GameSpot: Inside source claims Kojima will leave Konami after The Phantom Pain is finished

Today, rumors have been pointing in increasingly worrisome directions for Hideo Kojima and his studio Kojima Productions. Konami has suddenly started removing his name from all websites and social media, and has even renamed the new LA studio.

And now there’s talk of a fallout. An inside source speaking to GameSpot states that power struggles between Kojima Productions and Konami have led to a shift in employee status for Kojima and other senior members of his team, who are now working as contractors. The studio’s management will likely be disbanded after development for The Phantom Pain wraps up. The source claims: “At a team meeting, Mr Kojima explained that team have to be one and make a good game for fans.”

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Kojima is expected to leave Konami when his contract ends in December, along with upper management. According to GameSpot, Kojima will have ‘limited opportunities to lend his appearance to promotions’.

According to the GameSpot editor, the new Silent Hills that was in development by Kojima is now a deal between Del Toro and Konami, no longer Kojima.

Keep in mind that this isn’t an official confirmation yet. As of now though, it doesn’t look too good.

Source: GameSpot, Peter Brown Twitter

  • Golgari

    This is pathetic. At least they could have done this after the release of MGSV:TPP

    Now it’s a shitstorm. I’m mad and confused right now. Especially after all these years with Konami, KojiPro and Kojima.

    Are they nuts?

    • Yes, this is a real shame to happen at this moment, when TPP has just been available for pre-order and everyone is looking forward to it. At least it looks like Kojima and his team will be able to finish the game. Let’s hope that if this is true and Kojima leaves, he takes Shinkawa with him because they work together really well.

      • Golgari

        Removing “A Hideo Kojima Game” logo is pathetic and stupid. The decision is horrible and fucked up.

        I hope all of this is a joke that we will see at April 1st. I don’t understand what is happening at all. The decisions are just dumb and stupid.

        • RanFujimiya

          This, and everything is just contradictory for me. Removing his name everywhere but also saying “he’ll work with us on further Metal Gear games”. Ok, sure Konami. Then leave his name on top of the game titles? These ARE Kojima games, so I want his name on them.

          But let’s just wait this out…

          • Looks like damage control, and for now he is still working for them on Metal Gear, so in a way it’s true. Maybe they also plan to hire him as a contractor for future Metal Gear titles.

        • RevolverRoden

          This is probably the stupidest thing. I don’t care if Kojima leaves Konami. He’s been wanting to forever now, and I’ll be happy if he is.
          But removing his name…get the FUCK out of here.

          • Ricardo Oe

            Whataaa!!!

      • Bigbossmsf1974

        Nyxus don’t tell me your falling for our mentor kojima troll are you. Think about it for a second Nyxus, you think konami would actually cut kojima off like that after all these year’s and risk losing buyers and sells for there future production’s. Come on guy’s konami will be slicing there on throat’s and would suffer drastically in the marketing business. I Have good feeling kojima and konami is trolling the hell out our ass on this one, and we’re going to fall for it like that moby dick Studio thing.

    • César H. Sandoval

      The worst part is them even removing Hideo’s name from past games, they are like bitter children.

    • Icycool

      Konami wants to go bankrupt just like capcom.

  • César H. Sandoval

    Then why are we still here?
    Just to suffer?!

  • Cartmangus

    This is so sad… End of an era. Not really a good note to go out on after all these years with the company. I just hope development goes along as planned for TPP until they’re done with it. So fucking sad for it to end like this. Not to mention kind of pathetic on Konami’s part, guy’s been carrying you for so long now, and you have a fallout and suddenly his name and KojiPro completely vanishes from their own god damn game.

  • Venom_Sina

    Man,I can’t believe it.This is wrong.All of this is wrong.What is KONAMI doing?They even removed Kojima’s name from the games.This is a really dickmove from KONAMI.

  • Maciek Majin

    I guess they had enough of his vision and went $$$, let them die. I just hope GOD finds a way to make games in future.

    • César H. Sandoval

      “Kojima is God”, he can work with anyone he wants now, games, movies, etc. Hell he may even go to kickstarter and you can bet he will get the money for making more games if he needed to.

    • Venom_Sina

      Exactly that’s what I’m thinking right now.

  • Alberto Esparza

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XmDYJBZZdc Kojima in this exact moment ;c He’s the fuckin Big Boss

  • Invader_skoodge

    I thought the only reason Gillermo Del Toro was involved at all with silent hills was because Kojima. Also what does this mean for the FOX ENGINE? If it was developed by KojiPro but is owned by KONAMI, will Kojima not be able to use the engine he and his team have been working on for so many years?

    • Konami probably owns the rights to the Fox Engine.

      • Invader_skoodge

        Never mind

        • César H. Sandoval

          Silent Hills won’t ever be good if Kojima leaves that project.

    • RevolverRoden

      yeah It’s Del Toro and Konami now? I wouldn’t be surprised if Del Toro just quits. He wanted Kojima, not Konami.

      • Ma2a

        Del Toro wants money. Not a japanese guy.

        • Invader_skoodge

          Then you may not know Del Toro very well.

  • Captain

    Just remember that Sakurai hasn’t been a Nintendo employee in 10 years, and he’s still been developing Smash Bros. and other games for Iwata.

  • Gatsu

    Let the legend be remembered. This is a sad news to hear, although I did know Kojima will leave maybe at some point…but still been huge fan of his work since 1998. Such amazing memories. They could’ve at least waited for this info after TPP has been released imo.

    Godlike Kojima-san, if you happen to read MGI, domo arigatou for the experiences and can’t wait to play your last MGS saga masterpiece. I hope you stay with game developing with your awesome buddies for a while
    longer :).

