Metal Gear Solid V’s content will not be affected by the restructure, Japanese staff indeed working as contractors?

For those who are worried Konami’s restructuring will negatively affect the game: the changes at least don’t seem to have influenced the development of the new Metal Gear Online, or the content of MGSV in general.

‘Metal Gear Online continues to be in development as normal.’ the developers said via Twitter answering concerned fans. They also stated there are no plans to change the staff after release, and support from Konami is planned to continue.

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Robert Peeler, Community Manager for Konami Los Angeles Studio (formerly Kojima Productions LA), answered some questions on his personal Twitter account. First of all, he couldn’t say if Konami will be making some additional comments in response to everything that’s happening. He did assure, however, that the content of the game will remain the same. ‘Nothing has changed MGO development plans.’ he wrote. ‘We have a game to launch and the vision hasn’t changed’.

After inquiring if these comments were specifically for Metal Gear Online, Robert Peeler replied: ‘The content of MGSV will not be affected by the studio restructure.’

He later added: ‘there are no recent changes to the story I know of’.

While these comments came from the LA studio staff, most of the people over at the studio in Tokyo remain completely silent. Hideo Kojima, Ken Imaizumi and others haven’t posted a single tweet since last Thursday. Only one staff member showed sign of life yesterday: Jordan Amaro, level designer for MGSV: The Phantom Pain. ‘Can’t comment, hope you’ll understand.’ he posted. ‘Thank you.’ Statements by Konami made earlier this week reassured Kojima is still in control of The Phantom Pain. Judging from Ken Imaizumi’s current LinkedIn profile, he is now also working at Konami as a contractor. This might go for other staff members as well, as the Gamespot inside source revealed, but Konami hasn’t yet confirmed this.

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Ken in the Kojima Productions Japan studio earlier this year

For now, a new Kojima Station episode is still scheduled for next Thursday, but it is possible this will get cancelled. We’ll have to wait and see.

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

Source: Metal Gear Online Twitter, Robert Peeler Twitter, Jordan Amaro Twitter, JunkerHQ

  • FOX

    See you on the chopper tomorrow

  • Venom_Sina

    Gonna have to wait for the next Kojima Station,but as Nyxus said,at this point,cancellation is a possibility

  • Golgari

    I’m not sure that the last Kojima Station will be cancelled. Kojima Station is still a thing for now because Konami spent some money on it so it will be probably the last one we will see that has some info about the game.

    Since Konami fiasco I’m sad… Sad every day.

  • César H. Sandoval

    Man, poor Ken…

    • Just hope everything is going to work out for them. And yeah, Ken is awesome. But the good news is that if he’s a contractor, maybe he can join Kojima in his future projects (along with Shinkawa and some other KojiPro veterans).

      • César H. Sandoval

        I’m sure that Hideo and his staff can find a good workplace somewhere else, Is just, that it doesn’t seem fair to any of them, to be disposed like this by Konami after building all those great games.

        • Golgari

          I think Konami is not trying to dispose of them. They are just killing of the brand to continue on it’s own. They are searching for the new Metal Gear team and looking for the members that were with Kojima.
          Some of them will go away and some of them won’t.

          I wish Kojima, Shinkawa and other members of the team Good Luck.

        • MichaelPayneV

          Don’t worry, i bet Hideo has enough Money to create his own Development Studio in Max 3 months after his departure, plus by erasing Kojima from everywhere that means that Hideo has the rights to the “Kojima Productions” Name and Logo.

          • not the FOX logo since its part of the MGS brand…

          • MichaelPayneV

            Then Kojima should just go at Rockstar Games and create “Rockstar Tokyo”

          • Ali Alobaidy

            he should join noughty dog or or with heavy rain developers lets make noughty kojima

          • MichaelPayneV

            No, he should make a contract with Rockstar Games and create “Rockstar Tokyo” and ecome the main Developer of Red Dead and Max Payne Series, he would be Perfect for those 2 series, or hell, make his own Series.

            Imagine seeing on Next Red Dead Gameand any Game he makes at Rockstar.

            “Rockstar Games present a Hideo Kojima Game”

  • Gatsu

    Goddamit, Konami how can you do this!? Whole situation is so f*cked up really :C. Well they better not change ANYTHING from the games or I promise I will go SO MAD and put my Arnold mode on.

    Also hoping Koji Station happens ;(.

    • MichaelPayneV

      I’m pretty sure that since Kojima name was removed from everywhere that “Kojima Station” New Episode will be called “Metal Gear Portal”

      • César H. Sandoval

        KOMAMI: brings you, THE METAL GEAR SUPER-SHOW!

        (Guest starring Hideo-kun)

    • Javier Sosa

      I think there wont be any new koji station or even twets from hideo.

  • Ninja_Se7eN

    Somehow I’m finding it hard to believe this whole Konami philosophy:
    “Everything will remain the same but we’re changing everything!”

    • Amir

      Actually, that’s not what they’re trying to convey. They’re saying that:
      “Everything TPP-related will remain the same, but we’re changing everything after that.”

      • Ninja_Se7eN

        I know, but they’re saying that everything is the same with TPP while removing Kojima Productions logos and “A Hideo Kojima Game”.
        If everything is supposed to remain the same (for now) why remove that (now) ?

        • Amir

          That was the big mistake on their part. They should’ve waited until after The Phantom Pain’s release, and then they could announce Kojima’s departure and Kojima Production’s changes.
          Just like with Ken Levine’s departure and Irrational Games’ closure after Bioshock: Infinite’s release.
          If Konami had waited until after release, then they could also keep their reputation the same as it was three days ago.

          • It’s weird that they didn’t even announce these changes were coming. That just resulted in everyone panicking. Kojima Productions has been around for almost 10 years, so it’s kind of a big deal when it’s suddenly disbanded.

          • Ninja_Se7eN

            Yeah, this whole thing feels like someone at Konami needed to show they had more power than Kojima.

