Konami spokesperson confirms some of the rumors in Gamespark interview

In an interview with Gamespark released yesterday, Konami confirmed some rumors, while leaving other unanswered. It looks like at least some of the information provided by Gamespot’s inside source turns out to be true. However, the interview doesn’t make Kojima’s future role much clearer.

Konami’s reorganization has affected Kojima Productions as well as other studios. The logo has been removed, Twitter accounts have moved, etc. The studio will be disbanded and ‘all releases made under different studios will be centralized and coordinated from headquarters’. Kojima Productions no longer exists as its own entity.

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Kojima is still the director of the Metal Gear series, according to the information. However, it’s unclear if they mean just for now or in the future as well. The Konami spokesperson didn’t want to say wether he now works as a contract employee, saying Kojima still works for Konami.

The development team currently has restricted access to internet and email. This is done to provide a greater development environment. It also means less media appearances for Kojima, such as interviews.

As confirmed by Konami yesterday, The Phantom Pain is still designed, written, produced and directed by Kojima.

Source: GameSpark, Reddit, JunkerHQ

  • Golgari

    Most of the questions are still not answered. Konami is avoiding the most important aspect of this madness in all of it’s interviews.

    • César H. Sandoval

      There isn’t a nice way of saying “yes, we actually are that stupid and greedy!”

  • Hellrasinbrasin

    … We probably will never have all the facts until after Kojima’s contract expires in December.

    • Kol Leqejza

      it will expire on april 1. st. which makes it all even more shady…

      • LuxAlike

        Oh, wow.

      • Shalashaska

        Fiscal year: 1 April – 31 March

  • FMercenary

    “Let’s have the facts, not another distorted version of the truth
    Let’s start pushing for what we stand here for and show them we ain’t through”

  • Tomas Prilepok

    lets hope it will not influent the final quality of PP

    • Gatsu

      Yeah…lets hope.

      • korruption

        That’s been a minor nagging issue on my mind. Konami had better not get involved in influencing the game itself in any negative way whatsoever, despite Kojima saying he and his team are still working 100% on it.

      • Mini gear

        in recent news konami turns tpp in too a multiplayer first person shooter using only 1% of each area

  • StealthyBigBoss

    I fail to see how restricting Internet and email access benefits them, if anything hearing fan compliments and hype would inspire them to work harder

    • Yes, plus Kojima tweeting some TPP photos also generates hype for the game. No more chopper pics for us?

      • StealthyBigBoss

        Exactly, it was nice to see how the game/ playthrough was coming along. Looks like there will be no more chopper, motherbase, sunsets or kojimas food pics 🙁

      • Ninja_Se7eN

        Could someone please explain to me how the hell this benefits Konami?

        • Maybe they are afraid Kojima is going to talk about leaving Konami (if that is indeed true), because he would be bombarded with questions of course.

          • Ninja_Se7eN

            I don’t know man, Konami clearly owns Kojima.
            If I were Konami I would make Kojima talk some bullshit to the fans to calm them down. Isn’t that the typical MO for a PR crisis?
            Not that I agree with any of this of course.

          • Yeah, at the end of the day, we can only guess at what’s going on there…

        • Covert Gamer

          This benefits Konami absolutely, since they publish the series and are in control of the IP. Future revenue made from the MGS series goes to Konami, the Fox Engine was made by KojiPro during their time under Konami, so that stays with Konami for future development, etc. Even though Kojima and crew clearly created the series and the new engine, it was done under Konami, so when Kojima et al leave Konami at the end of the year, Fox Engine stays with Konami for their “ease of development” as Kojima has stated.

          This all makes sense from a business standpoint, albeit it looks shitty to us fans. I’d rather see Kojima “free” and able to do what it is he wants, rather than chained to Konami just to be slaving over more MGS titles since it’s their cash cow. The man probably has other visions for new games, and he’s likely to drop them as an Indie developer. Konami doesn’t want to allow the man to make what he wants (presumably) so I say good for Kojima. Break off and I look forward to your future endeavors.

