Donna Burke comments on the situation at Konami

Donna Burke, singer and actor for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, has commented on the situation at Konami in a couple of tweets. First, she reacted to yesterday’s story about Akio Otsuka asking people not to cancel their pre-orders (you can see the original corresponding tweets by clicking on the images below).

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From the looks of her response it seems like she is quite sure Kojima actually has been fired from Konami, something that still hasn’t been confirmed officially by the studio. Update: see her Facebook post at the bottom for an explanation of these statements.

Update: Konami has told VideoGamer.com that the suggestion that Kojima has been fired is ‘categorically incorrect’. Furthermore, Rob Crossley (news editor at Gamespot) posted the following message on Twitter (his source is the same one that Gamespot used when they first broke the story back in March):

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(Image source: NeoGAF)

However, the tweet has since been deleted because it had a typo in it.

Below are some more tweets from Donna concerning the situation:

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Donna also expects that there won’t be a live performance by her to promote the game – something that did happen when Peace Walker released – due to lack of budget.

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It’s not all bad news though – according to Donna, Kojima and his team are still hard at work on the game to make it as awesome as they can.

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As worrisome as the whole thing sounds, we can at least take some comfort in the fact that she shares Otsuka’s sentiments in supporting the team by supporting this last game. We will have to wait to find out what will happen once the game is finished.

To conclude with some positive news, Donna Burke seems to be sure that Kojima and his team will move onto even greater heights following the events at Konami.

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Update: Donna Burke posted the following message on Facebook:

This article [GameSpot article] is accurate. However be assured that MGSV has been made, it is ground breaking, breath taking in its scope and the team that made it is still in place putting the finishing touches to it at Roppongi Midtown up the road from my studio. It’s just such a shame that in these few months before the release when the team should be ramping up publicity, joyfully communicating with fans, building up the excitement etc, they have to deal with this…Fans unite! Make Kojima Productions proud of you and don’t desert the team when they need your support the most. In the end, the game you will play will be worth the wait and the blood, sweat and tears they have put into it..

 

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Update 2: Donna Burke has clarified her comments in another Facebook post:

I agree, Konami- I should be more accurate.

“Don’t throw away the last 5 years because Konami changed the contract status of a genius” 

Konami is correct in that Kojima has not actually been fired. As I stated previously he and his team are still working hard on getting the game out. My sincere apologies to Konami, Hideo Kojima and the fans for giving the wrong impression. 

I was trying to add my voice to Otsuka-san pleading with the fans to not abandon MGSV because of the stuff happening at Konami and to throw my support behind Kojima and everyone who has worked over the last five years and is working to make this game the greatest ever.

This is true.

Kojima himself confirmed in a statement that he was still “100% involved” in the completion of The Phantom Pain, and was “determined to make it the greatest game I’ve directed to date.”

So my apologies for upsetting you all.

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  • Amrid Saladin

    holy shit,
    all for revenge!!!

    • Mini gear

      Ewwwwwww 🙂 that’s what konami deserves

    • LuxAlike

      That legitimate foot, tho? /:o

    • Nuclear_Dad

      …just for revenge

  • Gatsu

    Well it is official now I guess. I will miss Silent Hills, may it rest in pieces :(. No Donna singing live ;C ?

    Kojima has wanted to do other things besides MGS for long time, but still what a timing or way to do all this Konami… At least they let Kojima to finish the work on his last epic game.

    C’mon folks, lets all support TPP and Kojima+his buddys to the end :)!

    • Lenny B.

      Well they let him finish his work on MGSV. It won’t be affected by all this so don’t worry… but yea, Silent Hills is dead, atleast Kojima’s.

      • Gatsu

        Yeah I know it won’t be affected :). I wonder can SH even be scary without having Kojima developing it.

        • MrVux007

          we dont know if Kojima will be leaving SH mate….

          • Gatsu

            You’re correct :), I just sometimes react too much to these news lol.

