MGS Philanthropy Part 2 – Fan Movie Cancelled

MGS Philanthropy – Part 2 (MGSP2) was supposed to be a project made by fans, supported by fans, and for the enjoyment of fans worldwide. MGSP2 was planned as a sequel to Hive Division’s immensely popular MGS Philanthropy – Part 1 (MGSP1), which was released in 2009 as a free web movie. We had all of the pieces in place to begin filming MGSP2, including an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign that was scheduled to begin today, October 21, and then… 

well, then the campaign came to a halt.

You can watch a 12-minute short of the project here – The Land Where Truth Was Born:

So what happened?
In 2013, we met with Hideo Kojima, who expressed his admiration for MGSP1 and told us he was excited to see a sequel. With his verbal support, and fueled by our own love for the MGS franchise, we got to work on a sequel that would be bigger and beter than the frst movie. Unfortunately, in the last few days we were informed of what the situation with the Metal Gear license is, and we also received information that we didn’t have when we started working on MGSP2. The end-result is that MGSP2 cannot be officially authorized and, unlike when we made MGSP1, the risk we would face if we proceeded without proper authorization would be too great.
So what’s next?
We’re releasing The Land Where Truth Was Born, a 12-minute not-for-profit short inspired by the MGS saga and produced by Hive Division 100% out-of-pocket. This short represents the current limits to which we can produce anything MGS-related. We hope you like it, and we hope that somewhere down the line we’ll be able to find a solution that will a) allow us to reignite our plans for MGSP2 and b) be agreeable to all parties involved. Though The Land Where Truth Was Born is only a small taste of what MGSP2 could have been, we believe a little slice of something great is better than nothing at all.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!