Metal Gear Solid Director Hideo Kojima Leaves Konami
Rumors have been flying around about Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima and his production company parting ways with Konami. The publisher has responded regarding the rumors, suggesting that Metal Gear Solid director Hideo Kojima has left the company. Konami has responded to rumours circulating this morning suggesting that Metal Gear Solid director Hideo Kojima has left the company.
In a statement provided to VideoGamer.com, a Konami representative said:
"Konami Digital Entertainment, including Mr. Kojima, will continue to develop and support Metal Gear products. Please look forward to future announcements."
Kojima Productions logos have been removed from the site as well as from the artwork
Rumors of Kojima's departure appeared on Reddit earlier today after it was discovered that Kojima Productions' logos had been removed from the Metal Gear Solid website. Kojima Productions' website also redirects to Konami's Metal Gear Solid portal.
References to Kojima Productions and Hideo Kojima have also been removed from artwork of Metal Gear Splid 5: The Phantom Pain and Ground Zeroes on Konami's website.
References to Kojima Productions and Hideo Kojima have also been removed from artwork of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain and Ground Zeroes on Konami's website (click the image below for higher resolution):
Konami has provided VideoGamer.com with a further statement in reference to an organisational restructure and personnel changes announced by the company earlier this month:
"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," read the statement. "Konami Digital Entertainment (including Mr. Kojima), will continue to develop and support Metal Gear products. Please look forward to future announcements."
There is no given reason yet for Kojima Productions' logo and Hideo Kojima's name being removed from the Metal Gear Branding.
Subsequently, speaking to GameSpot, an unnamed source within Kojima Productions has explained that after work on Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is completed,
"Mr. Kojima and upper management will leave Konami".
The studio is said to be in a "power struggle" with Konami, that has seen senior staff's access to corporate internet, emails and phone "restricted".
You can read more about Metal Gear V: The Phantom Pain, in our previous coverage.
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Source: Konami, VideoGamer