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[MUSIC: Chelsea McGough - Carousel Lights]

BOB: So the thing that makes talking about P.T. tricky iswell, its Kojima himself.

If youre not into videogames or specifically Metal Gear or Silent Hill, youre probably

wondering what this videos gonna be about, so to be quick: Kojima likes playing games

with his audience.

Hescancelledhis Metal Gear Solid series many times, tricked people into thinking

Metal Gear Solid 2 featured a different playable protagonist than it actually did, and he even

wore a mask and pretended to be the head ofMoby Dick Studiowho made a game called

The Phantom Painwhich ended up being the fifth Metal Gear Solid.

Because of this, Kojima fans have a habit of going overboard when analyzing his games

and statements in an attempt to understand them or scry some hidden message.

And Im allowed to say that because I'm one of those people.

My original video for how to solve P.T. was, at least in part, an exercise in insanity

that turned out to not even be right.

Though it did lead to people shoutingJarithat their TVs so maybe it was worth it.

ABBY: Jarith!

Jarith- VINNY: That's two!

Turn to the- ABBY: Jarith!

Jarith!

Jarith!

VINNY: -the left.

Turn the other way!

ABBY: Jarith!

Jarith!

Uh, you- Jarith!

VINNY: [LAUGHS] ABBY: Jarith!

VINNY: I don't see her, do you?

ABBY: Ohhh!

My controller rumbled!

My controller rumbled!

VINNY: Don't move!

Don't move!

ABBY: ... ABBY: Jarith!

VINNY: [LAUGHS] ABBY: JARITH!

JARITH!

JARITH!

BOB: This kind of nuttery isnt entirely our fault - Kojima practically encourages

overwrought analysis of his works.

But that doesnt excuse the volume of theories regarding Kojimas work that I can only

describe asintense”, nor does it excuse the absurdity of those theories - both of

which give me pause when deciding to make a video like this.

I mean, no matter how much research is backing my theory or how much sense it makes on its

face, Im still rubbing elbows with gonzo shit like this.

[CREEPY MUSIC PLAYS]

Look - I wouldnt be making this video if I didn't think it was at least somewhat based

in reality and interesting to think about.

I believe I met those requirements.

So, here we go.

[BREATHES DEEPLY]

I dont think P.T. was a teaser for Silent Hills.

[MUSIC: Chelsea McGough - Particles]

Lets get a few things out of the way.

1.

Many people worked on all of the games Kojima has made and I do not intend to put him on

a pedestal like hes the only one who matters.

All of Kojima Productions, both past and present, deserve recognition for the time and energy

spent on Kojimas various ayahuascan vision quests.

2.

I will mention certain Konami staff by name here, but this is not an invitation to harass

them.

3.

Konami please dont sue me.

Recently during Giant Bombs E3 2019 coverage, former Kojima Productions member Ryan Payton

explained his thoughts on Kojimas upcoming gameDeath Stranding’.

RYAN PAYTON: Heres something that shouldnt be too much of a surprise: like, when Hideo

works on games its very autobiographical.

[LAUGHTER]

Clearly the Konami separation experience was not a pleasant one, I think theres a lot

of metaphor with whats going on.

I see it a little differently because having worked there.

I dont know if you remember but it has Norman Reedus in handcuffs, and then theyre

broken, and theres a baby, and hes naked, and its Hideo, Naked Snake - this was his

baby Metal Gear - and its taken away from him, it disappears - and he's got like, the

handcuffs off and hes looking off into the future and theres this creepy horizon

and to me it was completely autobiographical.

BOB: This.. actually makes a lot of sense.

Even Kojima has said that the Metal Gear Solid games are largely him working through his

relationship with his father who passed away when Kojima was 13.

So it shouldnt be much of a surprise that Kojimas work can be autobiographical at

times, or that Death Stranding is possibly just a giant metaphor for his breakup with

Konami.

Put another way: if Kojima were a musician, Death Stranding might be seen as a break-up

album.

Id posit even the nameDeath Stranding”, which is when sea creatures beach themselves

and die for unknown reasons, is directly referencing Konami managements willingness to kill

off Kojima Productions for seemingly no good reason.

