Is Hideo Kojima On His Way Out of Konami?
Earlier this month, Hideo Kojima claimed that his upcoming release, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, would be his final Metal Gear game. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to most, as Kojima has made similar comments in the past only to find himself back in the director’s chair a short while later.
However, the internet lit up yet again this week with speculation regarding Kojima’s future after a Reddit thread noted that the Kojima brand was being removed from marketing materials for Metal Gear Solid 5. Furthermore, Kojima Productions – the development studio behind Metal Gear Solid – appears to have disappeared entirely, adding further fuel to the fire.
Konami have since issued a statement regarding the Kojima situation and its plans for the future of the Metal Gear franchise:
“The latest title in the METAL GEAR series, “METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN” (below, “MGSV: TPP”), will be released as planned starting on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 in North America, Latin America, and Europe, followed by Japan and Asia on Wednesday, September 2. Hideo Kojima will remain involved throughout.
“In addition, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. will continue to develop and distribute top-quality content in the METAL GEAR series following “MGSV: TPP.” We greatly anticipate and deeply appreciate your ongoing support for METAL GEAR.”
Needless to say, Konami losing one of its chief creative forces would be a massive blow to a company that has been floundering in recent years, with the only noteworthy franchises still under the Konami umbrella being Castlevania – a franchise that struggled with the transition to 3D and has since been neglected by Konami, and Metal Gear Solid – a series that may have to continue without the visionary director that created it.
In the meantime, I’m dreaming of a world where Nintendo drives a truckload of cash over to Kojima’s house to secure a Kojima-produced Nintendo exclusive, but I’m sure there is no shortage of companies itching to secure the services of Hideo Kojima.