          • Ninja_Se7eN

            But the publisher already controls the IP.
            I don’t know about Fox engine, but I’m assuming Konami already had some level of control over it. They did fund it, after all.
            I keep thinking they could’ve had all the control they wanted and needed over MGS without this mess.
            Oh well…

      • César H. Sandoval

        I didn’t think the day would come when we would be missing those daily MGSV chopper pics, movie DVD covers, snaps of food…

      • Batzi

        I think we’ve had enough of those pics xD I want him to tweet anything that gives us hope that he is still alive, well and breathing.

        • Chopper pics are better than no pics. But yeah, any sign of life would be welcome.

    • Yaro

      That same thing was done to a studio I used to work in. Didnt work… all it did was piss us off and have more of an anarchist attitude toward the company.

    • Joaquin Romero Victorica

      I don’t want to a prick ; but seen 400 people retweet the last post of konami showing support its make me sick.

      There are some “fans” who would love to see a new team involve.. Guess what

      If you play ground zeroes or watch it I’m nuclear trailer it doesn’t give you the right to be a metal gear Solid fan.

      I follow hideo since 1999 when a friend led me the game in school. We feel fu#@ cheated.

      80% of fanbase are telling this new metal gear game no.

      If you support what Konami is doing this franchise. Call of duty is the game for you ( what mgs would be in a few years)

      • César H. Sandoval

        There “fans” that actually say stuff like: PO is better than PW, or that Hideo is not needed because games like Ac!d are better than MGS2 and 4.

        I shit you not, those people are on drugs.

  • StealthyBigBoss

    Just remember, The best is yet to come 🙂

  • Altaim

    so what kind of post release support will have the game now?

  • Cipher

    Disbanding Kojima Productions, their best team ! all of a sudden !

    What are they smoking in Konami ?

    • korruption

      I dunno but man if I can get some of that too maybe it’ll all make sense.

      Nah I’m kidding, fuck Konami.

    • MichaelPayneV

      I think Hideo just said “ENOUGH”

  • MichaelPayneV

    About Hideo going in to the Movie industry, is not that hard, he just has to get in Contact with David Hayter, get him as Co-Writer, and Del Toro to produce his Movies (DAT Cash)

    But there is also the possibility that Hideo has enough “Tons of Money” to make his own Development Studio, while working for a Publisher…like Rockstar for the start, and either keep the “Kojima Productions” name and/or Logo, or just used the Rockstar Logo and name it “Rockstar Tokyo”

    Now i don’t know about you, but the first Game i would give Hideo to Develop as Rockstar would be the Next Red Dead or reboot the Max Payne Franchise, and make Rockstar Tokyo the main studio for that Game.

  • MichaelPayneV

    Well i think i will be like Ocelot and do work for both Cypher (Konami) and Big Boss (Hideo)

    By that i mean that i will give this “New Series” a Try, but look forward to everything Hideo does from now.

    • Gatsu

      Me too, maybe will try Konami’s game. Gotta see when my anger has lowered.

      • korruption

        At most, I might watch reviews and LPs when the time comes… But Metal Gear is way better off dead than becoming a blatant cashcow with no heart or care put into it, which is the end result I’m expecting.

  • Gatsu

    They should just give us clear answers ffs, I will miss Kojima’s appearances and twitter pics like my chopper FFS ;(… Konami why you do this.

    I hope he stays with game developing for a while after leaving Konami, so I can see what he can do without that villainous company.

  • Ninja_Se7eN

    Konami, you might as well just put a gun to your heads and pull the trigger.

    They’ve got to know how shady this looks for us, right?

  • ThreeMadFrogs

    I’m still confused.

    • Everyone is. 😛 They did their best to be as vague as possible.

  • The disbanding of the team doesn’t bother me. The only thing that bothers me is the actitude from Konami deleting the “A Hideo Kojima game” tag in all pics, which is a nonsense and a childish gesture by their part.

