The first is an earlier version, the second the final box art. The character is closer in the first, drawing us into the eyes and scars of Big Boss. The second lets us see the full glory of that ponytail. Oh and it also erases the name Hideo Kojima entirely.
It’s confirmed then – the final box art for The Phantom Pain is ex-Kojima, with the badge for Kojima Productions also removed from the bottom of the image. Together with everything else we’ve heard to date, it seems pretty clear that Kojima and Konami will be parting ways and that they’re just working together at this point to get their final game together out the door.
Considering the 51 year old is the creator of the entire Metal Gear series and the director of most of them, that’s pretty huge news that will resonate with fans. But it’s hardly a surprise given the information, or lack thereof, which has been circulating. And it should be rememered that Kojima announced back in 2013 that The Phantom Pain would be his last Metal Gear game, so it’s possible the whole thing has been planned since then.
Still it’s going to be strange to see a box without his credit at the top and it remains to be seen whether his name will even appear in the game credits at all.
Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain is coming to consoles and PC from the 1st of September 2015.