Last year Hideo Kojima admitted to compromising his artistic integrity, and that of his team, in order to flog action figures. "I've been ordering to Yoji to make the character more erotic, and he did it well," he tweeted regarding the controversial design of Metal Gear Solid V's mute sniper Quiet. "The initial target is to make u want to do cosplay or its figurine to sell well."
It doesn't get any more shameless than that, really. The results have now been revealed: a Play-Arts Kai action figure with a variety of weapons and gadgets, interchangeable head and soft malleable breasts that can be "pushed and lifted."
In fairness it's an impressively detailed figurine, both in terms of the outfit and accessories that include Sniper Rifle, pistol, combat knife and three additional hands that will allow her to properly hold each of her armaments. There will also be an interchangeable spare head with smudged eyeliner.
The chest area has also benefited from "soft materials." "PlayArtsKAI's Quiet is coming soon," Kojima tweeted today. "Yoji, a supervisor says some soft materials enables to be pushed & lifted. lol"
Now, look. Designers have created provocatively dressed and proportioned characters in games for years in order to sell copies and merchandise. The difference here is that Kojima just admitted it up-front. Which doesn't make it okay, seeing as art has effectively been compromised just to make a few bob, but ultimately we have yet to see if there are compelling reasons for Quiet's outfit. Considering that I'm also a fan of Senran Kagura and Hyperdimension Neptunia, you could argue that I'm splitting hairs here -- though those games wear their fanservice on their sleeves. Here it's being unsubtly and inappropriately injected into an ostensibly mature stealth action game.
The jury's out... because as always you're the jury. Sound off in the comments!