Boost your Mother Base crew in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain with an unlockable recruit featuring Hideo Kojima’s face.
Owners of The Phantom Pain and the playable prologue / demo Ground Zeroes can access this helpful Easter egg using the new ‘Save Data Upload’ feature to get Hideo Kojima, the creator of Metal Gear Solid, to join Mother Base in person. Kojima is all over MGS5, his name appearing in the credits of every Episode, even popping up on other Easter egg posters hanging on hospital walls, and now he’s another unique soldier in Mother Base.
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How to Unlock Hideo Kojima [Easter Egg]
Fans of Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes should remember a special side mission where Snake rescues a particular soldier — MGS creator Hideo Kojima.
Hideo Kojima appears in person on Phantom Pain’s Mother Base if you follow a few simple steps.
- 1. Complete the ‘Ground Zeroes’ mission in Metal Gear Solid 5: Grounds Zeroes to unlock the ‘Intel Operative Rescue’ Side Op. Finish that mission!
- 2. Download the latest Ground Zeroes update. It adds a new feature: ‘Save Data Upload’ — upload your save data.
- 3. In Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain make sure you’re connected to the server, then return to the Title Menu. Select ‘Download MGSV: GZ Save Data’ to unlock your rewards.
Depending on what you’ve done in Grounds Zeroes, there are several bonus rewards you’ll unlock, including the sneaking suit Snake wears. But, for finishing ‘Intel Operative Rescue’, Hideo Kojima will join Mother Base.
- Hideo’s Stats — Combat: A, R&D: A+, Base Development: A, Support: A, Intel: S, Medical: B & Skill: Diplomat (Lessens instances of trouble within unit)
Hideo might be over-estimating his combat abilities here, but this is a pretty cool Easter egg anyone that already owns Ground Zeroes can grab for themselves.
Unfortunately, if you’ve unlocked the Combat Unit, Hideo is not available for Missions — just like Miller, Ocelot and other important characters.
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