    Other than that, as soon as we have MGSV in September for all platforms and i can play the game, the Versus and the Online 3 i will be happy with all the effort and art Mr. Kojima has done and gave to us.

    Have a nice day 🙂

  • Antonino Truisi

    That’s all.

  • MAG V Supreme

    All i can say is let the smoke clear guys.

  • Danny Field

    Guys – ive started a petition to have ‘A HIDEO KOJIMA GAME’ placed back on The Phantom Pains cover – mind signing it? thanks https://www.change.org/p/konami-give-hideo-kojima-credit-for-the-phantom-pain

    • kirtanloorii

      I have been busy promoting your petition. I sent something to Yong and a MGS steam group of over 1500 people. I hope it adds up.

  • Yaro

    I believe Knoami is pissed because development of MGS took way longer than expected and its way over budget. Remember Rising was canceled and Kojima had another chance to make another game and the next game takes so long. At the same time Konami might be pissed because theyare way behind but they are making all those Kojima shows every week, one in english and one in japanese which takes resources. First they killed the English version. What they dont realize is that this things are what have kept the hype on going. We would have lost interest if it wasnt for this and the twitter pics. This is my conspiracy theory and I really believe it. Kojima was super ambitious with the game and said fuck it I always take risks. Konami as a company not in the same page. Thats the power struggle. I must say that it has to be super dificult to direct a game and act as producer and deal with this guys over your back. I hope we get the whole truth once Kojima is released from the solitary cell without wifi access lol that they threw him in.

  • moto hellogoto

    Sadly I don’t think the new Metal Gear games will involve Kojima. It looks like Konami is hiring new people to replace him and members of his team.

    • And this was in the MGS4 reveal trailer:

  • kirtanloorii

    I would like to know exactly how these restrictions are enforced. Is it a polite request? Or some kind of cord-cutting physical restriction?

  • Icosikaidigon

    What did they do? Chain up Kojima in a room somewhere to make the game? We already have a set release date; what’s the problem? Are they afraid it’s going to get delayed?

  • Shporet

    I don’t like the guy that much, but this is great…

    • Nacrois

      hahahahahahaha that was freakin awesome

    • Sonic 2099 The Hedgehog

      Can Image Tha in Real Life

  • Kazuhira-on-the-roof

    People are still falling for this? Lol It’s all a Kojima ruse.

    • Not so sure about that. It seems like this is serious.

      • kirtanloorii

        We are so accustomed to the whole “Cry wolf” thing that we don’t know what to think. I feel that I have no choice but to believe konami.

    • Gatsu

      If it is, it’s damn bigger than his other stuff from before…

  • Kol Leqejza

    got a disturbing mail today regarding this topic… can’t tell more because i don’t want to disappoint anyone if it turns out to be untrue. all i am going to say is: be prepared… and be patient. we might get our answers in a few months or within the game (TPP)

    • A mail from whom?

      • From Cipher. 😛

      • ObsessedGeorge

        XIFF comes of “unaffiliated”!

        • XIFF-5

          Hmm…?

      • Kol Leqejza

        c’mon dude, i can’t tell who (freelancer). all i can say is that it MIGHT be linked to interviews kojima’s had (“maybe i’m gonna get fired because of the heavy themes of V” and “u all gonna experience something that was never done in videogaming before”. there’s also a possibility to bring back the erased markings (“u may erase them, but there will never disappaer from
        ur hearts” or whatever kaz says) and also kojimaproductions & kojimaproduction L.A. logos.

        but take it with a grain of salt, cos i think kojimas departure from konami is real. and that in fact he wished to remove the “a hideo kojima game” tagline because of the pressure that would fall upon the new director. the timing would be perfect… it’s like kojima is BB konami is cipher… and the fans are skullface (me and ur boss, we know way back) who wants BOTH dead because of their lies & conspiracies. it seems to be all embedded within the story.

        but please… i don’t even know what to believe. i only know that i onced had a deep longing for this game, i couldn’t wait for it to come our. but now, all i feel is depression.

        i don’t know what to believe. seems like spies & lies everywhere. :/

      • NakedSnake85

        of course its all a staged drama

    • FMercenary

      I’m scared now!