    “the new Silent Hills that was in development by Kojima is now a deal between Del Toro and Konami, no longer Kojima.”
    WHAT!!? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooo ;O…. Goddamit, I was really looking forward to see Kojima tag-team with Del Toro on SH, to see all the twisted and scary stuff they do with it. But not sure how it will go now.
    I want to see what Kojima say about all this.

  • FoxTamerMGO

    I’m making an army to attack Konami HQ, or should i go in solo? .. so WHO’S WITH ME?!

    • Silverius

      You might wanna hold that insurrection until Sept 1st.

      • thetrooper1989

        lol ^ This nigga

        Edit: Am I allowed to say “nigga” on this website?

        • Silverius

          Fine by me, mein negger.

  • Shalashaska

    https://i.imgflip.com/j2159.jpg

    They way they are treating him, I hope he takes his Fox engine, gets out, uses his money to make his own games. That includes silent hill. just hope he doesnt turn into money hoarding company like all those we have now days:/

    • César H. Sandoval

      Fox engine was funded by Konami, he couldn’t “take” it away, neither could he with the license for a Slient Hill game.

      • Shalashaska

        Are you sure ? If it’s his license and funded by them.. it doesnt matter.. just matter where the property lies.. dont know squat about that though

      • RevolverRoden

        I thought FOX engine was open for anyone who wanted to use it…?

    • Invader_skoodge

      From the reports I don’t think Konami is letting go KojiPro but absorbing them to the Konami brand. So maybe talented people who used to made groundbreaking games, will be forced to make the micro-transactions in a shitty mobile game. Only the Senior members will leave I think. Kojima, Shinkawa, Imaizumi.

      • Shalashaska

        Lets hope that doesnt happen. because if all this is true then .. well.. konami is gonna drown soon 😛 What willl they run on ? PES ? future Metal gears without kojima? Hahaha i aint buying a metal gear if it isnt over seen by Kojima san 🙂

  • Yeah, nothing confirmed, so I’ll still not draw any conclusions.
    Official, or it didn’t happen.

    • Gatsu

      Yea maybe we see soon enough.

    • Still, something is going on. Kojima’s name disappearing from the site and social media platforms. And if this wasn’t true, why does Konami keep silent? They would just outright deny it.

      • Kojima IS a master of pranks, and with his influence, he could get Konami in on it.
        It would be a brilliant marketing scheme. Everyone is talking about it.

        • Shalashaska

          Seems unlikely to be honest.. and right now if konami goes like “”haha we got you, we were joking” .. I say PPPAAALEASEEEE.. the guys will realize soon that they are nothing without Hideo Kojima.

          • All I’m saying is, if it’s not official, it’s not true.

          • Venom_Sina

            We got a brilliant phrase in our country:
            (Roughly translated)People won’t say something,unless there is something!!!
            Yeah,you’re right,it’s not official,but there is something going on.

          • We think.
            I don’t like jumping to conclusions.

            EDIT: Especially with Kojima.

          • Invader_skoodge

            We’re MGS Fans. Jumping to conclusions is in our DNA

          • Venom_Sina

            Yeah,That’s true.Well said.

          • I’m a huge fan, and I don’t.
            Seems a waste. As it is right now, we know nothing. Till we get some official news, all we can do is guess.

          • Shalashaska

            Too.much.Patriots.must.use.fox.die.

          • Invader_skoodge

            Nanomachines, Son.

          • Shalashaska

            hahah i cant believe i typed fox die wasnt getting anything better. xD

          • Yeah, it’s always good to be skeptical, especially on the internet.

          • Shalashaska

            true that.

      • Gatsu

        Perhaps a brutal battle for leadership is going on inside Konami HQ. Kojima vs the whole Konami.
        https://38.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m9fyv5WmED1rdej7ro1_250.gif
        https://38.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m9fyv5WmED1rdej7ro2_250.gif

        • Shalashaska
          • Gatsu

            Hahaha ;D, ye that’s more like it!

            This was from Ip Man, if I remember correctly. Such a great movie.
            Badass fighting scene :).

          • Shalashaska

            ip man 1 and 2 were probably one of the most amazing martial arts movies ive seen.. See ONG BAK and The RAID 1 and the raid 2 .. SO AWESOME.

          • Gatsu

            Ohhh my friend, I’ve seen them all :D. I love martial arts movies hehe ;)…

          • Shalashaska

            SUGGEST ME !

          • Gatsu

            I will tomorrow, sorry I really gotta go sleep now >_<…
            Cya all and hope I ain't gonna see more bad news when check MGI.

        • So basically this will happen once the contract ends:

          • Gatsu

            Yeah ;)…

  • FoxTamerMGO

    David Hayter now be like “YES!, IN YOUR FACE KOJIMA!.. DON’T WANT ME TO PARTICIPATE IN MGSV, HUH?!”

    • RevolverRoden

      tbh I think Hayter is classier than that. Maybe not tho.

    • ThreeMadFrogs

      I highly doubt that. Hayter is a very humble guy, in my opinion.

      • Invader_skoodge

        Yup, he seems that way in all interviews i’ve seen.

      • Kol Leqejza

        that guy was doing a joke, obviously. a good one too, obviously.

    • Shalashaska

      tbh i think he may be sad.. the way they let him go wasnt that good either.. he deserved better

      • Invader_skoodge

        In retrospect, It’s safe to say that it was Konami who treated Hayter so shitty, (So far that he had to buy a Konami employee lunch just to be told he’s not going to be in the game.) not Kojima.

        • Shalashaska

          that is a possibility..

  • Venom_Sina

    If Kojima leaves Konami…It’s something like:”Shigeru Miyamoto” Leaving Nintendo.It’s just doesn’t make any sense.I hope all of this is a big lie.