  • MichaelPayneV

    Hey @Nyxus:disqus i have a question for you, because apparently no one else here seems to give a flying about who could keep Hideo Legacy alive, who could Develop the “New Metal Gear Series” and make it half as good as Hideo’s Lowest Game.

    Would you have faith in this New Series from a Gameplay and Narrative point if Rocksteady Studios would become the New Developers?
    http://www.madeforgaming.com/wp-content/uploads/Rocksteady-logo.jpg

    • Gatsu

      Haven’t really put much thought to this so haven’t commented, because not sure what other studio could really do a good game of it. I rather wait and see what happen.

      I do enjoy the Batman games by Rocksteady, but they’re still a quite different from MGS so not sure.

      • Amir

        The great thing about Rocksteady’s Batman games is the attention to details. They’re crazy about the details in their games and their Batman games also include a ton of easter eggs.
        They have characters or events in their games who are just there to shock the player. They’re not as great as Kojima (No one is, in the videogame industry at least, out of it we have guys like Buñuel or Jodorowsky, a guy who Kojima also very much admires.)

        You brought up a great example. If Kojima is not going to direct the next Metal Gear, I want Konami to give it to Rocksteady. The way they handled the Batman franchise with respect also shows that they can be trusted to handle something like Metal Gear.

        @Nyxus:disqus go play Arkham Asylum right now; I mean it. Right Fucking now.

        About the story, Konami should start completely fresh. Solid’s story is done. Kojima has said that he’s going to close the story of Big Boss in The Phantom Pain.
        They should write a new story with completely new characters. It shouldn’t be a Metal Gear “Solid” game. I don’t know; maybe a stealth spy game in the modern era with a female protagonist, with confined spaces like MGS1.
        But whatever they come up with, they should not touch MGS’s story; not even reference it in the easter eggs.

        A better idea is to give the Fox Engine to Rocksteady, and ask them for a completely new story. They’re capable of doing it.

    • Never played a game from Rocksteady, but story-wise, it’s hard to take anything that hasn’t been created by Kojima as a true, canon Metal Gear game.

      • MichaelPayneV

        What, you never played Arkham City? You should, because at times the Storytelling from that Game is on par with Hideo.

        • Kol Leqejza

          but only because it borrows a lot from MGS 4. plus it overused all villains & minor characters (just like mgs 4, too). asylum was still the best.

          • MichaelPayneV

            Da Fuq? What’s you problem?

          • Kol Leqejza

            u say arkham city is on par with kojimas writing. and i say that’s utter bullshit.

          • MichaelPayneV

            Read again, I clearly said “at times”

          • Kol Leqejza

            ok, fair enough.

    • Shadow Rex

      What’s with the attack on everyone here?

      • It’s just a thing he does.

      • MichaelPayneV

        Huh?

        • Shadow Rex

          When you said no one else here seems to give a flying about it, that’s what sounded like a generalised attack at the community. Anyway in my opinion though it’s a hard pick, 25 years and no one for me has made anything similar to MGS. Maybe someone under the Square Enix banner, Deus Ex, Hitman andTomb Raider all come to mind.

          • MichaelPayneV

            In that case i apologize, i didn’t wanted to insult anyone.

            I still have to get used with this Politically Correct BS.

          • Shadow Rex

            Hahaha nah it’s okay. I thought something here had genuinely pissed you off, I was curious as to what it may have been.

    • Shalashaska

      Hey RockSteady is good but the stealth.. NOT SO good.AND I LOVED AND PLAYED THE HELL out of all the Arkham Games.. hell I’ve gotten like 100% completion in all of them… BUT Can they handle a MGS game without turning it into another Batman.. I dont think so.. Noo.. i really dont think they can handle it without putting their own ideas into it thereby changing MG.. would i trust them to make their own IP .. yea perhaps but in terms of story telling and pure IDEAS.. Kojima is WAY FAR AHEAD.. plus if you’ve played all the games.. you’ll realize the main reason the games are so famous is because of the FLUID Combat.. not something really needed in a mg game unless you want BBoss Beating up dude right and left … plus a game made by anyone other than Kojima.. well that just doesnt feel MGS anymore.. atleast for me it doesnt

      • MichaelPayneV

        What i’m saying is that the only ones that could make a Decent Metal Gear are Rocksteady.

      • Icycool

        I know. Nobody can match his ideas in terms of pure storytelling. Hell MGS4 which hardcore fans considers the weakest in the series has message that soon world will go in paradigm shift from counter terrorism to counter cyber terrorism.

    • Icycool

      I was reading your comment and was expecting how WB studios fucked up with batman: Arkham Origins and Rocksteady came back to finally close the triology

      • MichaelPayneV

        Yes, finally someone blaming WB Studious for Origins being Rushed, and not WB Montreal, The Developers of Origins.

        • Icycool

          I understand the part where kojima wants to retire the series and konami wants to keep making it. But what I can’t grasp is that if Kojima takes atleast 5 years to make his own game look like masterpiece then is it even remotely possible to create a game like his by some other director who doesn’t see through his eyes and looks for his vision of how game should be. But the way Konami has gone about it. I do not believe that is the case.

    • MrVux007

      for narrative i would go for Naughty Dog,they proved themselves many times with action packed and emotional Uncharted series,and who would forget the story of TLOU,or hire the writers of the original Silent Hills games (Takayoshi Sato and Hiroyuki Owaku)…as for gameplay part,its really hard,since MGS had a really unique stealth mechanics,but IO-interactive known for hitman series could do the job,or Ion-Storm studios known for Thief and Deus-Ex…other then those i allready mentioned ,i dont see many good game developers that specialize with steatlh mechanics and good story telling at the same time as KJP team…and Hideo Kojima legacy will live on,by purchasing his games…again we are yet to see what will future unravel for him,the whole situation with KONAMI is still unclear,and fans being fans use poor judgement of words in those (unclear situations)…i wont say anything before this whole thing is cleared out…

      • MichaelPayneV

        Well Naughty Dog are owned by Sony, so they can’t make a Konami, which let us with Rocksteady, Rockstar Games and Avalanche Studious available for the New Series, and in my opinion out of all 3 Rocksteady is the better choice.