    • #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME

      No! You know what, dude? You don’t get to do that to us. Come to this site and claiming you have information about this and not telling us. Instead posting a vague comment. What are you KONAMI. Don’t play with things like this. Either you know something and say it. Or don’t bring it up at all.

    • Your comment already caught some attention. 😛

      http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=156855679&postcount=383

    • Gatsu

      O_o whaaat!? Spit it out :O

    • Batzi

      Why should we believe you?

    • vic boss

      Just tell us, a mail from whom?

    • Silverius

      You got nothing man. Fishing for upvotes like that? that’s low, feel free to prove me wrong otherwise.

  • #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME

    I think the biggest controversy is the “restricted access to internet and email.” It’s like I can’t even imagine what Kojima must feel not being able to post pictures of his lunch on twitter. Oh the humanity!!

  • LuxAlike

    Is is 100%-Pure-Freshly-Squeezed-Natural-Not-From-Concentrate-Zero-Additives type BS.

  • César H. Sandoval

    Damage control at their finest. Put Kojima’s name back on MGSV!

  • LegendarySnake

    I just decided to create an account so say that I’m sad for Kojima and his team. #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME
    . It will be great if the petiton can change Konami’s decision! And if you are on Steam join Metal Gear Solid Fan Club. Thank you to everyone and Nyxus for this awesome website that I followed since the beginning!

    • César H. Sandoval

      Loose the “#JeSuisKojima” we don’t need that kind of public for a videogame “crisis”, #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME is good enough, let them now we want the proper credit in his last game, at least.

      • LegendarySnake

        Ok I edited 🙂

  • SolidSuneku

    I have been thinking about this…..if Kojima is really leaving konami after this and konami is reorganizing maybe koji pro is just becoming there own separate company now….if this was to happen i guess konami would have to drop all logos ect at there end for the meantime untill they have everything sorted again…
    I just hope by the time the game is out we will see #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME and the Koji Pro logo where it belongs…..

  • Gatsu

    I hope Nyx you can still keep sharing TPP info with us somehow during the months, especially before E3. But no twitter pics etc ohhh it hurts… Kojimaaaa we need you ;C

  • A Hideo Kojima Game

    What the fuck?! Is this some kind of alternate dimension?

    – First you ripped Hideo and KojiPro’s name off of MGSV promotion arts.

    – Then you tell us you’re disbanding Kojima Productions and flat ironing your logo on their Los Angeles studios.

    – Then you tell us they’re now only allowed to have limited access to company resource while developing MGSV..

    – Then you announce you’re recruiting new “yes men” to help put your stank on the Metal Gear series after TPP is done.

    – You’re virtually forbidding Kojima from posting images of MGSV for hype, make comments about tidbits from previous installments, etc. etc. on Twitter…. Basically taking his hobby away.

    – And now this “damage control” is the best you guys can come up with?! Relaying messages from Kojima’s “behalf”, by your own disclosure to the public, and not with him to us directly?

    ….This is some legit tyranny shit. It feels like I’m watching an episode of Breaking Bad.

    Jesse=Kojima
    Todd=Konami

    http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/09/16/article-2422199-1BDBE9A7000005DC-124_634x358.jpg

    • MichaelPayneV

      Ubisoft definitely.

      • Le Guy who drowned quiet

        “Then you tell us they’re now only allowed to have limited access to company resource while developing MGSV.”.dont know why but this reminds me when activision denied infinity wards profit from the sales of mw2.