  • George Sears

    If this is true and Konami won the entirety of Metal Gear’s rights I surely won’t be supporting any post-Kojima MGS games (yes, if things are as bad as they look this means the future of MGS is in the wrong hands).

  • ThreeMadFrogs

    After so many years of loyalty, you’d think Kojima could be apart of Konami management. The Metal Gear series is pretty much their primary money maker. And a big part of that is because of Kojima. I really hope they’re not screwing him over.

    • RevolverRoden

      Yeah, now Konami will make MGS int a CoD-type series. They’ll rush MGS6 and taint the franchise. Disgusting.

      • Shalashaska

        Lol, Dont buy it. Then they’ll realize 😛 Why do you think games like cod are so famous because despite them not being that good.. people still buy them so the companies still sell them .. after mgs 5.. take the series to be dead.. which imho is easily done if kojima isnt there and then just dont buy it.. when they line up their Discs on shelves and no one buys it.. then they’ll realize they messed it up for themselves

      • Venom_Sina

        Yeah,with Kojima out of the picture,that’s a possibility.

  • RevolverRoden

    This was bound to happen and it isn’t necessarily bad news (other than for Silent Hills), but removing “A Hideo Kojima Game” from art and saying he’ll have “limited opportunities to lend his appearance to promotions” is 100% BULLSHIT.
    Fuck you Konami.

    • Invader_skoodge

      I think Konami is afraid that Kojima Productions is a bigger brand name in Gaming than “Konami” so they don’t want Kojima to be the face of Konami in these live events. Too late for that.

      • RevolverRoden

        Well it’s over for Konami, so I’d say it would’ve been better for Kojima to be a bigger name than Konami if it means them still surviving.

      • Shalashaska

        Does that mean they throw him out ? haha no.. they are destroying themselves if you ask me… you think they can reboot another MGS or great game without him.. Sure PES is the best thing they have made other than MGS 😛

        • Invader_skoodge

          Yeah, no matter how you look at it. Konami is in the shit end of things. They already showed that they don’t know how to use the Fox Engine with PES15 and they have basically run every loved konami franchise into the ground by now. MGS is the last I guess.

          • Shalashaska

            yea.. pes was.. just a disaapointment .. i expected better out of fox engine

  • Invader_skoodge

    You know who else was reportedly kept as a “contractor” still working on a game? Fumito Ueda and look where The Last Guardian is now……..No seriously, where is it?

  • Xomak

    That terrible news if true… Wonder what that’ll mean for TPP and MGO in regards to additional content and after release support…

    Almost sounds like a Last Guardian situation with Ueda Fumito

  • Golgari

    Until confirmation I don’t want to believe in this nonsense.

    You need to be full retard to remove “A Hideo Kojima Game” logo from the box art. You need to be fucking insane and delusional to do this shit. Ofc. Metal Gear is a property of Konami (everyone knows that. Thanks Konami for your support) but it was made by Hideo Kojima as a director.

    There is no fucking logic in everything that is happening right now. Silent HillS situation is also stupid. Konami, KojiPro had big plans, they released P.T. and now this bullshit after so many years.

    • Gatsu

      Indeed brother, we need official confirmation to really believe all this. Even though we will get TPP, I will be really sad if can’t get to play SH made by both Kojima and Del Toro :(.

    • No Place For Hayter

      I agree completely, but I wouldn’t put it past Konami to be this stupid.

    • Shalashaska

      Tbh im thinking about this and it doesnt make any sense.. they know it will ruin them .. especially now..if its true.. welll then.. we can say goodbye to konami now .. although.. im not gonna make it big of a issue to get worried about till we get a confirmation

      • Yeah, that’s the strange thing, also because it brings up questions about Silent Hills, which was one of the most anticipated games for many people. If that gets cancelled that’s another big blow for Konami.

        • Shalashaska

          its suicide.. thats what it is.. mayb they know that kojima is serious on leaving konami.. you know with all the “last mgs game” and all.. so mayb they just want people to know their name more than kojima’s.. like when you say konami in 6-7 years .. it wont be as important as kojima… maybe taking his name out was a way of showing off that “hey look we are a company too and after kojima goes, we are capable to make great franchises like MGS” thats all it could be..

    • Rheulan

      Maybe it
      was a stockholders´ move: TPP took so long to finish, delaying sure profits
      even if the game was released half-baked, that they decided to impose this
      insane decision.

      In that way, Konami could release a new MGS or (another AAA
      title) almost every year (much like Ubisoft, Activision et al).

      In this business, unfortunately, it is rare to see a director so compromised
      with quality as Mr. Kojima. As it is a business, money talks louder.

      • Shalashaska

        you see the reason mgs sells is because its a master piece.. how famous is ac now ? Last time it came out .. i went like “seriously whats wrong with these people” … and when it did release .. everyone saw what a mess it was .. because they just wanted money.. these “Business” men need to release that sooner or later releasing garbage isnt gonna cut it anymore.. they are gonna do it like rockstart or kojipro does.. take their time and make a GOOD game rather than a game that cant be played because it crashes every 5 seconds

        • Rheulan

          Exactly my
          feelings. As I said, it is insane to do this in order to rush a product just
          for profits sake. Your example, about Rockstar, is perfect.

          As for today, Konami´s shares are falling. See: http://www.nasdaq.com/symbol/knm/stock-chart.

          I hope it falls a lot more if it is confirmed that Mr. Kojima is out.

          • Shalashaska

            Quality over Quantity, thats how you earn money in a long run. Look at cod..look at Ac.. they are ALL dying out..