        • MrVux007

          You do know,that subsidiary companies can work for other publishing houses….?

          • MichaelPayneV

            Well making the New Series Play Station Exclusive would make no sense, more exactly making Exclusive Games when you have the Fox Engine is like shooting yourself in the foot.

          • MrVux007

            um why would it be shooting itself in the foot? Game quality is guaranteed,and the sales would be good since most of the fanbase is still on Playstation….and before you say that it isnt fair that they went from mutliplat to exclusive game,does MGS3 and MGS4 ring a bell?

          • MichaelPayneV

            Don’t forget that a big part of the Fan Base will be gone, so they need to make this New Series Multiplatform if they want to make some money.

          • MrVux007

            *big part of the fanbase will be gone*…i give up…your either ignorant of some facts,or a tryhard troll …goodbye

          • MichaelPayneV

            If you think that After Kojima is out the Majority of the Metal Gear Community will still support this New Series, then you have some issues.

          • MrVux007

            Keep digging that ignorant hole Michael….you have been digging it so well for past year or so ….

          • MichaelPayneV

            So you will be fully supporting the new series. Good to know, just don’t get your hopes up, at least not “Hideo” level, you may end up disappointed, always keep realistic expectations, and hope for the Best, while waiting for The Worst, it worked for me with Arkham Origins, had very low Expectation, but ended up enjoying it.

          • MrVux007

            i didnt say nothing about supporting the new series….i dont even know where will the *new* series continue on…all i know if the new games are good in quality i will buy them and play them,if not i wont….same goes for most of the MGS fanbase…and please leave your advices for yourself,im not taking advices from arrogant people like yourself…Hideo Kojima is and always will be *one* of the best,but not the best(IMO each and every game developer distinguish themselves in certen areas,but not in all of them,so there is no best all-round developer) …who knows what the world holds for us,we might get another Hideo Kojima,we might get another Ubisoft type of games(even tho they had quite high quality games themselves before it all went to shite couple of years ago)….and just maybe,we will get someone who will even surpass Hideo Kojima…do you get it now? i know that most of the fanbase will wait out and see what the future brings after TPP….and in you statement they will leave the ship,after TPP…we are not that dumb(atleast some of us arent)… and PS we are yet to get any clarification will Kojima leave or not,all we are hearing now are rumors that are yet to be clarified and confirmed…. -_-

          • MichaelPayneV

            Well i guess we will have to support each other for the next years on metalgearinformer.com, leave our differences beside, since we are both Metal Gear fans, i’m more of a Hideo Fan, but hey, we are Human beings, we don’t all like the same things, so i guess we’ll just have to deal with the fact that the only thing we have in common is the Metal Gear series, and nothing else.

            About the arrogant part, i wasn’t intending or trying that, just tryed to give you a friendly advise, as from a Rival to Rival, as from Ocelot to Big Boss, as from Skull Face to Big Boss, etc. that’s all

            PS: 1 more thing (optional), just try not acting like a D. this much, please…and again this is not an offense, just an advice to so that we could stand each other on this website without acting like D’s, and yes, i sometimes acted like a D, and for that i apologize.

            Now. are we cool?

  • Javier Sosa

    Hey nix, you write it wrong, its not kojima studios la, its konami studios la.

    • Heh, you’re right. Hard to get used to.

      • César H. Sandoval

        You feel it too, don’t you? The studio we lost…

  • Xilurm

    Wait, so, isn’t Hideo’s twitter his own personal twitter? Why can’t he access it? I mean, from home or something?

    • MichaelPayneV

      Wrong, Hideo Kojima En/JP are his Official Twitters, when “Joakim N.Mogren is his personal Twitter.

      • Xilurm

        Wait, really? I just checked the latter, and the way he talks, seems weird.

        • MichaelPayneV

          Not sure, but for some reason Joakim new things and said things before they were revealed, only 1 time he was wrong, about February 24th, but if he is Hideo then he was wrong about Schedule changes, maybe he planed to reveal the release date then.

          • Raymondius

            Dude, it’s fake. He has never said anything that ended up being true.

          • Cobra

            The “Joakim Morgen” Twitter is just some guys from /v/ having a laugh.

        • Joakim Mogren Twitter is a fake. Kojima uses his Japanese Twitter both for work and private. The tweets for his English account are being translated by his personal assistant Ayako Terashima.

    • He probably can but has just made an agreement with Konami.

      • César H. Sandoval

        He has to stay quiet until the game releases, otherwhise he could jeopardize things.

      • kirtanloorii

        I’m starting to think that Konami doesn’t want Kojima to speak because the MGS community is too smart. Think about it. How much information can be gathered from a single picture or tweet? Maybe they don’t want PythonSelkan making any more videos, lol.

  • A Hideo Kojima Game

    So what I’m gathering is…. They’re not acknowledging anything about his tagline and studio logo for MGSV?

    See, it would be one thing if all of this happened before MGSV, but not only do you not erase his logos and taglines DURING the final moments of a upcoming game that THEY broke their backs over to accomplish (and still are, thanks to Konami treating them like kids being grounded via limited resource and interviews),

    And you damn sure don’t erase his name and taglines from previous completed games, on the internet. Put their credit and logo back on MGSV and previous entrees. This is not a hard concept.

    • César H. Sandoval

      If it’s not on TPP once my order comes, I’ll print it and slap it over the cover.

    • Mini gear

      yeah there “a hideo kojima game” now they act like konami themselfs were in charge of all the old games. i even saw some guy thanking konami for mgsv

    • Sly

      Hopefully it will still say A HIDEO KOJIMA GAME in the opening credits but I doubt it will keep the Kojima Productions logo. It’s like he was trying to tell us in the Deja Vu mission when we erased all his MGS games…

      • Kol Leqejza

        either that, or…

      • RanFujimiya

        Jep, that’s what I’m afraid of, too. I think they’ll takte this out, too

  • Yaro

    But wait… this for my understanding is that MGSO wont be affected but what TPP? This are two different things.