  • Mini gear

    i grew so much hate for konami in only a few days

    • MichaelPayneV

      I started to HATE Konami since 2013, for not letting Hideo bring GZ to PC in the same month as the Console versions.

      • Fernando Benítez

        I hate Konami since they ruined Silent Hill and Castlevania.

    • #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME

      Who wants to start the #IHateKonamiBecause hashtag?

      • Amir

        No, we don’t need more hashtags. We’re even losing #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME.
        At it’s peak two days ago we had more than 4-5 tweets a minute.
        Right now it’s only one tweet every 20-30 minute. This is bad.

        We should do something about this. We still haven’t got a satisfying answer from Konami, and obviously Kojima is not allowed to tweet anymore too.

        I sent tweets about this to Troy Baker, Kiefer and Garbage, hoping that with their say and their followers, maybe we can bring in more people, but we got nothing.

        See what you guys can do about bringing more people on #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME.

  • PrinceHeir

    “Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes may be too risky to be released, says Kojima”

    “Kojima: I’ll leave games industry if I “mess up” next project”

    These are some of the quotes Kojima said 3-5 years ago.

    Guess it did came true huh? For me i just hope Kojimaand his team will be able to put everything he always wanted. So that after a few years after The Phantom Pain was released, he won’t have any regrets saying like he should have done something like this if he had more time etc.

  • Nacrois

    KONAMI = THE PATRIOTS

  • Theo Heisenberg Constantine

    restricting the use of internet makes me feel like konami is trying to keep them from spilling the beans on whats going on or something.

    • Gatsu

      Yeah, because we all know Kojima loves to post stuff on the net.

      It’s either that, or this is part of some bigger plan… but I don’t think so.

      • korruption

        I wouldn’t mind waking up April 1st (hangover notwithstanding) to a Konami post that reads “charades usually are humorous…”

  • John

    ARE YOU PEOPLE REALLY FALLING FOR A KOJIMA RUSE?!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cmon this is all publicity stunt.

    • But would they really want a publicity stunt that brings them bad publicity?

      • Silverius

        Bad publicity goes viral way faster, and its still publicity non the less. Personally it all seems too rushed and poorly managed, I smell April fools here.

        • People are actually canceling pre-orders over this, isn’t that where they would draw the line?

          • Silverius

            Kojima almighty, really? I wouldn’t drop my pre order over this, shit is getting real then.

          • Silverius

            It has begun, a word from Kojima could stop this madness, a video from him clearing things up.

          • korruption

            Something that he is unfortunately heavily restricted from doing. Peculiar…

        • Gatsu

          I dont know man, could Kojima even be a day without posting stuff over his twitter account?

          I hope you’re right, but all this is so messed up when thinking about it so I dunno what to believe ;C …

      • korruption

        Why not? It worked wonders for Fred Durst! =D

      • vic boss

        I’ve got a couple of friends who don’t like metal gear and didn’t even know who Kojima was. And now they know who he is and they are considering buying TPP when it comes out.

    • Gatsu

      Well the thing is, no one can know for sure. Are you 100% certain what is going on there?
      But if you work at Konami then of course.

    • Stormy Rain

      Maybe?

  • Cobra Commander

    Isn’t it funny how e-mail and internet wasn’t a problem during MGSV’s development until all this recent craziness?
    I bet you any money it’s to censor Koji Pro employees. There is probably a department in place that monitors all outgoing and incoming e-mail and deletes all info they don’t want anyone seeing. That is real petty if you ask me, Konami doesn’t want something reaching the public. Who is to say phone calls aren’t restricted either.
    Almost sounds like Koji Pro employees are being held hostage or being kept as prisoners. This is all total bullshit, the backlash on Konami is going to be massive.