          • Rheulan

            I hope they do. The sooner the better. We need more quality games like GTA, RDR, MGS and the Souls series. I hope MGSV, Bloodborne, The Witcher 3 and FF XV make huge profits for their publishers, as a statement that we demand quality over quantity.

          • Shalashaska

            TRUE THAT.

          • Shalashaska

            damn i know.. first thing i saw after googling them a while ago… although.. thy are still making TPP.. hoping nothing bad happens now man :/

    • Apparently, the schmucks back at Konami had a habit of blowing every release up in a terribly devastating manner.

      Just take a look at this video : http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/5524-Konami

      • Sadly, this kind of nullifies the whole ‘Konami can’t be that stupid’ argument. Apparently, yes, they can.

  • Amir

    Please everyone, get on your Twitters and Facebooks with the hashtag: #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME
    Bombard Konami’s accounts everywhere. We should not stay quiet about this.

    • Invader_skoodge

      I like this idea. #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME should be on every KONAMI game. LOL

    • RevolverRoden

      Damn FUCKING right. You can’t just take away Kojima’s name like that and get away with that. TO TWITTER EVERYONE. CHARGE

    • Venom_Sina

      Yeah,That’s a good idea.
      دمت گرم.خوب فکری کردی!!!

      • سال نو مبارک!
        به امید گند نزدن konami به TPP عزیزمان

        • Amir

          They did ruin my New Year’s holidays. I’ve been sitting in front of a computer and tweeting for the last three days. I’m sad about what has happened and also very angry at Konami.

          I had plans, I wanted to start playing the series from MSX’s Metal Gear to GZ. Now I’ve spent three days of my holidays online, and I’m probably going to spend some more days too. Because we’re still not done harassing Konami about #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME.

    • Michael Montanez

      THIS!!!!! everyone should be doing this!!

    • Golgari

      YES!

      FOR F*CKS SAKE! Everyone do this. Right now! Right, Fucking NOW!

    • No Place For Hayter

      You know if I had either an Twitter or Facebook account I would probably do this, despite my skeptical nature telling me it wouldn’t make a difference in the mind of a stupid company.

      • Amir

        I just made a Twitter account. It took me less than five minutes. Even if it doesn’t change anything, at least I have expressed my dislike about this. I’m their customer. They should fucking listen.

        #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME has been going on Twitter for the last hour.

        • Invader_skoodge

          It’s not on my feed yet. But the auto-fill is there already. #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME

    • Gatsu

      Fantastic idea :), I did post small comment there. Kinda new using twitter though lol.

    • Ninja_Se7eN

      Bombarding Konami as we speak.

    • Tomas Prilepok

      ive done it yet 😀

    • ThreeMadFrogs

      I don’t have Twitter…

      • korruption

        Me neither, never will.

  • RevolverRoden

    I’m thinking about this more now… Is Konami really just letting Kojima go like this? It’s the end for them if they do. I wonder what happened.

  • Shporet

    And fox engine and all that stuff…what was it for? He’s gotta have a great plan B. This is beyond terrible.

    • RevolverRoden

      That’s the saddest part. What will happen to the fox engine and Silent Hills…

  • thetrooper1989

    I woke up this morning with a feeling of dread and sadness, it was raining gloomily outside my house. Little did I know that this day marked an end of an era for MGS and one of if not THE greatest video game developer of all time. Yes I understand he’ll be a private contractor until TPP is finished but he’s working on borrowed time.

    I know its silly, a grown man being this attached to a person and video game series but the Metal Gear Solid series has meant so much to me. Metal Gear Solid was the game that got me interested in this medium, and it was thanks to Hideo Kojimas vision that video games evolved from merely a mere past time to a true story telling medium. I’m just beyond sad but at the same time, i’m glad Kojima can be set free and truly spread his wings

    • You’re not the only one, a lot of fans are really taken aback by this news. It really came out of nowhere. And it’s laughable if Konami really thinks removing his name is going to make us forget about Hideo Kojima all of a sudden.

      • Shalashaska

        haha they have been watching too much of “men in black” movies

  • No Place For Hayter

    Ouch, ouch, I mean I expect companies like Konami to always be stupid, but ouch, seems like something broke and Konami is going full retard….. Never go full retard.

    • RevolverRoden

      Yeah exactly. WTF? Is Konami on some hard-ass crack?

      • Shalashaska

        had too much of the phantom cigr

    • ObsessedGeorge

      Hahahaha, damn man, that was a good one! Never go full retard! 🙂

  • RevolverRoden

    I hope all the people that said “lol MGS6 confirmed” when Kojima said that MGSV will be his last Metal Gear feel stupid now.
    You NEVER take Kojima for granted.
    *SALUTE*

  • RevolverRoden

    Oh my god. Look at what’s trending on twitter

    • Shalashaska

      lol what is it ?

      • RevolverRoden

        Everything Metal Gear, Kojima, and Konami related. Oh and silent hills

  • Michael Montanez

    Konami has to be stupid to do this! If Kojima wanted to leave on his own then fine I’ll support him where ever he ends up. But to take his name of the box art for the upcoming game AND PAST GAMES is just disrespectful!!!!!!!!!!! #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME

  • No Place For Hayter

    It’s chaos in here, lol, comments abound.

    • RevolverRoden

      Twitter is on fire too. Konami/Kojima/Metal Gear/Silent Hills are all top trending.
      BRING THE HOUSE DOWN

      • Konami thought they could secretly change their websites, and no one would notice. 😛

    • Gatsu

      Join in NP4H :), don’t be shy lol.

  • RevolverRoden

    #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME

  • MAG V Supreme

    Sorry but this news should not exist.