    • A Hideo Kojima Game

      He says it in the very next tweet, MGSV’s content won’t be affected by the restructure.

      • Gatsu

        “most of the people over at the studio in Tokyo remain completely silent. Hideo Kojima, Ken Imaizumi and others haven’t posted a single tweet since last Thursday.”

        Lets hope it won’t.

        • A Hideo Kojima Game

          True, I definitely value their words more than anyone else. I was just responding to what Nyxus asked of the MGO developer and posted in the article.

          • Gatsu

            Yeah np ;)… I would guess that Robert knows more details about all this situation than we do. So I think what he say is correct.

        • Shalashaska

          Ofcourse it will. They wont go like “yea our bs actions have made every amazing worker in KojiPro hate us and brought down their morale…it wont affect the game at all in respect to how much money we dish out but we dont care for the game because we know you’ll buy it either way whether it be bad or good”
          Konami is messing up man. MGS TPP will be the last 60 Dollars they get from me.

      • Yeah, going by Rob’s response TPP won’t be affected either.

        • Amir

          He’s a community manager, it’s his job to reassure everyone that everything’s still going great and nothing’s changed. I’m skeptical not only about his comments but also about Konami’s statement that included a few words from Kojima.

          Found this on Twitter: Imagine this scene from Toy Story, with Woody being Konami and Buzz being Kojima. Now go read Konami’s statement again.

          • César H. Sandoval

            We will only get the full truth when all is said and done.

          • Yeah, good point.

          • Amir

            That’s my Tweet up there in the post. If you look you see that I’ve also asked him about the general feeling in studio, and he said nothing about that.

            But he’s doing the right thing if he wants to keep his job. I think that all of this happened because Konami’s shareholders were angry about the Kojima’s last interview; because he had said that he won’t be working on Metal Gear anymore.

            And because of that, Kojima’s bosses have limited his appearances in media and he also can’t tweet anymore.

            In a company that treats its most important person like this, a community manager has to be super careful not to say anything that may make him lose his job.

          • The Reaver

            The Konami statement I’m looking at doesn’t actually have any words from Kojima. Is his statement separate? http://www.konami-digital-entertainment.co.jp/en/news/topics/2015/0320/

          • Amir

            That’s also another reason why I doubt that those are his words.

            This one doesn’t include Kojima’s words, and this is from their corporate website, and should be taken more seriously:
            http://www.konami-digital-entertainment.co.jp/en/news/topics/2015/0320/

            This one that they posted later, and I have to point out that this a promotional website, included a statement from Kojima, but everything else is exactly copy-pasted from the one above:
            https://uk.games.konami-europe.com/posts/Notification-Regarding-METAL-GEAR-SOLID-V-THE-PHANTOM-PAIN

          • korruption

            Kojima lost his arm now? Great…

          • Shalashaska

            Exactly, They arent gonna tell the truth… they are here to reassure people that what their selling is still top Notch. Not saying it isnt but This has to be taking some toll on the Team. No one could let this just go blindly. and konami isnt gonna say “yes, we are effing with their minds..we want micro transactions and hidden payments even after you buy our game AND AND oh.. also we are the reason the game you wanted isnt gonna come out as good as Kojima wanted it to be. so Teehee”

      • Yaro

        oh ok! Thanks! Wheew!

  • SiodogRehane

    This is all that matters

    • Stormy Rain

      I think his legacy started with penguins.

  • ThreeMadFrogs

    Why this couldn’t have all waited until after The Phantom Pain releases, I’ll never know…

    • It probably has to do with the start of the new fiscal year. But yeah, it’s a really unfortunate moment.

      • ThreeMadFrogs

        You may be right, but it certainly isn’t smart.

  • kirtanloorii

    Oh great! I REALLY look forward to 5 months of silence! Silencing KJP and replacing them with a corporate “spokesperson” just made the Phantom Waiting Pain a little more difficult. I just don’t see myself loving Konami after all of this.

    • Kol Leqejza

      we have E3 at least

      • Gatsu

        Yeah, E3 is gonna come pretty soon and see perhaps the final stuff before release.

  • kirtanloorii

    MGSV related twitter is nearly dead all of a sudden.

  • PrinceHeir

    So what will happen to Kojima Station?

    Damn Konami. You really had to screw up your best team huh?

    They may say Metal Gear Online 3 will proceed as normal, but let’s see what really happens in the coming months and years.

    I bet most of the LA team will leave and get replace by a completely new one.

    • For now Kojima Station is still planned, unless it gets cancelled. Not sure what will happen after next episode.

      • Amir

        The show’s portal hasn’t also been removed; it’s still here, with it’s many references to Kojima Productions:
        http://www.konami.jp/kojima_pro/station/jp/

        I also checked the P.T. page, it still includes the Kojima Productions logo.

        • Mini gear

          we should put kojima productions all over the site here :p

  • Ninja_Se7eN

    Oh man, this whole situation just killed almost all my hype for TPP :(.
    Damn it Konami, couldn’t you screw up your internal organisation AFTER TPP had launched?

    • It sounds like TPP won’t be affected too much by all of this. It’s what will happen after that that’s more unsure right now.

      • Ninja_Se7eN

        I know that.
        Everything is supposed to be the same regarding TPP for now…

        But it just isn’t now, is it?
        I mean, at least for me, part of the magic of MGS was trying to figure out what Kojima was planning and getting exited over every little thing he announced.
        He’s pretty much forbidden from talking to us now.

        I don’t know, I’m probably just overreacting and being way to sentimental about this whole thing but MGS is my favourite saga. This whole thing just hurts.