        • No Place For Hayter

          Unfortunately I would be surprised if Konami even made Silent Hills at this point having the two creative big names behind it who were going to make it leave (both Kojima and Del Toro), and even if they do make it I unfortunately will have zero hope for it, and of course I wouldn’t be buying it considering it would be a Konami game.

        • César H. Sandoval

          Konami hasn’t made a decent SH game since The Room.

          • Gatsu

            The last two SH games were made by two different American developers, if I remember correctly. But they were still Konami games so you’re right. They obviously weren’t any good ;D, NOT saying that American game developers make bad games ofc.

  • Golgari

    I don’t understand some things though. Isn’t she just a singer? I mean how can she know more then Hideo Kojima himself?
    He is fired or a contractor?

    I’m mad and at the same time I don’t understand what is going on even right now.

    • Gatsu

      Hmm good questions.

    • Mats

      She’s voicing the idroid too

    • Mats

      The whole contractor thing came from an inside source, so it’s not offcial either

    • Her doing the voice for the iDroid probably gives her some kind of insight on the situation. Also her speaking Japanese, she has probably made a few friends there (Kojima Productions) also. Kinda hard to not make friends after you been wokring with folks for a while.
      I’m angry & confused also. That’s why I just post gifs. I dont know how else to react ;(

      • Golgari

        Yeah… Well… friends are not exactly “a Hideo Kojima guy” and I’m not sure that there are people at KojiPro that knew about Hideo Kojima as much about the situation or the mess he has been in to.
        I’m not sure that her friends are also a huge fan of talking about the situation with her because by contract you can’t say anything about the studio much.

        She is not working at Konami. That’s important. There was nothing official yet.

        • A Konami rep called her comment “categorically incorrect” let’s see how it goes.

          • Golgari

            EXACTLY! Donna Burke is an amazing singer but that does not mean that she know anything about Hideo Kojima’s contract!

    • flying_fox

      She probably doesn’t know much more than us. I’m sure she just used the word ‘fired’ without thinking. It doesn’t make any of this official.

      • It’s just that the ‘but it’s true’ part of her tweet implies she can personally confirm the rumors. However, we can’t be sure yet, of course.

  • JoJo

    Man if she said something that she wasn’t supposed to I worry about the fire Konami will rain down upon her. I hope to still hear Donna in the final product.

  • ThreeMadFrogs

    To be honest, I don’t think she had a right to confirm or deny what’s going on at Konami. The whole affair is sad and disappointing as it is, but it’s up to Konami and Kojima to provide the details on what’s going on, not Donna Burke.
    Don’t mean to be so negative, but I’ll still wait for an official company announcement for confirmation.

  • Jason Mounce

    I don’t think she’s on any contract or TOA to not be able to spill the beans I guess XD Unlike Kojima and his team.

    Konami basically evading all the big questions and keeping it hush hush as a means to try to keep things under wrap until after MGS5 comes out – and as soon as MGS5 is out and Kojima and his team leave Konami, there’s likely gonna be a Huuuuuge controversy and a lot of info being spread and spoken about Konami…..Oh aye, I’ll be ready with the popcorn – if I’m not too busy enjoying MGS5.

  • MrVux007

    Cant wait for more clarification on this….i really wonder why was he fired and NO this isn’t enough for me to say crap towards KONAMI…to fire someone like Kojima-san needs a hell of a good reason behind it…

  • JDSS1

    So bad there is no donna live perfomance.

    kojima is fired, but in the end, it will be better, they will receive the right money from TPP and eventually, he and his team could do whatever they always wanted without restriction. The problems are the kojipro logo and “a hideo kojima game”, hopefully they will be in the box.
    And about TPP, it seems like there are no changes, very good news.

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  • MrVux007
    • “categorically incorrect”
      Hmmm

      • MrVux007

        L::D

    • Mini gear

      Eventually the game will be named… KONAMI GEAR

  • Marxal

    He wasn’t ‘Fired’ but let go as a permanent member of Konami and is now a contractor working for a fixed period of time ending in December.

