Kinda-Famous Metal Gear Ad Removed From Building After Seven Years

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In 2013, a huge piece of street art was commissioned in Leeds, England for the launch of Metal Gear Rising. For some reason it has stayed up for seven years, becoming something of a local legend, until last week it was finally covered over by a different ad that has nothing to do with Raiden.

The ad, located on Aire St, became kinda-famous online over the past decade, with some fans even seeking it out on pilgrimage while in the area. Here’s what it looked like in 2013 after it first went up:

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Late last week, perhaps because an agency remembered “holy shit we can sell building-sized ads here, it was finally covered up by what looks like a fashion campaign (maybe Gucci?), as captured in this photo by biroguyleeds (thanks Kraker!):

We can only hope that they simply covered him up, and didn’t just remove him, because I dearly want somebody to peel back the layers of posters and paint on the side of this building in 2079 and wonder, hey, who is this well-dressed man with cool hair?

Then strip back past that and wonder ,“What the hell was Metal Gear?”

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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MGR is a game that feels pretty overlooked, since following its release it seems like no one really cares to bring it up. Which is a shame! Platinum absolutely had a blast making that game, cranking up the usual philosophical meandering of the series and fusing it with cornball deliveries and personalities. (More than usual for the games, anyways!) The final boss fight is basically a satirical comedy on a bunch of tropes of MGS big bads with hilarious facial expressions and absurd moments of animation. I’m thankful it’s easily obtainable on PC.