        • Yeah, it certainly takes away some of the excitement of seeing Kojima tweet some stuff from the game and things like that. But it could have been worse, at least we know the game will still be created with the same vision as before (at least, hopefully this is true).

          • Ninja_Se7eN

            True, it could’ve been a lot worse.

            But Konami could’ve done the smart thing and wait until TPP was released.

        • Amir

          Yeah, don’t think about it too much and let’s wait for the game. six months will pass in a snap.

          I played MGS2 and MGS3 without even watching a trailer beforehand, and I consider Snake Eater to be the best game ever made. I also stopped watching MGS5 trailers after the E3 2013 trailer (the 9 minute one), because I thought Kojima was showing too much of the game. Since then he’s shown more than an hour of gameplay video; that’s too much and it’s spoilerific. I have seen some short gameplay videos that are shown throughout the interviews, but that’s it.

          Recently I watched the the three videos of the “Sins of the Father” contest winners, and they were filled with spoilers. Right now my mind is filled with questions. Like who is Snake mourning for, Where’s the Mother Base, how do we even have a Mother Base after that incident and so many more. I shouldn’t have watched those videos.

          Let’s wait for the game and watch nothing.

          • You didn’t even see the Nuclear trailer? That one is something else.

          • Amir

            No, I haven’t seen it. But it was heavily included in those Sins of the Father music videos.I think after seeing so many scenes from it, I better go watch it completely.

          • It was the favorite trailer here.

          • Gatsu

            GO WATCH NUCLEAR NOW >:O ! Trust me, you HAVE to check it out 😀 so epic O__O.

          • Ninja_Se7eN

            MGS3 is my favourite too :).

            I agree with the whole don’t watch anything theory but I can only do it for movies.
            I just can’t resist watching everything MGS related :).

            You have a Mother Base because Big Boss will rebuild it with the help of his friends :).

      • korruption

        Just to be safe… *makes mental note to turn off auto-updates and always play MGSV offline* XD

    • Amir

      Why?!
      I’m sure Kojima will go out with a bang. He will do his best to make sure that this is the best game he’s created, because he knows that he won’t be able to work on Metal Gear anymore.
      I’m still super-hyped about The Phantom Pain.

      • Ninja_Se7eN

        I’m sure he will.
        I’m not doubting Kojima’s skill, not one bit.
        It’s more about being disgusted with what Konami is doing.

    • Kol Leqejza

      yup, feeling the same… not looking forward to it anymore, too.

    • Gatsu

      I’m still super hyped for TPP 😉 and I try keep all this messy news from not destroying it.
      Still it’s a bit more sadder hype, when can’t see Kojima’s sweet tweeting and other stuff.

      • Ninja_Se7eN

        That’s great, I wish I could feel the same way!

  • Cobra

    Has anything come out over what this apparent falling out has actually been over? Was it a case of Kojima wanting to put the franchise to bed entirely post-TPP and Konami not liking the idea?

    • No, nothing has been said about that officially. In fact, they haven’t even confirmed yet that Kojima is leaving Konami.

  • #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME

    くそ, Can Konami really guarantee that no content will be cut from the game? Even content that is now apparently in danger of never seeing the light of day. Who will make the decision to either cut or keep Silent Hills content in The Phantom Pain?

  • Raymondius

    You know the only thing that really scares and disturbs me? The possibility that it was him who decided to cut off the “a hideo kojima game” because he doesn’t consider it his game anymore because of censorship reasons. I know the possibility is too small, like a 1%, and I know the whole thing is about the entire KojiPro being disbanded, but still it scares me.

    Either way, I know for sure that Kojima and his team still want to give us the best game we will have ever played, and you know what? They will.

    • Amir

      Let’s wait for the game, if it starts with the phrase “An Alan Smithee Game”, then your theory will be correct.

      • Raymondius

        lol

      • glitchbomb

        Haha 🙂
        Nobody uses Alan Smithee seriously anymore. Too many people know what it means.

  • Guest

    Can somebody cross-reference this statement? Who is this person, and why am I empty inside? Tell me it’s a joke.

    http://i.imgur.com/LPsEsyL.jpg

    • Guest

      Never mind. I just noticed it’s a 4chan comment. LOL

  • #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME

    @Nyxus:disqus or @Gatsu88:disqus can you remove my last 2 comments? I tried to delete them but they just showed up as “Guest” comments.

  • vic boss

    all of this seems too cheesy for me, I think that is just marketing and that what Kojima meant for the “can only be made through videogames”, is this. I read somewhere a month ago that the game was complete , but they were going to release it after E3 and Gamescom for Hype purposes. Again if it was a ruse by Kojima it would be too much but then again I don’t think he is leaving or stopping making videogames (silent hills) for Konami. The markings of Kojipro erased on Ground zeroes it’s just too coincidential I don’t know but this is way too weird to be true.

    • #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME

      I hope you’re at least somewhat right. I don’t want to believe it, but weirder things have happened in the gaming industry.

      • Kol Leqejza

        definitely not. to be honest: after this clusterfuck that happened regarding kojima & V… don’t know… i just don’t look forward to it anymore. it’s like any other generic title that comes out. i think i was even more hyped for aliens: colonial marines than this.

    • ominonarepus

      E3 2015
      “and the reason why Kojima’s name has been delete from the game is becauseeee…(drumroll)
      …HE IS NOW THE PRESIDENT AND OWNER OF KONAMI” (taraaaaa) (applause and curtains close)

  • Alex

    I think we all know Ken was the inside source.

    • Why would you think that? It’s possible, but it could just as well be someone else, right?

      • Alex

        Technically it could be, but out of the Senior Staff who’s restricted, he’s the only one that really knows English well enough to contact GameSpot and tell them everything so the rest of us aren’t lost in the dark. He’s always been the one from Tokyo to reach out to the West whenever something needs to be communicated. I’m 90% certain its him, and love him for doing that for us.

        • Well there’s also Jorge Mendoza, Max Preston, Sean Eyestone and Jordan Amaro. Probably more who speak English. But you could be right, of course, also for the other reasons you mentioned.