    While they are technically very different the distinction hardly matters for us imo. The bad coverup is bad.

    • MichaelPayneV

      Don’t know about you, but i trust more someone like Donna Burke who has been beside Hideo for years, a few, but still years, who has had discussions with over the Sountrack, then some PR No one who is hired as a Community manager, who is basically paid to lie until things are official.

      • Edward Wokhands

        Exactly. I’m curious what they said to her to get her to apologize. She has no reason to apologize.

  • Batzi

    Man this year’s E3 will be interesting.

    • MrVux007

      A)Assassin’s Creed Victory (im highly pessimistic about it for reasons already known,but who knows this might be another Assassins Creed II for Ubisoft)

      B)The Division:yet another game from ShitSoft,and this one looks promising

      C)Just Cause 3:big maps,big weapons,big hooks….everything is bigger in this game…

      D)Mad Max:ahhh my childhood hero along side Snake,that is why i cant wait for this game to finaly come out

      E)Mass Effect 4: if they pull off another Mass Effect 3 ending i will go nuclear

      F)Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain: i herd its a nice game

      G)Mirror’s Edge 2:who doesnt like a jumping game…i mean look at Super Mario

      H)No Man’s Sky:there are millions and millions and millions ….and 47 planets in this game to explore

      I)Star Wars Battlefront star wars+battlefield is a win-win combination

      j)Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End : cuz graphics mean everything lol…..the last part of the nathan drake saga,wich will be delivered by the same guys behind TLOU …enough info for me

      k)Gears of War 4: xbox fans rejoice,one of the most kick-ass games incoming…

      ahhhh im so happy right now https://fairmountox.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/happy_gif.gif

      • Venom_Sina

        Yoy forgot about “Deus Ex:Mankind Divided”!!!

        • MrVux007

          its not on the E3 game list

          • Venom_Sina

            Yeah,cause the game announced yesterday.It will be there.

          • MrVux007

            i sure hope so,even tho i haven’t played the previus Deus ex games it looks impressive ..hopefully i can play the game without playing the previous one : /

          • Venom_Sina

            I hope so,too.If you have PS3/360/Wii U,buy DX:Human Revolution:Director’s Cut.The Game is really good.

          • MrVux007

            my PS3 died last year….RIP my friend…. :_(

          • Venom_Sina

            Sorry to hear that.Yeah RIP.

          • Shalashaska

            Man I played the game… loved it.. but that last level.. i just cant bring myself to finish it .. just up there on the deck .. and then i dont feel like playing anymore.. i dont know why :/

          • Kol Leqejza

            i am going to play it next week.

      • ThreeMadFrogs

        I think they’ve learned their lesson from Unity. And they’ve had more time to get familiar with the new engine etc. I think Victory will be a lot of fun.

        • MrVux007

          i said the same thing about AC III then AC IV came out,and then i tought *wow they actually know what they are doing now* …but after Unity,they dissapointed me for a loooong time….

          • ThreeMadFrogs

            The main thing I don’t like about Assassin’s Creed these days is all the online crap. The Unity map is a god damn mess with all the icons for co-op missions, online challenges etc. And the amount of collectables is getting a bit ridiculous. I don’t mind some collectable hunting, but with the maps getting bigger every game, it’s getting to be a bit much.

            http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s–BiGTIX5z–/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_636/v9ntibbpygmfd0mnmqkq.png

            Also I hate that you need to play online to get a Platinum trophy. I only needed maybe 2 more trophies to Platinum Black Flag, but no one was online anymore, making it impossible.

          • True, luckily they were wise enough to patch out the companion app, so that’s something at least.

          • Chris Jackson

            The companion app crap sucked. I usually get 100% in games, but Unity caused so many problems with initiates and all. That’s the thing that I got PO’ed about.

        • Gatsu

          I don’t think they will ever learn their lesson, as long as they keep releasing them so often. The only AC game I have finished is Black Flag, which imo was good. I didn’t however buy it at launch so dunno was it buggy or not. I actually enjoyed it. But I haven’t touched the others much at all.

