Thursday, March 26, 2015

Konami Addresses Hideo Kojima Fiasco

Lately Twitter has been abuzz with word of Hideo Kojima leaving Konami, a move that has many Metal Gear Solid fans worried. "A Hideo Kojima game" has been removed from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and the Kojima Productions brand has been dissolved.

According to Kotaku [1], an official statement was released today:

“The name and organization has changed, but as before, MGSV: TPP is continuing as a work from director Kojima and the existing team members.”

While their reassurance is nice, no word from Kojima himself has been given. The whole situation is a tight lipped fiasco, with little news since it broke earlier in the week. Kojima has been with Konami for an amazing thirty years, and to treat this whole mess with such secrecy gives reason to be concerned. Continuing their official statement:
“Naturally, director Kojima is playing the game, checking all the small details and giving directions to the staff as the title continues to completion. Bringing the thoughts and ideas of director Kojima in an open world game of the size of TPP is incredibly difficult, the director and the team that’s been there from the start are coming together as one as they aim to finish the game, so please give them the support they need.”

As for Konami and the Metal Gear Franchise, it is anyone's guess. His last official tweet:

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is still set for release this September 2015. 

[1] - Kotaku - Konami's Official Word on Hideo Kojima -

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