Theres a lot more to say about Death Stranding, but what if we examined P.T. knowing Kojimas

penchant for autobiography?

VOICE: Dad was such a drag.

Every day he'd eat the same kind of food, dress the same, sit in front of the same kind

of games...

Yeah, he was just that kind of guy.

But then one day, he goes and kills us all!

He couldn't even be original about the way he did it.

I'm not complaining...

I was dying of boredom anyway.

BOB: Something that a lot of people have already picked up on is that this finale to P.T. is

seemingly directed at Konami.

Thedadbeing referenced can be seen as Konami itself, while the person speaking

could be viewed as Kojima.

This is a favored theory among fans, who have made a habit of replacing thedadin

this sequence forKonami” - “Konami was such a drag”, etc.

But if we follow this idea through, that Kojima was really saying these things about Konami,

remember that P.T. came out 5 years ago in August of 2014.

Kojimas last day at Konami was October 9th, 2015, and he started up his new company,

an independent Kojima Productions, on December 16th, 2015.

So ending P.T. by sayingBut then one day, he goes and kills us all,'' Kojima was predicting

Konami would disband Kojima Productions a year before it actually happened.

Of course someone in a high position at Konami as Kojima wouldve known this - after all

who knows Kojimas contract better than Kojima himself - but it seems like he hid

this information in P.T. via metaphor.

Was Kojima trying to tell us what was going to happen between him and Konami?

And was that the only thing he hid in the game?

[MUSIC: Tru Genesis - Lights Out]

About a year ago, game journalist Joel Couture (I hope I'm pronouncing that right) released

P.T.

- A Videogame Ghost Story” - an e-book detailing P.T.’s release and aftermath.

In it, Joel interviewed an anonymous source at Konami who had a lot to say about the companys

fallout with Kojima.

They tell the story of a Kojima productions in early 2011 deep in the process of building

a game engine for the next installment in the Metal Gear series.

ANONYMOUS KONAMI EMPLOYEE: [Kojima Productions] had been working on the Fox Engine and what

came to be known as Metal Gear Solid V for many years.

I think he had dumped like one-hundred million dollars, or some crazy amount, building that

engine and the game.

Konami, understandably, wanted to use that engine for multiple things: more Metal Gear

games, and I guess theyre using it for Pro Evolution Soccer right now.

From what Ive heard, its a really difficult engine to use.

I think Kojima initially said that they were going to license this engine out so students

could use it.

Kind of on the same level as Unreal.

That didnt get followed up with anything because it was really tough to work on.

BOB: But on June 14th, 2011, Konami released a mobile game namedDragon Collection”.

The game was a microtransaction-filled free-to-play gachapon produced by Hideki Hayakawa, an up-and-comer

within the company.

According to my own anonymous sources, around this time Hayakawa approached Kojima about

using Metal GearsSolid Snakein Dragon Collection in some way.

Kojima refused, and - according to Joels source - took it a step further.

ANONYMOUS KONAMI EMPLOYEE: Now, another thing that I heard was that Kojima was very condescending

toward the mobile guys when they werent proven successful yet.

He was working on the next big thing, and they were working on a mobile game, and while

this is all rumored, someone may have said something to Kojima, and he said something

condescending back about their game.

BOB: Regardless, Dragon Collection would go on to become a huge success for Konami.

Fun fact: Hiroyuki Owaku, writer of Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3, also worked on Dragon

Collection as a producer.

The development costs of the game were small, but more importantly - it made money hand

over fist, supposedly generatingsomething like a million dollars a day.”

The money Dragon Collection was making compared to the development costs of the Fox Engine

and Metal Gear Solid 5 began to sew doubts about Kojima in Konami executivesminds,

including that of Konamis chairman of the board and co-founder - Kagemasa Kozuki.

ANONYMOUS KONAMI EMPLOYEE: In this situation, a lot of the higher ups were thinkingThis

low-cost game is making millions of dollars a day, and we have Kojimas studio asking

for millions and millions more to finish this game.’

Seeing it from the executivespoint of view, this is crazy.

