Apparently a Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain character is getting redesigned to be more "erotic" according what game director Hideo Kojima wrote in a series of tweets today. This, he believes, will make the character more appealing for cosplay.
"I've been ordering to Yoji [Shinkawa, the game's art director] to make the character more erotic, and he did it well," wrote Kojima on his English Twitter account. "Recently I've been making characters this way. I create the setting thoroughly, how he/she spent early life, name, style, favorite phrase, fashion, action, to stand the character out."
"The initial target is to make [you] want to do cosplay or its figurine to sell well," he added.
Kojima also said that he plans on providing detailed information on the CG model for Quiet, who is described as a "mute, bikini-clad sniper" who was first revealed the MGS 5 E3 trailer. That information will be released this Friday during the Tokyo Game Show. Kojima claims that fans wanted this information because they wanted to cosplay the character, but he also said that the new and more erotic outfit for Quiet might be "too complicated" for cosplayers to replicate…
"This one may not be cosplayable […] What if no one would do Quiet cosplay at TGS even [if I give] the info…lol?"
Is this a step backwards for the industry which is often criticized for creating over sexualized female video game characters, or simply a matter of cultural differences? We'll leave it to you to decide.