          I don’t feel like buying AC games very often because they release such buggy games at launch, it should not happen. But fans will still buy them :).

          • Well to be honest most of them aren’t as buggy as Unity. That was, hopefully, an exception.

          • Gatsu

            Okey my apologies ;D…. I guess I have somehow started to think that every AC=buggy, after so much raging over Unity. XD

            Another reason I don’t just buy them every year is because they just don’t seem interesting, but glad for those who like play them always :). AC Victory setting seems great, but what I look forward in many games is a good story+characters so can they manage that, I have to wait and see.

            P.S. but then again, I havent played them all so dunno are they good or not :3…

          • ThreeMadFrogs

            I didn’t buy Black Flag at launch either, so I’m not sure if there were issues. I wanted to wait for the PS4 version, and didn’t buy the console for nearly a year after launch 😛 I didn’t get Unity at launch either. Only got it a month or so ago. After all the patches were released. I’ve only had one issue with performance so far, the character froze on a ledge. Hasn’t happened again since.
            I like the series as a whole. I love history, and I know they take a lot of liberties with the characters, but the effort they take to recreate the locations of the eras portrayed is fucking incredible.
            So I’ll keep supporting the series going forward, but I really hope they took more time to perfect each entry so we don’t get the problems Unity had again. And lose most of the stupid online features.
            I’m excited to see the recreated Victorian London in Victory. Can’t wait for a trailer!
            Sorry this is such a long response haha…

      • Cobra Commander

        That’s pretty much the same list of games I’m excited about too, but I have to add one.
        Hitman 6.
        Should be getting some news on it anytime now. I am also waiting for Red Dead 2 also, but there has been some strange news lately. (Rumored to be based on Yojimbo and set in Japan) While a Rockstar game set in a samurai era Japan would be sweet, I think it should be a new IP. Red Dead needs to stay in the American west.

      • decoyF0XX

        I heard that phantom pain is going to be a really nice game too

        • Ricardo Oe

          Oooohhhh really….!!!???

      • Ninja_Se7eN

        About Assassin’s Creed, much like what’s happening now with Metal Gear, the mastermind behind Assassin’s Creed 1 and 2 (I believe it was Patrice Désilets) left Ubisoft in the middle of development of Brotherhood.
        This explains why the series has been terrible IMHO since AC2.

        • Shalashaska

          What happens when companies get greedy. and the way its looking to me im sorta sure that the same is gonna happen to metal gear unless kojima teaches someone on how to make future mg games.

          • Ninja_Se7eN

            Yes but Assassin’s Creed never had “A Patrice Désilets games” brand. I didn’t even know who developed it at the time.
            Removing Kojima from MGS games is not as simple as that. I mean it would be like Voyager Books suddenly removed George R. R. Martin’s name from the Game of Thrones books 0.o !

          • Shalashaska

            But still Hideo Kojima CREATED the Mg series.. so its gotta be a bigger thing than Acreed. Granted, those first fewe Acreeds were Gems and then it started to crash once Ac3 came out.. Ac black flag was so much better IMO but it left out so much what made the first few games amazing AND kept some of the REALLY annoying stuff. And like every Acreed.. no variety… Same old stuff.. only the Naval stuff was new. Then Rogue came out which was a different themed version of Black flag.. EVERYTHING EVERYTHING EVERYTHING EVEN THE WALKING ANIMATION was SAME ! How can you make a rehash and call it a whole game and charge full game price for crap like that ? Because it WAS a CASH grab 😛 And then unity… Well.. we all know what happened to unity.. :/
            http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s–7tFsyGlY–/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_636/qa1y6zvrsxs3veen1hku.jpg

          • Sting’s Dad

            The point is exactly the same; the creative genius leaves and the product goes into the garbage.

            The size of Patrice Desilets’ profile is irrelevant to this comparison.

          • Ninja_Se7eN

            Yes, the difference is that Kojima is much widely known than Patrice Désilets. That’s what I meant with my previous post ;).