They had built up three new studioshad suddenly gone from one studio in America to

three or four on the West coast alone, so they were just hemorrhaging money.

So, I think this whole thing with Kojima was at a boiling point already.

BOB: Looking at archived news releases on Konamis site that have now been erased,

we can track Hayakawas meteoric rise within the company.

On November 2nd, 2011, 5 months after Dragon Collection was released, Hayakawa was promoted

to Corporate Officer.

On October 31st, 2013, Konami announced that Hayakawa would be promoted to Senior Corporate

Officer, and on July 3rd, 2014 he was promoted to Vice President of Konami Japan, replacing

Hideo Kojima.

July 3rd 2014 is also the date the management structure at Konami was split between clearly

ExecutiveandContent Officerroles.

Hayakawa was put on the Executive team while Kojima was shifted to theContent Officer

team.

Hayakawas promotions and the shifting of Kojimas role within the company clearly

show how Kagemasa Kozuki and Konamis Board of Directors felt about Kojimas game production

philosophy vs. Hayakawas, and on April 1st, 2015, Hideki Hayakawa - the man who came

to represent a mobile-first, bottom-line focused future - became the president of Konami.

A month later, Hayakawa announced in an interview that Konami would be doubling down on the

model that made Dragon Collection so profitable.

HIDEKI HAYAKAWA: We will pursue mobile games aggressively.

Our main platform will be mobiles.

Following the pay-as-you-play model of games like Power pro and Winning Eleven with additional

content, our games must move from selling things like "items" to selling things like

"features."

BOB: The same month this was said, Silent Hills was officially cancelled, and P.T. was

removed from the PlayStation store.

Later that year, Kojima - the man who advocated for theold wayof making videogames

at Konami - no longer worked for the company, but not before the release of Metal Gear Solid

5, which was criticized for featuring microtransactions and not being fully complete.

When the gaming media caught wind that Kojimas name was being removed from Konami marketing

materials in March of 2015, their proof that Kojima was really on his way out the door

was a list of executive appointments on Konamis site.

There, it was found that Kojima was no longer listed among executives at the company, and

this was taken to mean that Kojima had been demoted - supposedly a first for the renowned

producer.

But in doing my own research, I found evidence that this wasnt the beginning of Kojimas

long 2 year divorce with Konami.

In the years leading up to P.T., Kojimas name can be found among executive appointment

announcements on Konamis archived site - the earliest of which was on March 17th,

2009, where Kojima is listed as being promoted to Executive Corporate Officer.

This position would remain unchanged for two years, when on March 30, 2011 he was promoted

to Vice President of Konami.

Again two years would pass before Kojima would get another promotion - this time to Executive

Vice President on March 18th 2013.

These promotions happening every 2 years in March seems to indicate that Kojima was on

a 2 year contract with Konami - but then something strange happened.

On October 31st, 2013, Kojima was demoted to Senior Corporate Officer - a huge step

down from his previous role as EVP of Konami, and not on schedule with his previous title

changes.

This might mean that his contract was renegotiated from the one made earlier that year.

Considering Dragon Collection had proven to be a considerable moneymaker for more than

a year by this point and Hideki Hayakawa was promoted to Senior Corporate Officer the same

day Kojima got demoted, we can guess why Konami did this... but the thing that makes this

strange is the timing.

P.T. was released on August 12, 2014, and Kojima was demoted and his contract potentially

renegotiated in October 2013.

That means Kojima was demoted 10 months before P.T.’s release.

FETUS: You got fired, so you drowned your sorrows in booze.

She had to get a part-time job working a grocery store cash register.

Only reason she could earn a wage at all is the manager liked how she looked in a skirt.

You remember, right?

Exactly ten months back.

ANONYMOUS KONAMI EMPLOYEE: [...] around the time that Kojima first announced P.T.

(Gamescom 2014), what I was told was that Konami had said not to show it at Gamescom.

They had told him not to show it, and the main reason for that was that Konami didnt

have the whole contract lined up.

Kojima, being the tail that wagged the dog, did it anyway.

There might be a reason he was so adamant about showing it at Gamescom even though it

wasnt supposed to be shown there.

Maybe there is a special reason.