  • korruption

    So I’m guessing the next statement will be as follows:

    “We are thrilled to announce that we have assembled a new team who have seized production of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain from ‘He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named Productions’ and have implemented many changes that we know you’ll be very excited about! By the time November (sorry for the delay, you understand) rolls around, the game will be divided into separate episodes for $40 each – which will be released every 6 months for the next 9 years, all in-game currency will now be acquired through microtransactions to meet the standards of today’s consumer convenience policies, maintaining a constant online connectivity will be mandatory to play the game in any capacity to prevent piracy and to gauge everyone’s preferences and play style so we can provide you with more relevant ads for your iDroid, which will automatically initiate every 5 minutes during gameplay and last around 20 seconds (minimum estimate), and finally all cardboard boxes will be removed. Please look forward to even more exciting updates in the future!”

  • #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME

    I want to write KONAMI HQ a letter. Let be brush up on my Japanese.

    • korruption

      They don’t understand what “GET FUCKED!” means?

      Oops my bad, I replied before the image loaded. =]

      • #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME

        ;P

        • korruption

          Right.

    • Shalashaska

      Now I know them important words to describe my feelings ! ARIGATO!!!! 😀

  • Gatsu

    PT and SH are some of the reasons that why I want to believe this is all bullshit. They gotta do SH with Kojima and Toro, I mean all the excitement for it and even doing such incredible demo PT can’t be for nothing :(.

    • Marxal

      It seems unlikely that Del Toro would continue with Silent Hill without Kojima and it may just come to a flop. But theres always the chance that they will create some new horror game together without Konami. PT and it’s trailer all had very little to do with Silent Hill, so there’s no doubt any horror game they made together would be pretty good. Just sucks they wont have Fox engine.

  • Marxal

    I’m starting to get worried that TPP itself is going to have edits or censors now. If I don’t see A Hideo Kojima Game appear before the title shows up I’ll be so mad.

  • MichaelPayneV

    Well it is what it is, Konami will make a new series, and as much as we would like to say Fukk Konami, which I totally agree with if you read this Konami, i’m not a hypocrite, I honestly hate you now more then I hate Ubisoft, but let’s be mature instead and give Konami suggestions so that the New series could be at least half as good as Video’s weekest Game.

    Now Konami what I will suggest you to do as from a Stealth Fan is take the same approach you took with Rising, hire a Development studio that could fill the shooes left by Hideo and who doesn’t have a Big list of Upcoming Games.

    Now to the “A Hideo Kojima Game” community, which I’m proud to be part of, the only Development Studio who could fill the shoes and give as a Compelling Stealth and Narrative Experience close to Hideo’s work is not other than Rocksteady, the Developers of Arkham Asylum, City and Knight, their Narrative and Gameplay mechanics skill are at times on Par if not above Hideo’s, so Konami should be Stupid to not give Rocksteady this task, especially now that they will end the Arkham Series, they Need work, they Need a Franchise like Metal Gear to stay in Big Businesses, and Konami needs them.

    ——————-+
    Now who would you chose to keep this Franchise Alive, Excluding Kojima and Rocksteady?

  • JDSS1

    I have a maybe silly question, did kojima want to leave or was konami who erased him and kojipro?

    • Marxal

      Just speculation here; but it seemed that Kojima wanted to leave after TPP was finished and released. All of this is Konami doing some ‘damage control’ assuring that the Metal Gear franchise belongs to them and not Kojima. Erasing all evidence of his title and Kojipro helps affront that Konami owns the series.

      • JDSS1

        So disgusting… and if this were true, what would happen if kojima tells it? I mean, kojima is being forbidden of social media and more, but with some other method maybe he could say this to the world.

        • Marxal

          If everything so far is true Kojima is probably bound to contractual silence and we won’t know until the release of the game, December or if Konami elaborates further.

          • JDSS1

            What a mess. I hope the theory that it is all orchestrated with the goal to get attention is true

            And the advertisements (pictures, info and videos) for TPP will only be given through the kojima stations

  • ObsessedGeorge

    Maybe this is genius marketing campaign. Konami took away Kojima Productions. They made me feel phantom pain. You feel it too, don’t you?

