Hideo Kojima, the mind behind Metal Gear Solid, is expected to leave Konami after a fallout between Konami and Kojima Productions, a supposed insider source has told GameSpot.
According to GameSpot’s source, the fallout between the two companies has led to senior staff at Kojima Productions being restricted access to corporate internet, emails and phone. Key developers, like Hideo Kojima, now only have limited opportunities to appear in promotions for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
Speaking to GameSpot, the source, which wished to remain anonymous, said: “After we finish MGSV, Mr. Kojima and upper management will leave Konami. They said their contract ends in December,” the source claimed. “At a team meeting, Mr Kojima explained that team have to be one and make a good game for fans.”
While nothing has been officially confirmed just yet, Konami have begun removing the Kojima Productions logo from the MGSV box art, and the company’s branding has been removed from Twitter and the official Metal Gear website.
A representative from Konami did offer this statement: “Konami Digital Entertainment, including Mr. Kojima, will continue to develop and support Metal Gear products. Please look forward to future announcements.”
They later expanded on this, saying: “As we have already announced, we are shifting our production structure to a headquarters-controlled system, in order to establish a steadfast operating base capable of responding to the rapid market changes that surround our digital entertainment business. Konami Digital Entertainment (including Mr. Kojima), will continue to develop and support Metal Gear products. Please look forward to future announcements.”
Until we have official confirmation, this is all rumour for the most part for now.