    • RevolverRoden

      If something isn’t going to exist anymore, it’s Konami.

  • Venom_Sina

    Konami sent us to hell,but we’re going even deeper,take back everything that we’ve lost.

    -Hideo Kojima

    #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME

  • vic boss

    Reading this while listening Way to fall is too sad. This sucks so bad I mean Kojima practically is the #1 reason that Konami is where it is today, without him they would have ended like capcom. I’m somewhat glad that atleast he did TPP, But I wanted Silent hills so bad.
    #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME True mgs fans will always support Hideo Kojima.

  • RevolverRoden

    “Heading off”
    KOJIIIIMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    • Invader_skoodge

      All this time, it was right in front of us.

      • RevolverRoden

        Just like COMING 1984
        1/9

        • John Guerra

          8/8 = 1
          4/8 = .5
          1/9/1.5
          DD/MM/YYYY

    • Shalashaska

      nahh nah.. nice find but i really think he would show the Chopper to be have konami like symbol or something relating to them or kojipro..

    • Kol Leqejza

      don’t get it.

  • RevolverRoden

    To Konami

  • Shalashaska

    ok so here is what i think..
    Konami is going down. they know it.
    Kojima is leaving konami after this game is done or perhaps after silent hill. either way, he is gonna leave some day day,right?
    Now Konami only survives BECAUSE of Kojima, none of their other games can make that company run AT ALL. Dont you think ?
    So they think: hey we gotta tell people THAT WE are responsible for these games more than kojima is so that when kojima leaves, those people who played and loved his recent games in the recent times will be loyal to konami thinking that THEY ARE THE SOLE reason for MGS being so amazing. I mean look at it this way.. ubi makes AC, Do we care about the director ?
    No. So when ubi makes another game .. no matter what.. people buy.. they dont see who made the game.. its UBI after all right? That what Konami wants..they want BRAND RECOGNITION… Granted .. NOT A NICE way to do it.

    • No Place For Hayter

      Un-luckily for them I don’t have brand recognition, only recognition for individuals and individual studios.

      • ObsessedGeorge

        You’re absolutely right brother. Never trust companies. Better look for studios and their accomplishments.

    • Kol Leqejza

      actually i asked a lot of people who are video game afficianados (most of ’em only played MGS 1 out of the entire franchise) of their favourite video game director. they had none. then i asked: do u even know any video game director? and they all answered with the name of THAT one man, the only one who is not only the stankey kubrick of video games, no my dear listeners, hes the only director in that business you can take serious. who is an artist. mastermind. god in disguise.

      Hideo Kojima

  • Schmojima

    This is truly sad. Stupid fucking Konami!

    I salute you Kojima-sensei!
    *salute*

    • Schmojima

      #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME

  • adamski900

    I hope to god this causes no problems with the TPP

    • Invader_skoodge

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

      • adamski900

        I still think its kinda worrying tbh. I think kojima could fuck with this

    • Gatsu

      Yea still little over 5 months, I hope so too.

  • Gatsu

    Btw when is next Kojima Station coming? If it even comes anymore lol, maybe we get to hear something about this from the Lord himself.

    • Invader_skoodge

      It’s still scheduled for an upcoming event, so I hope we hear something concrete.

      • Gatsu

        Yeah maybe we will… Zillions of fans are raging all over the net right now, but maybe Kojima can then tell us what’s going on or what he gonna do etc.

  • Michael Montanez

    Loved the way he started this video in the first 7 seconds!!!! Sums it up perfectly!

    • Shalashaska

      buhahaha 7 seconds but yea.. damn i laughed too hard.. woke people up

  • Sonic 2099 The Hedgehog

    What the hell is Happening Here!!? O_O

  • FOX

    i wish Sony would hire him

    • Shalashaska

      honestly.. i just hope he makes his own company .. that way he can make games at his own pace and being his own boss rather than have corporate men push him around and ask him to release a game that is only half done

      • Rheulan

        I affirm that, even if Kojima starts his own studio, just to
        make kickstart project for a tactical petshop game, with David Hayter voicing
        an elderly siberian husky that must infiltrate an animal shelter in order to
        rescue stray dogs from culling, I would fund the hell out of it.

  • Cipher

    This Kill any hope for another MGS
    I was hoping for a game about The Boss and the Philosophers
    I’m very sad :((

  • Ninja_Se7eN

    If this turns out to be true I just want to say: FUCK YOU KONAMI!!!

  • ThreeMadFrogs

    Life imitates art. Power struggles, conspiracies….
    Kojima is Big Boss and Konami are the Patriots.

    • Kol Leqejza

      that’s why i think it’s all a big meta-joke. but it isn’t i suppose…

  • mikeyyytexas

    I fucking knew some shady shit was going on… After tpp comes out Konami can kiss my ass I’ll follow Kojima wherever he goes, shit after this he might just retire for real

  • Will Hough

    This is genuinely upsetting! OK so future MGS games may not be made with Kojima directing but up to The Phantom Pain are all Kojima’s babies. Kojima’s marriage was nearly ended by his work on Sons of Liberty and now he is getting his name removed from the series! An utter disgrace.

  • CodeBox

    If Konami did oust Kojima, then that has to be one of the most pointless and stupidest decisions I have ever seen a company make.
    On the other hand maybe Kojima wanted to leave and he wanted to use his Kojima Production Studio name for a new studio that he would create post Konami and Konami had to make some marketing decisions in order to avoid future confusion?
    Either way if Konami removes Kojima’s name from TPP cover, I will reprint the cover with Kojima’s name on it.
    Any Metal Gear game I own that was made by Kojima, will have Kojima’s name on it.
    There is no Metal Gear without Kojima.