          • Alex

            Yea, I don’t think those guys are part of the Senior Staff, guys like Ken and Shinkawa. Of course, the rest of the staff may decide to leave or go with Kojima if they want, or they can stay there if they really need the job.

          • Good point. Who do you think belongs to the ‘senior staff’, aside from Kojima, Shinkawa and Ken?

          • Alex

            Anyone’s who’s stuck around since MGS1 would definitely be part of the Senior Staff, maybe more from MGS2. KojiPro is about a 200 man team now I think, and I think around 40 or so would be the contracted Senior Staff.

          • Alex

            A lot of the English guys have come and gone, like Ryan, and the guy who did what Ryan did during MGS2.

          • Yeah, this would also include Shuyo Murata, probably.

  • John

    calling it now mgo servers will be shut down within a year or so.

    • #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME

      I don’t think so. KojiPro L.A. was in charge of MGO3 and as far as we know they didn’t get rid of anybody in LA they just renamed it to Konami LA. It’s just that Konami is running the show now. Remember KONAMI ID LOL we’ll see how it goes.

    • Marxal

      MGO3 has the potential to make them a lot of bank, they wont shut it down until the income or usage declines low enough. Purchase new maps, new cosmetics, unique characters; a lot like MGO2. It should sustain for at least three years.

  • Shalashaska

    Seriously, The more longer this goes on, the more Angry I get with Konami. They are gonna turn this series into another ACreed or COD.. Why Konami! WHY!

    • MrVux007

      we dont know that,mate ?

      • Gatsu

        True we don’t know that for certain, but I guess it’s what many speculate when they already announce that new MG is being planned and different team to be on the job. With Kojima, he take long time to do his games.

  • Kojima san is going to unleash a new IP after MGS V.
    And it is going to be Kojimaliciously exciting!
    Just you wait and see. It will happen……….

    Thanks for the MGS V LE PS4 Console Kojima san.

  • Captain

    Despite the distance Kojima is making, he’ll always be the enigmatic man I respect and love. I’ll play his games forever.

  • Darby Crash
    • kirtanloorii

      If what they say is true, then the new Silent Hills game might just suck.

      • Darby Crash

        Well, he can still pay visit to Del Toro to work together if he wants.
        I mean as a contractor for konami (really doubt about it), or just to give him an hand now and then as an outsider.

  • #AHIDEOKOJIMAGAME

    Completely **OFF Topic** but pretty bananas.

    Did you guys know Kojima is married and has a son?

    http://d3819ii77zvwic.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/ik49VlPshlPIz.gif

    • Amir

      And he still likes men:

      • kirtanloorii

        Lol. What the hell did I just read?

        • Gatsu

          XD

      • Cobra

        Nooooooo!

      • korruption

        Am I really reading speculation on Hideo Kojima’s sexuality? What has happened here?! O.o;

      • That’s great, where is this from?

        • Amir

          Don’t know; found it a few days ago. Did a few reverse image searches too; got no result.

          • Alright, thanks anyway. Maybe we’ll figure it out someday. 😛

          • Marxal

            This is from the Ground Zeroes edition Gameinformer article.
            I’d give page number as a reference but it’s packed away at the moment.
            EDIT: Actually it might not be, idk until I can go dig it up

    • Marxal

      Yeah, his wife isn’t very approving of his career and doesn’t give him any praise or recognition for his feats. Peace Walker was aimed to be modern in it’s approach and controls, not only to appeal to a wider audience but he had personally hoped it was a game his son could play and enjoy.

      • Cobra

        Yeah, all those stories floating around about how upset he was that the only MG game his son liked was Portable Ops (His son only liking PO is true at the very least), so he felt the need to try and one-up it with Peace Walker.

    • Cobra

      Yep!

      • ominonarepus

        (o_o)

        If it was weird for me to imagine Kojima, at home and playing Metal Gear just for fun, not for testing… now it’s even more weird imagine him “making a baby”…

        “-that was pretty good, dear”
        “+I’m exhausted, why take you so long?”
        (CHAN CHA CHA CHAN)

        • Cobra

          Well, iirc, Rose was heavily based on his wife from when they were dating in the ’90s.

          • ominonarepus

            poor Kojima forgets an important date xD

        • mikeyyytexas

          I’m sorry but I had a very good chuckle to this comment.

          the only thing I could think of was after he finished playing, to get to bed and say to his wife “kept you waiting, huh?”

          We definitely love Kojima, for sure.

      • Stormy Rain

        Still waiting for Zone of the Enders 3 Hideo Kojima. 🙁

  • MrVux007

    you know what really makes me laugh about the curent *a hideo kojima game* and KJP *removal* from the cover….is that they did the same thing for MGS4(and no one bitched about it btw) they put the name of Hideo and KJP on the back of the cover art …and they willl probably do the same for MGSV,if not they will be credited ingame as always …

    • kirtanloorii

      I think its a bigger deal this time because of the whole “contractor” downgrade.

      • MrVux007

        again those are all roumors that are yet to be confirmed by Kojima and KONAMI,but if he plans to leave and start something new without KONAMI funding,then ofc he will be *downgraded* to contractor (but only for the game itself)…he is still VP,until they officially annaunce that as legit… until then i advise people to stay
        cautious…

    • ominonarepus

      That is just on the USA and Japan cover, the European cover has the Kojima Productions logo and “A Hideo Kojima Game” beneath it in the front.

      • Marxal

        Was gonna say the same. Love the Shinkawa covers.

        • ominonarepus

          I went on holidays to Liverpool and I see this with my own eyes…

          P.D. Is next to a very nice Mexican restaurant 😀

      • MrVux007

        i know ,but no one complained about those covers,thats the point….

