Hideo Kojima Almost Stopped Casting Metal Gear Solid 2 After 9/11

The World Trade Center featured in the game’s original ending, while Konami’s founder had to persuade Kojima not to give up.


Metal Gear Solid 2 is a classic and remains perhaps Hideo Kojima’s magnum opus for its combination of tight gameplay and a dizzying story that uses meta-tricks and made plenty of accurate predictions. But originally, the game was meant to have a much more dramatic ending before being canned due to circumstances arising from real-world events.


The original Metal Gear Solid 2 ending featured an oil tanker crashing into Manhattan. But the game’s creator decided to remove this scene following the events of September 11, 2001, when the World Trade Center was destroyed in a terrorist attack. These events had a huge impact on Kojima and in a recent interview, he went into more detail about how it affected him.

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Speaking to IGN, Kojima revealed the stress and uncomfortable situation surrounding the impending release of Metal Gear Solid 2, which finally launched on PlayStation 2 in November 2001. The game was supposed to be released this fall, but after 9/11, the ending of the game had to be quickly changed. The hype and pressure of this massive release greatly worried Kojima who was working for Konami at the time.

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Kojima was close to leaving Konami, but a conversation between the developer and the company’s president and founder, Kagemasa Kozuki, caused him to back down. This followed 9/11 when Metal Gear Solid 2 had been mastered and already shipped, but the title featured the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.

“While I was thinking about what to do, I went to talk to Mr. Kozuki about the possibility of leaving the company,” Kojima said in the interview. “That’s when he said to me, ‘When this game comes out and the company has a say, they’ll be talking about you, its creator, and me, the person who sold it. I doubt say anything about anybody. What are you going to do? I’m ready for whatever happens.'”

“When I heard how far he [Kozuki] wanted to go, I made a firm decision to date him. The rest is history,” Kojima said.

In this story, it seems that Konami’s founder is the hero with Kojima describing how concerned the president showed for him even as Kojima fell ill from exhaustion at the end of the game’s development. is an in-depth interview with more reveals, such as how the Covid-19 pandemic caused Kojima to rewrite Death Stranding 2, so check it out on IGN.

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