If you are a gamer and haven’t heard of Hideo Kojima, then the last game you have played must have been the original Super Mario Bros! The man is responsible for creating in numerous hit video games, including the massive number one selling series Metal Gear Solid. It appears as though there have been rumours that Kojima is leaving Konami.
All the fuss is apparently to do with a fallout between Kojima Productions and the publisher, Konami. It has been reported that senior staff at the Kojima Productions have been given restricted access to corporate internet, emails, and phone calls. Hideo Kojima’s studio has an upcoming game, Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, so for the main man to leave is a little strange. Kojima, who is 51, joined Konami way back in 1986. If he was to leave Konami, then it will bring closure to almost three decades of service.
Other rumours are laying credibility to this mystery; Konami has begun to erase the Kojima Productions logo from official Metal Gear art, and it looks like Konami has removed Kojima off its executive team. To add more fuel to the fire, Kojima Productions’ branding has been erased from Twitter and official Metal Gear website.
A statement from Konami was made available, albeit a little vague:
“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.”
Metal Gear Solid 5, will ship this coming September on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC.
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