You never know with Kojima, right?

There may have been a specific date, or another reason, offering some meta-level clues.

[MUSIC: Falls - Runner]

BOB: A month following P.T.’s release, Guillermo del Toro did a short video talking about his

involvement in the Silent Hills project - noting that there was an initial version of P.T.

that was quite different than the one that was released.

GUILLERMO DEL TORO: To collaborate with a master storyteller like Kojima was irresistible.

We talked - for concepts, we talked about tools, we talked about many things in his

headquarters in Tokyo.

And then he sent me the first version of his playable teaser, which was very different

from the one you played now.

I saw it, loved it, and commented so.

And then time passed and we continued exchanging ideas, and then came the version of the playable

teaser that you saw now.

BOB: Cross-referencing this with Kojimas various interviews and tweets reveals a rough

idea of P.T.’s development timeline.

On September 27th, 2012, Kojima announced that hed be making a new Silent Hill project,

saying:

HIDEO KOJIMA: In the past I've mentioned Silent Hill in interviews, and as a result of that

the president of Konami rung me up and said he'd like me to make the next Silent Hill.

BOB: On April 29th 2013, Kojima voiced his interest in having Norman Reedus play a part

in a new game.

Then, on June 10th 2013, Kojima tweeted about having met with Guillermo del Toro and a month

later on July 20th he posted a photo of him and Norman Reedus.

Based on these tweets, it seems likely that production on a Silent Hills teaser was in

full swing by July 2013.

The prototype teaser that Guillermo mentioned in his interview, which was later shown at

TGS 2014, was probably sent to him mid-2013.

How do I know this?

In the final version of P.T., there are two overt references to the 1938 War of the Worlds

radio broadcast from75 years ago”.

But by 2014, the time P.T. was released, that infamous broadcast was 76 years old.

Why keep this seemingly inaccurate reference in the final version of the game?

I propose that this was done to point out the original intended release date of the

Silent Hills teaser: October 30th, 2013 - which was meant to coincide with the War of the

Worlds radio broadcast, as well as Halloween.

After all, what better time to release your horror game?

But, as we found out earlier, this would be the month that Kojima would getfired

or demoted - throwing his plans into disarray.

Anonymous sources at Konami have said Kojimas firing had to do with him spending too much

money without making it back.

So imagine being a Konami executive, already frustrated with Kojimas antics and reckless

spending, getting the news that not only is he not finished with the Fox engine or Metal

Gear Solid 5, but now he wants to start what will likely be years of development on a new

Silent Hill game that will involve a big-name film director and star an incredibly popular

actor who will almost certainly cost a massive amount of money.

Its really not hard to see an exec at least pumping the breaks on Silent Hills, or at

most being entirely fed up with Kojimas disregard for Konamis bottom line and convincing

the board of directors that he needs to go.

Why?

Because theres this new guy named Hayakawa whos making us an insane amount of money

with his Dragon Collection game, and he says he can keep doing it with other mobile games.

Look, weve already spent all this money on Metal Gear Solid 5 and the Fox engine,

but we have yet to make our money back on it.

So lets give Kojima 2 years to finish MGS5 - our final contract with him will end October

9th, 2015 but well make him sign a 2 month-long non-compete so his contract wont officially

end until December.

If the press asks where he is during the non-compete, well just say hes onvacation”.

And lets make sure MGS5 has microtransactions, because all those profitable mobile games

have those!

Oh, andSilent Hills”?

I dont want to hear anything more about it.

Exactly 10 months back from P.T.’s release date was October 12th, 2013.

Based on his Twitter, Kojima at that time was in America visiting his L.A. studio.

If Im right, at some point that day, he got a phone call from Konami HQ in Japan

[PHONE RINGING]

[MUSIC: Falls - Hawkins]

Imagine being Kojima at this point.

The company youve given your life for 27 years just informed you that you have 2 years

to wrap up what youre working on and get out.

That annoying dude who kept sayingmobiles the future”?

He just got promoted and will replace you as Vice President.

Its very likely you were forced to sign an NDA, aka a non-disclosure agreement, so

you cant talk to anyone about this as to not affect your former employers bottom

line.

