Speaking to Gamasutra Hideo Kojima has commented on the reaction to some of the darker moments in Metal Gear Solid 5 Ground Zeroes involving torture and rape.
While part of the interview addresses the problems of retaining creative freedom and authorship of a game as budgets spiral out of control he addresses the reaction to some of Ground Zeroes more difficult themes directly:
“Of course I expected people to react to this, but then again the theme of the game I’m trying to create here…there are very dark themes; themes such as race, and revenge. That’s something I don’t want to look away from. I did see the reaction coming, but that doesn't change the message I want to relay. Certainly, what I’m trying to do is different from just shooting at zombies. I’m trying to depict something, a very specific message about things that happened in history. I think that, just because I have a very specific theme I want to relate, there are things that I just cannot look away from and I need to depict.”