        • ominonarepus

          to be honest, I’ve never really noticed that ’till now…
          I check my copies (all European) and Metal Gear Solid don’t have it, Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance and Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence has it (don’t know about the normal edition) the HD collection have it too, Metal Gear Solid 4 and Ground Zeroes, idem…

          Don’t know, for me it’s normal read his name, is not like a CoD game, where you read Treyarch or wathever… You have a Metal Gear game on your hands and you know it’s a Kojima game, but for the future generations of “gamers” they gonna, for example, buy a second hand MGSV:TPP without the “A Hideo Kojima game”, try it and maybe say: “wow, that’s pretty good game, I’m going to buy that new Metal Gear 6, should be even better…”

          Don’t know, I think is a way to make a turning point on the saga, and try to delete the past like in George Orwell book 1984 isn’t the proper way to make things…

          Or maybe is related and Kojima wants to troll us…like the book…

          • korruption

            I think they’re counting on people’s ignorance. Especially if Metal Gear goes Mobile Gear or whatever… I dunno, I’m very out of touch with that market anyway.

          • ominonarepus

            There’s already an official Metal Gear for mobile (IOS only, i think) based on The Guns Of The Patriots 🙂

          • korruption

            Well… Like I said: out of touch. >_>;
            Come to think of it, I believe I’ve heard of that game… I wish it would’ve stayed that way.

          • ominonarepus

            Sorry mate…if it’s any consolation, looks pretty decent xD

          • korruption

            I think that’s the extent of the praise (if any) that all future “Metal Gear” titles will get. XD

        • ominonarepus

          I was so excited with my own theory that I forget to mention it xDDD, I always read his name on the front cover, not on the back.

        • ominonarepus

          Also, it could be something stethical or whatever crazy thing from SONY.

          There’s a recent podcast where the “Kinda Funny Games” interview Ryan Payton, producer during the Metal Gear Solid 4 era, and he talks about the problems of calling Portable Ops to Portable Ops in the US, beacuse…SONY

          • MrVux007

            SONY has nothing to do with this right now mate..

          • ominonarepus

            I know, I was talking about the Metal Gear Solid 4 cover 😉

    • korruption

      When I saw this right now I just thought “Oh shit!”, I never really paid a lot of attention to that omission.

      But then again I was following progress on this game before release, so I knew anyway.

    • MichaelPayneV

      That’s because MGS4 is not an Entirely 100% Hideo Kojima Game, when MGSV is 100% Hideo.

      • MrVux007

        Not 100% Hideo kojima game ?!?!….pls stop….just stop -_-

        • MichaelPayneV

          I don’t get it, why pretend it is 100% Hideo, when it isn’t?

          • Kol Leqejza

            in that case none of the metal gear games are 100% kojima. maybe PW because he wrote the script alone (PW had the most boring story out of all the games).

            so i hope V is not a one man show…

          • MichaelPayneV

            By 100% i mean that the first Drought of the Script, the initial Synopsis was not made by Hideo, but Hideo took that, made a Script, gave it a Story and a Plot, and he Directed, while the Character’s not designed by Shinkawa.

            Let me correct myself: MGS4 is not a 100% Kojima Productions Game.

          • MrVux007

            pretend? pls do you homework,before you something else ….

  • ominonarepus

    I don’t know what’s going to happen at the end with all this… but even if Konami and Kojima, for wathever reason, end their relationship in a bad way, is quite tasteless take off Kojima’s name from the product.

    Other famous people in the industry just work like writer or creative director, but Kojima is producer, writer, director, editor… is not fair to erase his name,no matter what.
    I know there’s a lot more people behind, but is like in a Tarantino’s movie, there’s a lot of people behind too, but every movie he makes has his touch and it wouldn’t be fair if Miramax or Lionsgate take off his name and take all the credits…

    I’m just hoping that, the reason why they break up is because Konami wants another Metal Gear (fact that they comfirm) and Kojima says NO, so he can start new projects with his own company.

    Thinking about that right now, maybe is that the reason why they took his name off, maybe Kojima sales his part of the franchise to have some money and start something new…

    But that’s just a theory, a game theory… xDDDD

    • MrVux007

      they are still credited in-game mate,and they will probably be credited on the back of the cover aswell…

      • ominonarepus

        I don’t know, but I hope that at least, ’cause neither Hideo Kojima or Kojima productions are mentioned on the web… just the Fox engine.

        • MrVux007

          thats not really a reason enough to think that they wont be credited in the credits and in the opening of the game…

          • ominonarepus

            Or maybe when the game stars just says:” A Random Team production” (CHAN CHA CHA CHAN) xDD

          • MrVux007

            that would be rly comical… : P

          • Mini gear

            theyll update ground zeros mission to say “a konami game”

          • MrVux007

            doubt it

          • ominonarepus

            xDD

            I play Ground Zeroes yesterday to see if they put a pacht to change that or something.

  • Frank Jaeger

    I don’t want to seem negative but I bet Konami is doing this due to the amount of apparent goofing off Kojima productions has been doing during the production of MGSV. Personally, I don’t believe they were goofing off but to the majority of the higher ups in Japanese companies (old men, out of touch with social media), they see things like Kojima station and think,”why are they goofing off on this 2 hour long show every week that they record and produce by themselves (which takes a lot of time) and not hurrying up and developing the game so we can make money faster!!??”

    I mean how much sooner could the game have been produced if we didn’t have all the Kojima stations? I mean that’s the only somewhat logical reason I can think for getting rid of Kojima productions…

    • ominonarepus

      I think Kojima station is a mcguffin, a distraction to make (some) people wishing for some new little tiny bit of information every week and distrac them until the game release.

      Hide in a container? portable toilets? chicken cap? really? and a big commercial to sell Ground Zeroes too.

    • MichaelPayneV

      Or maybe Hideo didn’t wanted to continue the MG series, Konami refused, so Hideo said “O.K. then i quit”

  • FOX

    Where is our Chopper of the week??

    • ominonarepus

      More important, where is Kojima?

    • No more choppers… and the embers are dead.