Plus, youre going to lose all rights to the game series youve helmed for 26 years,

and the game engine youve poured all your hopes and dreams into for 5 years will no

longer be yours.

Its gonna be used to make pale imitations of Metal Gear and soccer games.

Id be pissed.

Months later, Kojima would meet Nicholas Winding Refn, the director of the moviesDrive

andThe Neon Demon’, and the two became fast friends.

The first time Kojima met with Nicholas on Twitter is March 11th, 2014, saying the two

talked over creation”.

The tweet ends with an emphaticFIST!” and features Kojima and Nicholas posing as

if the two were preparing to battle.

When Ground Zeroes released a week after that tweet on March 18th, 2014, things between

Kojima and Konami seemed fine to the outside observer.

But with the benefit of hindsight, we can look back on this game and notice some oddities.

On the mission Déjà Vu, which was a PlayStation exclusive mission and one giant trip down

MGS memory lane, certain tasks youre meant to complete have taken on a different meaning.

Like when youre supposed to use a bluelight attached to your gun to erase logos of real

Metal Gear games, and not the various fake Metal Gear games that are strewn about.

At a certain point, Kaz will say:

KAZ: You might be able to erase the markings, but the memories will never disappear.

BOB: A hint at what would happen almost exactly a year later when Kojimas name was erased

from MGS5 marketing materials.

And after you erase all the logos to real Metal Gear titles, Kaz says:

KAZ: You did it!

You erased all the markings.

But every one of them will always be with you.

You seem to be a fan of Hideo Kojima games.

BOB: That last parts interesting considering that Psycho Mantisoriginal line thats

being referenced here was:

PSYCHO MANTIS: I see that you enjoy Konami games.

BOB: Also during this mission you can find aKojima Productionslogo without the

Fox in it for both the main and L.A. studios - hinting that there would be a point in the

future where Kojima Productions would lose the Fox engine, the Metal Gear franchise,

or both.

Three months later on June 12, 2014, Kojima was interviewed by Time, who asked him why

he came back to the series when he said hed stop making Metal Gear Solid games after MGS4.

Kojima responded by saying he originally wanted his younger staff to helm MGS5, but numbered

MGS games turned out to be too big for them.

He ended his answer by saying:

HIDEO KOJIMA: And this timeI'll say it againthis is the last one.

Not the last Metal Gear, but the last one I'll work on.

BOB: But Kojima wasnt going out without a fight.

At some point before or around this time Kojima realized his staff had already done all this

work on a teaser for Silent Hills back when it was actually going to happen.

The concept trailer was neat and it was an absolute shame it would never come to pass

but what if he could tweak it to create a small, unrelated game with a hidden a message

- a gauntlet of absurd puzzles with a trailer for his unfairly cancelled Silent Hills project

at the end.

After all, as long as his staff kept the secret, none of the execs actually played videogames

so they wouldnt beat it and shut it down prematurely.

Besides, once people found the trailer, the cats out of the bag.

Kojima could get his Sony contacts to silently put this new game on the Playstation Store

and announce it at Gamescom 2014.

But what about the other people outside Konami who were involved with the Silent Hills project?

After all, Kojima didnt have any of their contracts finalized - hed have to meet

with them to let them in on what he was planning, and gain a little confidence along the way.

July 22nd, 2014.

Had reunion with one of my soul warriors, Nicolas Winding Refn who visited our LA studio.

Now I'm in fully charged.

July 24th, 2014.

Reunion with my another soul warrior, Guillermo del Toro.

Had soul fight&hug.

I feel I'm charged!

July 24th, 2014.

Had reunion with one of the soul warriors, Norman Reedus.

It's been for half year.

I feel I'm charged.

This game Kojima Productions was making was no longer a teaser for Silent Hills.

The previous version was, absolutely - but not this new one.

This new one was Kojima publicly shaming Hideki Hayakawa, Kagemasa Kozuki, and the rest of

Konamis execs for a long list of huge mistakes he felt they were making, up to and including

firing him.

It was autobiographical but shrouded in metaphor, with one of the only ways of deciphering it

being through its references to specific dates.