  • Amir

    HIDEOBLOG is still alive. and I can still see some Kojima Productions logos on the site.
    Everyone go and read the few paragraphs of this Kojima blog post before it’s taken down:
    http://www.kjp.konami.jp/gs/hideoblog_e/2005/09/000004.html

    I can’t even imagine how he was feeling when he broke the news to his team.

  • Yaro

    This is not just about Kojima. Its about the studio and many talented people that has given a lot of work on this game to be just erased from the front credits!

    Lets all in this forum give back to Kojima our biggest support. Make this decision hurt Konami. Complain to @Konami with the #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME its already trending like crazy.

  • Ninja_Se7eN

    @Nyxus:disqus said Kojima Productions members read this site.
    Well Kojima Productions if you’re reading this KNOW THAT YOU HAVE MY FULL SUPPORT.
    NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS, I WILL CROWDFUND YOUR NEXT GAME IF I HAVE TO.
    I’M WITH YOU ALL THE WAY!

    • No Place For Hayter

      ^ What he said, lol.

      • Raymondius

        Absolutely. They (YOU) have earned the love of the fans. Keep up the good work, guys. 🙂

        KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS:
        A HIDEO KOJIMA GAME

        Never forget those words, fans. September will be our last and ultimate “this is godd, isn’t it?” moment.

  • Shalashaska Has Landed

    So let me get this straight…

    “A Hideo Kojima Game”, one of the most illustrious, legendary taglines that gives anxieties for anticipation with MGS fans when they see that title card, and when they see it in the opening credits, they know shit is about to go down… will be removed from my MGSV: Phantom Pain Box art? The installment that Hideo Kojima himself said he wanted to created 27 years ago?

    Brb guys… Scheming…

    http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s–qW-wnw2N–/18j0rt2p3ptefjpg.jpg

  • Ninja_Se7eN
  • Yaro

    Even Neil had it.

  • Golgari

    I’m mad. Disappointed. Lost…
    Do they fucking understand that this is a Games industry? The industry that makes people Happy? So far this industry just makes me sad.

    Konami if that is true you are such a failure in my eyes.

    • Ninja_Se7eN

      Don’t be, focus all your feelings towards anger against Konami and GIVE THEM THE INTERNET BEATING OF THEIR LIVES!!!

      MICROSOFT TRIED TO FUCK WITH CONSUMERS WITH XBOX ONE AND WE SHOWED THEM THAT YOU CAN’T JUST SHOVE CRAP DOWN OUR THROATS.

      LET’S SHOW KONAMI THEY CAN’T FUCK WITH US!!!

      • Yaro

        you mean “Cant” fuck with us.

        By the way #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME

        • Ninja_Se7eN

          Yes I did, thank you for the correction. And corrected the original post ;).

          I’m so mad I can’t think >:|.

          #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME

  • ObsessedGeorge

    I see everyone is talking about Silent Hills and stuff, but, has anyone wondered what will happen to Metal Gear Online if Kojima Productions is disbanded after the game’s release? I hope this is nothing more than a marketing trick to get people talk about the game a lot more. (very unlikely though)

    • Golgari

      I hope that this is a marketing trick. For the love of god… I hope so.

      I still can’t process this shit. News today are just retarded and stupid and makes no sense at all.

    • MrVux007

      there is a highly possibilty that there is a company re-branding…just check out the latest konami statement * 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.*

    • John Guerra

      I think MGO will continue because the studio in LA is responsible for MGO, so I am pretty sure the servers are maintained there so I think MGO will remain online after Kojima’s “speculated” departure. That is why they renamed Kojima Productions LA to Konami Productions LA.

  • 223hzy

    It seems Kojima Productions will no longer exist. And it will be renamed MGS Productions or something similar.

  • John Guerra

    If this is true(which I am pretty sure it is) Kojima ,if he has the money, should take all of his stuff that he owns(equipment that is not Konami’s) and all of his staff and start up his own business retaining the name Kojima Productions.
    Konami must be afraid that Kojima Productions is where most of the popularity is right now.
    But if you consider Kojima’s past quotes, he might just stop making games all together and take up a new hobby whish I am hoping not.
    This is all a dumb move by Konami, and even if this all was the will of Kojima, then they could at least have left the “A Hideo Kojima Game” on the box art.

    #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME

  • Ralexion

    I cant believe this, this is outrageous! I feel like BB when in the end of Ground Zeroes and the soldier who is beside him gets shot and dies in his hands, then he screams and shoots like crazy. What a big load of bullshit. Im fine with Kojima leaving Konami, but they cant just remove his name and KojiPro’s brand! Holy shit, TPP DESERVES to have those things, the box art and the credits would feel wrong without them…

    And what about the FOX Engine? And what will happen with MGO3? Even if TPP is released made 100% by KojiPro, Konami has to maintain the servers and all that stuff, my god, it gives me the shivers…

    Like I said, this blows my mind. They could’ve waited, too. The release date was just made public so little time ago, after so muuuuch time waiting. I was looking foward so hard to September. Now it hurts. Im sure I will enjoy TPP anyway, of course, but man, this sucks.

    #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME

    • Raymondius

      #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME

  • VIC BOSS

    #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME

    • Ninja_Se7eN

      DAMN RIGHT IT’S #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME !!!

  • 4energyplaylist .

    #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME
    No Kojima, no more Konami games in my library in the future.

  • ObsessedGeorge
    • John Guerra

      He knew all along!

  • VIC BOSS
  • Invader_skoodge

    Kojima has always been an innovator. He began the trend and KONAMI is trying to take it away from him. Here’s a little article about what it means for Kojima to have #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME

    http://kotaku.com/5646747/metal-gear-creator-explains-a-hideo-kojima-game

  • PrinceHeir

    Konami you fucking idiots. Your definitely going the way of SNK with stuck pachinko games and all.