    • MichaelPayneV

      Or maybe “The Phantom Pain” Is Kojima losing the rights to MGS, but still feeling it like is there.

      • Gatsu

        It would be crazy if this was all Kojima’s idea. Would be one hell of a way to depart from his MGS saga, to reflect The Phantom Pain in the real world to us fans. Konami being like Cipher and Kojima BB etc… Kojima going into “a coma” when can’t even use his twitter account ‘n stuff.

        • korruption

          Dammit stop being so accurate! It’s scary! =(

          • Gatsu

            I’m not accurate XD…maybe. Sorry ;C just posting nonsense here lol.

            But really, I wonder how much we are going to get any TPP news during the upcoming months because of this mess. Perhaps it’s not needed as E3 is coming soon and know the release date, but still it would be so great to follow up with any new stuff Kojima would want to share. Like them chopper photos :(…

          • korruption

            Seems all that’s going on is nonsense so ish coo. XD

            The Hideo Kojima Game and logo aside, all I’m hoping for is that Konami doesn’t start pissing around with anything in the game itself. I don’t think they truly would–unless they demanded Kojima edit out a part where you can find the CEO of Konami and torture him for fun–but the events within the last few days make me wonder… and wonder…

        • MichaelPayneV

          Not really, Konami would be Kaz, who created Diamond Dogs (Koji Pro L.A.) While he was Gone, Cipher would be Konami Japan, while Skull Face/XOF would be the Enemy that Hideo will be working for.

          Foe this mean that Hideo will go at Ubisoft and get his hands on Splinter Cell, and Reboot it, and make it better then any Metal Gear he has created? I could see that.

  • JDSS1

    People! dont forget the Kojima Station the 26th of March! Hope kojima and others said something important!

    • Gatsu

      Thanks, I won’t forget ;).

    • Hopefully it won’t get cancelled. It will probably be one of the best visited episodes. 😉

  • JDSS1

    People what you think about this:

    TPP releases 1st September. Why konami erases now kojipro? why not even earlier? they were waiting for kojipro to finish TPP? but if this is so, the game would release sooner than September right?

    It is not rare?

  • MichaelPayneV

    Just changed my Facebook banner to this.

  • Shalashaska

    I’ve been thinking and if all this isnt another one of Kojima’s Trolls, Which I really dont think it is.. It will be sad the way they are ending it. Firstly, I understand the company has to run and needs brand recognition but what are they without what kojima has done for them? They should respect that because HE is the reason they are so rich. Now just because they know he isnt gonna make another MG game, they literally STEAL the rights from his hands, destroy everything he has made to make their own “Future MG titles”.. If this Backstab is real, I can honestly promise never to get another Konami title again. Im not gonna pay these guy even if they released a Mg remake or MGrising. Its like stepping over Kojima for Money. No way. I’m good as long at TPP is the BEST Game Kojima Makes. This series Dies, For me, If This backstab is real. and Im not angry or anything. its just the way i feel. What the difference between them and someone who steals another person’s idea and then throw them on the street ? Nothing. No difference. No anger, nothing. Just No respect no more. There will many more games to choose from by the time they make their next game. Konami should remember that.
    I always knew Kojima was leaving either way. But that guy should be given the highest of respect when walking out the door but instead they are stripping him of his rights and just throwing him out. Not Good Konami. Not Good at all.

    http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view6/4557884/ross-leaves-door-open-o.gif

    • Are we talking about Kojima? or David Hayter?
      because it sounds like the same thing. Just thrown away like trash, given no respect.

      • Shalashaska

        Kojima is the maker of the game.. David Is the voice of it.. ALTHOUGH I LOVE HAYTER.. i’m talking about Kojima

  • moto hellogoto

    It looks like David Hayter is being questioned to find out what he thinks about all this on twitter. Here is his response. I think it’s hilarious.

    http://a.pomf.se/uqvwiq.jpg

  • korruption

    According to Gamer Center Online, “Mr. Kojima is fully invested in all projects under his supervision”. Silent Hills “will continue development even without Kojima”. Kojima says that he “doesn’t want to associate with Konami Digital Entertainment any more than he already has to” so there’s that. Not exactly the best news if it’s news at all by this point.
    I don’t know how reliable that site is but this doesn’t look like an April Fools joke to me.

