Metal Gear Solid 5 is an incredibly successful game, making millions for game company Konami. The game is – according to the developer – an homage to the legendary film “Escape from New York”. Now it turns out Konami was almost sued over that fact.
Recently, John Carpenter – director of “Escape from New York” – revealed that CanalPlus wanted him to sue Konami over the similarities between the movies en the video game. “But I told them not to do that. I know the director of those games, and he’s a nice guy, or at least he’s nice to me.”, says Carpenter.
It’s no secret that Metal Gear Solid’s designer/developer Hideo Kojima’s work has been heavily influenced by film. He even admitted that Solid Snake – the main character form the MGS series – is anhomage to character Snake Plissken from Escape from New York.
Beyond their clear physical resemblance and the fact that they share a name, Snake Plissken and Solid Snake are both stealth operatives with smoking habits. Moreover, they share a fairly uncommon visual characteristic, with both men sporting eye patches at various points in their careers.
The question is whether the similarities between movies and game are crossing the line of just being an “homage.”