    I really hope Kojima and his team(along with Shinkawa) goes to another studio like Platinum Games or even become a part of Bethesda like Mikami did with his new studio Tango Gameworks.

    Bethesda will publish and promote the game, while Kojima has free reigns to do whatever he wants.

    One thing for sure. this may truly be the last MGS game by Kojima.

    Also what a dick move for removing Kojima Productions logo on the game. They poured everything here, new engine, new development, everything Kojima wanted to have the best MGS he could possibly do.

    And you’ll take away all of it just because your an ass and did nothing but rely on them all these years?

    Konami you just dropped the ball here.

    Shame we will probably never see an Metal Gear 1 and 2 MSX Remake by Kojima 🙁

    Solid Snake will never be the same, same with Big Boss. We’ll never see what the true rival would have happened if Kojima directed it.

    Also expect MGS to be rebooted with a new developer and staff ala Lords of Shadows style.

    MGSV may truly be my last MGS game. I’ll check the new one, but i think i’m fine ending the series on a high note.

    But i really want that MSX Remakes 🙁

  • PrinceHeir

    Also no more Zone of the Enders 3, Boktai, Snatcher/Policenauts sequels? Silent Hills will be just a name attachment by Del Toro,

    Castlevania dead along with Gradius, Contra, Hudson Soft games(Bomberman, Bloody Roar)

    Kojima’s new Fox Engine will go to waste or stuck with that PES game?

    Damn Konami this is just if not worse as Capcom did with Megaman Legends 3.

  • Cobra

    I guess one positive thing to be taken from this is that now Kojima might actually go off and do something completely new (Dude should take a few years off and recharge his batteries though, given his work ethic is absolutely insane), though I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bummed out about Silent Hills not coming through like it was originally planned. Still, del Toro is a quality writer/director, so I’m sure it’ll still be good.

    It does make me wonder about Konami, though. I know that their pachislot department is where they make most of their income now, but in terms of videogames, do they really have any lucrative franchises beyond Pro Evo/Winning Eleven and Metal Gear (Though I guess that Kojima was trying to revive Silent Hill and make it big again, since SH has been total garbage for over a decade now)? Castlevania’s basically dead after Mercury Steam; Contra, Gradius and Goemon are all long dead and bured, and is Sukoiden even a thing anymore? What do they really have in terms of established franchises that still do okay?

    • Kol Leqejza

      del toro knows shit about video games, so i hardly doubt it will be a good video game.

      • Cobra

        I meant more in terms of the actual storytelling side. When del Toro’s on, he knows how good psychological horror works, i.e. Julia’s Eyes. I didn’t have a doubt him and Kojima could get the series back on track, especially when you consider that they’re both giant Lynch fanboys.

        That said, what’s he really done in the videogame world? I only know about that canned zombie survival game he had planned and inSANE, which I guess is just vapourware at this stage.

  • Guest

    @Konami may be playing the Patriots controlling the digital flow of information but one thing is certain. #MGS is #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME #mgsv— ObsessedGeorge (@ObsessedGeorge) March 19, 2015

  • ObsessedGeorge
  • NakedSnake85

    #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME

  • no_fox

    #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME

  • LuxAlike

    Well, this is just a huge pile of-

  • ominonarepus

    TPP is “finish” and they say its ok and they gonna keep going for the fans, blablabla… but, Whats going to happen with Silent HillS? ’cause, after all, Metal Gear is Kojima’s baby, but the Silent Hill franchise is from Konami…

    Maybe Kojima push them to far… Konami depends almost exclusevily on PES and Metal Gear to keep up, and Kojima know that..
    Otherwise, Konami is using the FOX engine on his PES…

    All this is a bit crazy and weird :S

  • Kol Leqejza

    #noplaceforkonami

  • PrinceHeir
  • PrinceHeir
  • ObsessedGeorge

    Kojima Productions has been sucking Konami’s money in order to make the Fox Engine and TPP. Maybe they can’t afford having studios of this caliber, that’s why they’re shifting focus to mobile gaming. Why spending loads of money on one studio than to a couple of other cheaper ones to make mobile games which either way will sell like crazy.

  • Shadow Rex

    If he leaves, I wonder how long it’s going to take him to be able to fund large projects again. They spent so much time and energy building the Fox engine for MGSV and future projects and now Konami has just taken that away from them.

  • Marxal

    inb4 a Ground Zeroes patch that removes all traces of Kojima from the opening credits, end credits and Deja/Jamais Vu

    • korruption

      I literally just finished checking for an “update” on my PS4 to see if they really went that far. As of yet: nope.

  • PrinceHeir

    Man would be pissed if they also removed Kojima Productions logo at the end credits of The Phantom Pain.

    Please don’t do that Konami, don’t be an idiot and backstabbing bastard.

    You already fucked up a lot of franchises: Castlevania, Silent Hill, Kojima Production Games(MGS, ZOE) Hudson Soft Games(Bomberman, Bloody Roar), problems with Silent Hill 2/3 VAs unpaid works/

    Have the fucking decency to at least acknowledge Kojima Productions last work.

    I would definitely cry if they removed them at the end credits. This is why i never bought Okami Wii since the idiots removed Clover Games(Platinum Games) logo and that video they showed that they poured all of their work in this game.

  • Icycool

    this is My guess. It was konami’s decision to sell Ground Zeroes for 30 or 40 dollars depending which version you bought. I guess they were aiming for Feb 2015 release. Instead Koijma san must have asked for 6-8 more months to polish the game. I just hope Konami does not cut content from the final release and try to sell as dlc.

