After months of conflicting news, it has finally been confirmed that Hideo Kojima, famous for the Metal Gear Solid franchise, has parted ways with Konami.
According to Japanese financial publication The Nikkei, Kojima will be leaving Konami to start up his own studio. In what seems to be the best case scenario, this new studio will keep a number of Kojima Productions staff. This number is yet to be specified, but Playstation fans can rejoice knowing that he already in talks with Sony to develop for Playstation platforms.
Those who do not follow gaming news religiously may not be aware, but Hideo Kojima and Konami have been butting heads for most of 2015. On April 27th, it all began with the cancellation of Silent Hills. Shortly after, Konami pulled the playable teaser P.T. from the Playstation Store. This was hard news for gamers since we were full of anticipation for the collaboration between Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Torro.
Konami then removed Kojima’s name from any marketing materials for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, as well as renaming Kojima Productions to Konami Los Angeles Studio. Even after the release of Metal Gear Solid 5, people noticed that you could feel where the funding stopped and where content had to be cut.
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Most recently during The Game Awards 2015, Konami’s lawyers had prevented Kojima from attending and personally accepting any awards for Metal Gear Solid 5.
We wish you the best Hideo Kojima. You have the entire industry behind you and we know you will continue to make great things. We can’t wait to see what you have in store for us.