  • MichaelPayneV

    News. Koji Pro Logo was also deleted from P.T.
    So, dear Konami.
    https://youtu.be/GeHRqHTdw10

    • Gatsu

      :C ….

      • MichaelPayneV

        Yep, looks like Kojima is not passing the Torch while working on the other Konami Games, looks like he is leaving for real.

        They should cancel Silent Hills, and then Kojima with Del Toro will make the Game they wanted, but with a Different Name and Engine, or maybe even use the Unreal Engine 4 or Valve’s Source.

        • Gatsu

          Yeah… What a waste though, did all that hard work for Fox Engine, new/bigger studio, P.T.’s super cool SH reveal and all the other things which don’t come to my mind right now.

          Well at least we got to play P.T. and TPP will be their best game ever, so I’m glad for that chance to experience them. I’m hoping to see him team up with Del Toro and maybe Reedus in the future.

          • MichaelPayneV

            You know what would be a Dream Team Up? Hideo, Toro and David.

            A Hideo Kojima Movie

            Producers: Guillermo Del Toro, David Hayter, Hideo Kojima

            Director: Hideo Kojima
            Writers: Hideo Kojima (Story) David Hayter (Screenplay)

            Do you think is possible? I think it is, and i think that David Hayter and Del Toro are Hideo’s Doors in to Hollywood.

          • Gatsu

            I think it’s be awesome 😀 and guess it could be possible, depending on what Kojima wanna do afterwards.

            I was thinking that if Kojima truly leave Konami, then maybe he could do the MGS movie instead of that other dude :P. Unless if they’re pretty far in the movie production already.

          • MichaelPayneV

            They are already, but there is nothing to worry about, Jordan Vogt-Roberts is a Good Director.

    • Kol Leqejza

      from the game? or just da interwebs?

      • MichaelPayneV

        Don’t know if from the Game, but at least on the Official Website.

        • Kol Leqejza

          thx.

          • MichaelPayneV

            You’re Welcome.

            PS: What did you mean by scary email?

          • Kol Leqejza

            disturbing. all i was allowed to say i posted already in yesterdays topic. go check it out if u like.

          • MichaelPayneV

            Oh, so you are a Konami Employe?

          • Kol Leqejza

            hell, no. but the person i was in contact is. or rather was…

          • MichaelPayneV

            Then what stops you from saying what was in that Email?

          • Kol Leqejza

            i already posted the whole content. the only thing i didn’t was his/her name & position. if u can’t find it look into my profile.

          • MichaelPayneV

            Sorry then.

          • Kol Leqejza

            np. none of us is thinking straight these days… honestly, MGS has become a really touchy subject since day X. i’m even fueled with hatred.

          • MichaelPayneV

            I’m actually not, i’m happy that Kojima is leaving Konami, that the Solid Series will have a Definitive Ending, and that Konami still respects Hideo enough to Reboot the Series, and not mess with the Soild series, plus Hideo is finally free, and is bet at this time he has enough Money to create his own Development Studio and find a Publisher compatible with his Budget needs and Creativity.

            I know i said it, but if there is someone that has not problem with investing tons of money in their Games, and has no limits regarding Political Themes, and never felt the need to censure certain parts from their Games, that is Rockstar Games, when it comes to Controversial subjects in their Games, Hideo and Rockstar have the same balls, and Rokstar is rich as fukk.

          • Kol Leqejza

            naah, dude, just naaaah.
            besides: gta is the most censored game series. they censoring themselves. no childrens are in their games. and it’s a decision by them. they removed side missions in gta 3, that we’re too coincidental with 9/11. they removed elderly pedestrians, removed the option to cut offs heads, etc.

            the problem’s not that kojima’s leaving, the problem
            is HOW

          • Gatsu

            It was interesting reading, thx ;).

          • Kol Leqejza

            hopefully it will come true…

          • So it is good news then?

          • Kol Leqejza

            honestly, don’t know…

          • Ok. Since you are hoping it comes true. 😉

  • Gatsu

    I hope E3 comes fast, so we can maybe see Kojima. That is, if they let him out of his prison cage.
    P.S. oh yeah forgot Station episode, but we’ll see if it even happen :/…

  • MGS tappy main theme and KCE-J 1996-2006
    KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS: 2005-2015
    COINCIDENCE?

  • Konami plans for 2015 leaked!!!
    http://i.imgur.com/CObAg5L.jpg

    It made me laugh.

  • korruption
  • Eugene Voldo

    Hey, anyone here reads 2chan.net? Have you seen a
    particular discussion about Kojima-san yesterday? That thread got deleted, but
    it got me thinking if we will ever see Kojima at E3 or any other gaming convention
    with him talking about Metal Gear.

    For anyone who didn’t catch the thread: some anonymous (yeeep) guy said that he works for
    Konami mobile sub-division and recently talked to programmer from KojiPro. Basically,
    his info was about Kojima-san only. He said that the creator of MGS is in
    shambles– during the meeting with upper-management he almost cried. Right know
    Kojima-san looks like a shell of his former self, it’s almost like his soul was
    taken from him.

    Don’t worry, he is still working, he keeps checking the game
    builds and all the other stuff every day, but he does it with dead eyes. Like everything
    around him is dead or non-existent.

    Then the source draws a parallel line between Kojima-san and IGA (Mr. Koji Igarashi) saying
    that after 2010 Igarashi-san was pinned down by Konami management and was
    forced to reduce in rank (from 2010 to 2014 he was just a paper-guy) and signed
    the agreement which prohibit him to talk about Castlevania series in public
    even after he leaves Konami. The same thing with this agreement happened to
    Kojima. And that is basically the whole story.

    Sorry formy rusty english, guys. I’m more a lurker than a poster.

    • korruption

      Well that’s fucked up. Kojima and Igarashi should team up when he leaves the company. As many others have said, Sept. 1st is the final day Konami will ever get a cent out of me. Ever.

      Konami must be deliriously happy with all them bullet holes in their feet…

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