  • korruption

    Maybe I OD’d on clueless pills (defense mechanism), but are Konami going to fuck with MGSV further in any way than removing all traces of Kojima and if so, how and why? If all of this is true, Konami’s done nothing more than speed up their apparently determined quest for suicide.

    Too bad mobile and smartphone “games” are selling so well. The gaming industry is getting more and more fucked every day.

    • PrinceHeir

      Konami has always fucked up a lot of things.

      Unpaid services for Silent Hill 2/3 Voice actors, Even Jim Piddock(Zero) mentioned about Konami’s low paid work that’s why he’s not returning in The Phantom Pain, Silent Hill HD Collection and Zone of the Enders Collection butchered release, fired creators of Love Plus and Tokimeki Memorial, Castlevania got screwed over with Ayami Kojima, Michiru Yamane and IGA leaving the studio, Tak Fuji left Konami as well, Yoshitaka Murayama(Suikoden creator) name removed before the release of Suikoden III(even though he actually finished the work all throughout) etc.

      And now Kojima and his team taking the boot out just because Kojima Productions is probably the bigger name than Konami nowadays.

      Shame really, but this is what happens when a company cares more about business instead of developing and pouring all their hard work and heart for making games for us players.

      • korruption

        Quality is no longer wanted in today’s world I guess. =(

  • Bigbossmsf1974

    COME ON GUY’S…….THIS IS A HUG TROLL BY KOJIMA AND KONAMI TO GET THE FAN’S ALL ROUD UP FOR NOTHING……..TO DRAW SPECULATION, RUMORS AND THEORIES……….REMEMBER THE ALAMO………MOBY DICK STUDIO………..WAKE UP MY DIAMOND DOGS BROTHERS……….YOU ARE STUCK IN KOJIMA VR TRAINING SYSTEM……….WAKE UUUUUUUUUUUP………….SNAAAAAAAAAAAKES.

    • NakedSnake85

      you do realise that whats in stake here is a huge company, studios, countless jobs, millions of dollars etc..?
      its not a ruse. you dont play with those kind of things…
      UNLESS this is what kojima meant by he wants to try something new.. something that noone has done in the past… but i doubt it

  • Marxal
  • FMercenary

    All of this Konami/Kojima commotion is happening through the internet. Who knows what is actually happening in reality though… ???

  • Cobra

    “Notification Regarding “METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN”
    Thank you for your continued patronage of KONAMI products and services.
    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.
    As the next step in the series, KONAMI has already resolved to develop a new “METAL GEAR” title.
    We will be conducting auditions for main staff to lead the development.
    Interested parties are encouraged to contact us to via the recruitment page of the KONAMI official website.
    If you have any questions or concerns, please submit an inquiry via the “Contact Us” page.”
    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2015-03-20-konami-announces-plan-for-brand-new-metal-gear-solid-series

    So, the concept of a Metal Gear game with absolutely no involvement from Kojima? Fingers crossed Konami don’t decide to bring fire-breathing cyborg Big Boss out of retirement!

  • moto hellogoto

    I wonder what Kojima did to upset them so much

    • korruption

      Made hugely high quality games, didn’t sell out, maintained his integrity and vision… Really sick and unforgivable shit.

  • http://www.konami.co.jp/job/jk/spe/mgs.php

    The japanesse words means: New Metal Gear series.
    I hope we won’t have annual metal gear games like Battlefields, Call of Duties and so on. Because i prefer games every 3-5 years but well done.

    Anyway, this seems strange to me yet. And Kojima didn’t say a word on this yet.

    Let’s see what happens.

    Konami is Cipher, lol.

    “Konami, how can you have your head so closemind and hard? Stubborn…”
    https://igcdn-photos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/t51.2885-15/11008332_757542387674254_1452485167_n.jpg

  • solidsnack

    maybe this is what kojima was talking about when he said we’ll really know the rage and fuel for revenge big boss has in MGSV. maybe the final boss will be a giant konami logo.

    • Hmm, again i think this has something in common with the game itself.
      We won’t have our Big Boss, Konami is Cipher, and followers feels the anger and the need of revenge.

      Hmm…

  • A Hideo Kojima Game

    Damn, I couldn’t log on for hours.
    I almost thought Konami tried erasing MGI from existence too.

    • “Their worm only managed to cut the site into little pieces. Pieces we were able to reconstruct.”

      In all seriousness though, we had the host restore a back up.

    • Azarul Nazim Abdullah

      Nice try Cipher (konami) “We pull in money, recruits, just to combat Cipher. Rubbing our noses in bloody battlefield dirt. All for revenge.”

  • Stormy Rain

    This sounds like a bad joke. 🙁

  • metalgearjax

    I hold reserved hope that this is a good thing if kojima productions splinter off from konami they will be free to produce what they want how they want without limitations from their publisher.

  • this is so huge that it seems too much to be real. and i hope it isn’t but i guess we can only wait to see what happens, if Konami doesn’t comment any further about this in the next weeks then it is probably fake because there will be a shit storm on the internet without any doubt

  • LuxAlike

    Konami is just butthurt that Kojima doesn’t want to make another Metal Gear game (especially because the main story loop will be closed) and them, being the big babies they are, get pissed and choose to let him go while stating that ‘they’ll take over from here’; effectively killing the series.

    Grow up, Konami.

  • Frederick Guese

    The meta is real, and the fourth wall is broken.

  • Hellrasinbrasin

    …I guess we now know why that Metal Gear remake was canned. And why more than likely that Live-Action Metal Gear Film is as well.

  • psychomantis18

    Has the whole world gone crazy!!!!!???

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