Gear (not really, just in name) game was just released, Metal Gear Survive is the first post-Kojima, Konami-made Metal Gear game.

While the breakup between the two has been less than pleasant, it remains an issue of the higher-ups and Hideo Kojima. Whether you love or hate Survive, it seems the developers left behind at Konami has a special message for their ousted Big Boss.

Starting off the game will require you to add your name, and it will then be listed on a piece of paper on a clipboard amongst other codenames. What is curious about these names is the order, and what they could potentially mean. The sharp eyes of Twitter user NourishedPsyche saw something special:

Kojima Productions Forever? KJP has always been a well-used abbreviation for the now departed Kojima Productions, and what is even more damning are the two last names, BASTARD YOTA and CUNNING YUJI, a quick search to the Survive wiki page will bring up the following information:

The director and producer of Metal Gear Survive just so happen to be named Yota Tsutsumizaki and Yuji Korekado, coincidence? Perhaps, but when it comes to a beloved series like Metal Gear and the obscurity that usually follows it, we would not bet against it being a cry of support for Hideo Kojima.

Metal Gear Survive is out now on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.