No one knows for sure what’s actually going on between Hideo Kojima and Konami’s partnership. Earlier this year rumours flood the internet that Hideo Kojima and Konami had parted ways after a fallout between the two. Since then Silent Hills was cancelled, P.T. was removed from the PlayStation Store and, according to us and many other players, MGS V: Phantom Pain was cut short from being a spectacular finale in the series. Something must have happened. The writing is on the wall. According to Konami in their latest statement this is not the case. He’s “on vacation”.
In a report, via Sports-Tokyo, a Konami spokesperson states that:
[quote]Currently, Kojima is a listed as a company employee [at Konami]. Currently, Kojima and the development team are finished developing Metal Gear Solid V and are taking a long time off from work. Because the development time for console games is so long and fatigues builds up, it’s common for employees to take extended periods of time of when development is finished.[/quote]
Kotaku has since reached out for clarification from Konami, but they’ve not heard anything just yet.
What makes this all more interesting is that The New Yorker published this article just yesterday. It states that Hideo Kojima left Konami on 9 October. He’s been with them since 1986. According to the report there was a departure ceremony and Hideo said that it was “a rather cheerful but also emotional goodbye.” It also states that Hideo did not get to see ‘Konami’s president, Hideki Hayakawa, or its C.E.O., Sadaaki Kaneyoshi, at this party, but some of Kojima’s colleagues from other studios showed up to pay their respects’. It’s believed that his contract expires in December.
Though Konami denies knowing anything of it, Games Radar caught this image of him ‘not leaving’:
— GamesRadar+ (@GamesRadar) October 20, 2015