P.T. was more than a great little horror game.

It was an extremely creative way of getting around an NDA.

[MUSIC: Hill - Broken Toys]

One of the reasons I like this theory so much is because it doesnt just explain bits

or pieces of the game - all of a sudden everything about P.T. comes into focus in a way it never

has before.

From the cryptic lines to the colored flashlights - all these things that were once mysterious

have newfound meaning.

Take, for example, Lisa.

What was once P.T.’s defacto YouTube thumbnail, Lisa can now be interpreted as the Fox engine

itself.

Killed by Konami, potentially herhusbandin P.T., through their limited vision of gamings

future and the ousting of Kojima, Lisa is shown resurrected and pregnant - meaning Konami

still wanted to use the Fox engine to create more games after they fired the people that

made it.

The sink fetusmonologue hints at this:

FETUS: She had to get a part-time job working a grocery store cash register.

Only reason she could earn a wage at all is the manager liked how she looked in a skirt.

BOB: This seems to say the only reason Konami execs wanted to use the engine was because

they liked how itlooked” - a reference to its graphical quality and rendering capabilities

- despite how difficult it was to use.

Theworking a grocery store cash registerline may reference microtransaction-heavy

games it would be used for, or other games that werent utilizing the full potential

of the engine.

The sink fetus could also be seen as representing the Silent Hills project itself - a game for

the Fox engine that wasnt allowed to come to full term.

204863represents Kojima - being that 24-8-63 is Kojimas birthday.

With this number's inclusion in P.T., Kojima seems to be saying that Konami execs, or possibly

Kagemasa Kozuki specifically, became enraged by Kojima, largely due to him spending all

of Konamis money on the Fox engine, MGS5, and other ventures while not being profitable,

and that they were driven to destroy Kojima Productions because of Kojima.

This is all mirrored in P.T., where a father is driven to murder his family because of

the number he kept hearing over the radio: 204863.

RADIO VOICE: Several days before the murders, neighbors say they heard the father repeating

a sequence of numbers in a loud voice.

They said it was like he was chanting some strange spell.

BOB: In fact, the first time you hear 204863 in the game, its said on the radio by a

voice urging the listener to give in to paranoia.

DEMONIC VOICE: You can't trust the tap water.

Look behind you.

I said, look behind you.

204863

BOB: As if to say Kagemasa was paranoid about Kojima taking all the credit for his company.

The reason Im singling out Kagemasa Kozuki is because another anonymous source at Konami

sent some emails to YouTuber Super Bunnyhop and said:

ANONYMOUS KONAMI EMPLOYEE 2: Kagemasa Kozuki, the CEO of Konami hates Kojima.

Some say that Kagemasa has just gone bat shit crazy and doesn't care much about the

company anymore.

BOB: Forbes has also gone on the record and said:

FORBES: The first thing you need to understand about Konami is that it is a family business.

Kagemasa Kozuki co-founded the company back in 1969, with theKoof Konami coming

from his surname in case you didnt know.

Kagemasa [...] is the chairman while his son, Takuya Kozuki, is president.

The board of directors has Kozukis nephew and son-in-law with seats, and fully four

out of the seven internal directors of the company are part of Kozuki clan in some form

or another.

So the likes of Hideo Kojima was already somewhat of an outsider to that arrangement.

Hes also been very adept at handling PR and subsequently creating agreat man myth

around himself.

BOB: And then theres this:

BAG VOICE: I walked.

I could do nothing but walk.

And then, I saw me walking in front of myself.

But it wasn't really me.

Watch out.

The gap in the door... it's a separate reality.

The only me is me.

Are you sure the only you is you?

BOB: Was Kojima telling us how he felt when he was let go by Konami?

When he was given 2 years to finish MGS5 - all he could do was move forward.

But then he saw his replacement as VP and member of the board: Hideki Hayakawa.

He couldnt just let them get away with this - he had to fight back.

He was Hideo Kojima, after all.

No one can replace him.

And thatseparate reality”?

That was the one where Silent Hills actually came to be - the game that the trailer at

the end of P.T. is for.

