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Kojima expects to leave Konami after development of MGS V, according to report *update*


Update: A fallout between Kojima Productions and Konami, has led to senior staff at the studio being restricted access to corporate internet, emails, and phone, according to a new GameSpot report.

Apparently Hideo Kojima and other high profile developers at the studio will now have limited opportunities to lend their appearance to promotions of the studio’s upcoming game, Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.

According to the article, power struggles between Kojima Productions and Konami have led the publisher to make drastic changes, including the employee status of its Metal Gear team. Some senior staff at the studio, including Kojima, now work as contractors and not permanent employees.

"After we finish MGSV, Mr. Kojima and upper management will leave Konami. They said their contract ends in December," Gamespot's source claimed.

"At a team meeting, Mr Kojima explained that team have to be one and make a good game for fans."

It's expected that Kojima Productions will disband once its contract with Metal Gear Solid is at a conclusion.

Original: Rumors are circulating that Hideo Kojima has left Konami.



“Konami Digital Entertainment, including Mr. Kojima, will continue to develop and support Metal Gear products. Please look forward to future announcements," said a statement to Videogamer, although the Kojima Pro Twitter account seems to have closed and the Splash Page for Metal Gear Solid 5 has also changed, no longer having the game titled as “A Hideo Kojima Game.” 

The same can be said for the Legacy Collection and Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes.

To add more twists to the rumour, Kojima’s website, KojiPro now redirects to a new Metal Gear Solid portal, links to Kojima’s Twitter account no longer appear on the website and when you try to visit Kojima Productions website it redirects to Konami's website.

Here's what Konami said about that.

"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."

So what's going on? Maybe nothing, but we're not sure we believe that. More details soon hopefully.

Edited On 19 Mar, 2015

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Fear Sinséir1612 2 years ago
Thank gawd; Metal Gear isn't really doing Konami's image any good, anyhoo!! I only like Konami's RumbleRoses and Pop'n'Twinbee anyways. If they were to make new editions of them for PS4 and buy up the Kikikaikai series, hey presto, sam's your man!

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