  • I’ve always thought Konami higher ups were some shady SOBs but this.. this is a whole new level of A-holeness.

  • MrVux007

    (sorry for off-topic)i have found a song for a video im editing for my Big Boss painting (yes,yes i know i should have put some MGS soundtrack or Nuclear,but to me none of them really fit for my picture)..my picture is about Big Boss as a whole,and his original idea of Outer Heaven….the song is not relaxing(as the title says),its beautiful also sad..such as the idea of his Outer Heaven, and Big Boss life as a whole… The Boss: ˝Jack… or should I say Snake… you’re a wonderful man. Kill me now.˝ …and i will be completely honest with you guys,this song has pushed me,i mean really pushed me to make the best damn drawing of BB…and that is why i havent posted anything new yet,since i wasnt pleased with the painting….it has to be perfect….when you listen to this song,think of Big Boss,think of rise and downfall of an IDEA,not the country itself….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8u0FguWnyY

    • Gatsu

      Beautiful song, I love it very much thank you Vux =)! I like listening to relaxing songs a lot but never heard this before <3. Can't wait to see your drawing, but take your time with it.

      Here's few of my personal favorite songs, if wanna try listen too ;). Listening these kinds of songs make me feel little better amongst all the recent news.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yNEe5AbRus

      • MrVux007

        Wow ty …the Accadia one,is so cool and smooth…will put that to good use…thx bud !

        • Gatsu

          Np ;), glad you enjoy.

  • VenomAwakens

    Here’s to you, Kojima and Staff…..
    Rest forever here in our hearts…..
    The last and final moment is yours…..
    That agony is your triumph…..

  • random dude

    We can’t judge the situation without fully knowing what’s going on. Maybe Kojima agreed to this, maybe he planned to leave long time ago so Konami just took over and readjusted the way they operate from now on. Removing “A HIDEO KOJIMA GAME” from the promo art might feel wrong, but since KJP doesn’t exist anymore it’s not Kojimas game anymore. It’s all “officially” Konami now, but we know the real truth. It makes more sense marketing wise for Konami, they want their games from now on to be recognized as “made by Konami” not just Kojima. It will make them bigger in average,casual consumer eye

  • ominonarepus
    • Gatsu

      I miss those days… although many complained about the chopper photos, I loved to get something new at least. Now we’re getting nothing ;(… *sniff* Kojimaaa.

      • ominonarepus

        I was more interested about the title of the photo…

  • #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME

    I want to remove the KONAMI Brand Logo from history starting with TPP.

    • ominonarepus

      Well, from now on, all the cover arts with the “A Hideo Kojima game” are goin to be unique xD

      • #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME

        All I know is that in case the cover doesn’t have the KojiPro logo and #ahideokojima game, which is likely. I’m printing out my own cover.

    • FMercenary

      Has anyone tried ordering a game from the Konami store just to see if it’s missing the “A HIDEO KOJIMA GAME” from the cover?

      • #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME

        The image in the Stroe Front for the case cover still has in fact the A Hideo Kojima tagline but all other promotion on the site doesn’t have it.

        http://www.konamistyle.jp/item/73058

  • #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME

    For anyone having trouble voicing their feelings, here’s pretty much it.

  • Golgari

    Yeah.. Well… This happened. No more 1st April fool jokes:

    https://twitter.com/Jordan_Amaro/status/579091683918249984

    P.S. For people who don’t know him. Jordan Amaro is another game designer (or senior designer) for The Phantom Pain. Previously he worked at Crytek.

    • Gatsu

      I don’t understand.

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