Another message hidden in P.T. was one only Konami employees would understand - the Konami

you knew is gone.

Now, they monitor everything you do.

They even have special ‘’policethat will report you to higher ups if you do something

they dont like.

You can stay at Konami and live this way, or you can become one ofus” - the people

who will be leaving with Kojima to form a new Kojima Productions.

This is all reflected in the Swedish broadcast:

SWEDISH VOICE: Do you hear my voice?

Can you hear your own soul's scream?

Let us choose.

My voice that tells the future.

Or your tortured mind.

Well, what do you choose?

You can choose.

Your life, your future.

Wise as you are you might already have discovered it.

Yes, the radio drama from 75 years ago was true.

They are here on our earth and they monitor and see all.

Don't trust anyone.

Don't trust the police.

They are already controlled by them.

That's the way it has been for 75 years now.

Only our best will prevail.

You have a right.

A right to become one of us.

So, welcome to our world.

Very soon the gates to a new dimension will open.

204863.

204863.

BOB: Thesealiensorothersbeing referenced here might not make sense until

you take into account what Kojima would later say after debuting his new independent Kojima

Productions in December of 2015:

HIDEO KOJIMA: Even if the earth were stripped of life and reduced to a barren wasteland,

our imagination and desire to create would survive--beyond survival, it would provide

hope that flowers may one day bloom again.

Through the invention of play, our new evolution awaits.

Kojima Productions -- We are Homo Ludens.

We are those who play.

BOB: Thoseothersthat have invaded?

Those are the people who dont play - the executives at Konami and people who worship

the bottom-line.

That anonymous Konami employee from earlier in this video mentioned this:

ANONYMOUS KONAMI EMPLOYEE: A lot of the executives spend their whole lives learning business

and accounting to the point where they dont really play games themselves.

A lot of these businessmen who are taking over at Konami, they dont even know the

Konami characters.

BOB: Theres also this:

"Knowing you, I was sure you'd notice this game and play it.

I will nevercan neverforget that day 20 years ago."

Because of the75 years agoline, we can infer that the events in P.T. take place

in 2013 - the 75th anniversary of the War of the Worlds radio broadcast.

20 years before 2013 was 1993.

HIDEO KOJIMA: I was in Kobe, and it was in 1993 when the precursor to Kojima Productions,

Kaihatsu Gobu (開発5trans: Development Section 5), was formed.

The original PlayStation was released the next year and I remember it well because the

section had just been formed.

Even the colored flashlights that appear randomly during P.Ts final loop can now be seen

as Kojima telling us what he was planning to do after he left Konami - the red, yellow,

blue and green lights are the same colors used in the original Sony PlayStation logo.

He was going to use his contacts at Sony to partner with them and start his own independent

studio.

After all, both P.T. and theDeja Vumission in Ground Zeroes were PlayStation

exclusives.

I always wondered why exactly Konami made the decisions they did after P.T.’s release.

Why did they lock Hideo Kojima in a room away from his staff for the development of MGS5?

Why was every decision he made micromanaged by Konami execs?

Why was P.T. scrubbed so unceremoniously from PSN?

And why have the news articles Konami keeps on their site been scrubbed of everything

before 2014?

Now it all makes sense: Kojima was putting hidden messages in his games to bypass his

NDA and tell the world what Konami and Kagemasa Kozuki were up to.

He had effectively outplayed everyone at Konami, and P.T. represented Kojima burning his bridge

with his former employer.

Konami couldnt risk him doing any further damage to their brand.

They had to lock him down and get rid of the evidence.

So - happy birthday P.T.!

It took 5 years but I think we finally got you mostly figured out.

If Ive missed anything or you wanna add to this theory, please leave a comment - Id

love to hear it.

And if all of this info was hidden in P.T., I can only imagine whats going to be in

Death Stranding.

Kojimassoul warriorsfrom P.T.’s development are going to be in the game, after

all - and it seems to be way more overt with its metaphors.

I mean, the main character, Sam Bridges, works for a company namedBridges”.

Must be a coincidence that Hideo Kojima also works for a company with his name on it, right?

Yeah.

Must be.

The Description of P.T.'s Hidden Meaning