        • MrVux007

          AC black flag was good tho….

          • Chris Jackson

            Unity is good, it was just a glitch-fest when it came out (even though I ran into hardly anything on the PS4).

          • Ninja_Se7eN

            Don’t know, I lost my faith in the series so I didn’t even consider trying that one.

          • MrVux007

            ill be honest with you,AC II and maybe brotherhood are still the best….but AC black flag deserves to be tried out …

      • Shalashaska

        Time to get a new console. Or better yet.. a PC. Damn.. I’ll have to collect for atleast 2 years to get that much cash :/
        Also.. so we finally know.. Konami isnt that good yea.. I was telling you buddy, they are going about this stuff just TOO DAMN wrong :/

        • MrVux007

          this isn’t enough *info* for me,we need clarification from either Konami or Kojima mate,so then i will determine who is *good* and who is *bad*,as i said Konami denied her statement,so i will stick with the*innocent until proven guilty* …….in these kind of situations i look at thigs objectively,wich i know most of the people here wont agree with that,but i cant go making treats and accusations towards some people without solid evidence,once this whole mess is cleared out i will *talk*..

        • MrVux007

          and now if i was to choose between building up a beefy PC and buying a gaming console i would def chose a console….cuz with my current situation,being between a job,college and sport activities i don’t have that much time anymore,to come back home all tired and shit,to have problems on my PC(and there always are some bugs errors,or installing that patch then the other…it doesnt take that much time,but its enough for me to lose the will to game at all)…..PC gives mods and slightly better graphics…but PS4 is financially beneficial for me and more gives more comfort for me…

          take for example my deceased PS3…. that beauty lasted 7 and a half years,and i rarely bought a game for 60$ (i must have bought MGS4,Uncharted 2 and Fallout 3 at full price)…other 30 games i bought at maximum of 35$ each (at maximum,also depends how much time has passed since the release)on second hand market…it also depends what kind of a buyer are you….1)Fast on your wallet or 2)A smart/patient buyer…. that is why im buying a PS4(my own PS4,i played games on my friends borrowed PS4) in June…enough time has passed since some games release for low prices (MGSV GZ ,Killzone:Shadow fall,driveclub,TLOU remastered,(maybe AC black flag,since i didn’t finish it cuz of my PS3 death 🙁 ),(Dragon age inquisition and Shadow of mordor can be bought for 35 bucks now,wich is suprising aswell)…….. idk if i should check out any other games…please recommend me a few if i forgot some, since im preparing a list..so all in all i will spend 400 bucks for a PS4,plus around 170 for games+preorder for MGSV = 650$ this year for all of that wich isnt bad and it will keep me time consumed for the next year or so,then i will repeat the same thing….so alll in all its all matter of preference in the end,and how much time do you have

  • MichaelPayneV

    Damn, first Akio begging us to not cancel our pre-orders, and now Donna Burke saying the same thing, but also confirming that he Konami fired him?
    Sh*t, i have mixed emotions right now, i’m confuse as fukk.

    • MrVux007

      and konami has stated that Donna Burke is categorically incorrect..so go figure

      • MichaelPayneV

        Not Konami, but a Konami PR Employe who’s job is to keep the situation calm, and in necessary cases to lie.

        I’dd rather believe Donna Burke, she has been beside Hideo for a few years already, and they also had artistic differences regarding the Lyrics to “Heavens Divide”, so she is almost a Firend of Hideo, and i believe her rather then Konami.

        • MrVux007

          hmm thats funny i dont recall any lies from Konami pr employee…but i do remember Kojimas lies 🙂 ….im thus far really unsure of the whole situation,Burke might have herd the same rumors that we did,and claimed them as facts

          • MichaelPayneV

            Judging by the way she said it, she knows A LOT, she made it Official.

            Point is Categorically Incorrect or not, is the exact same thing, Hideo isn’t a Konami employe anymore, that’s the point, let’s leave all this politically correct BS outside.

          • MrVux007

            thats highly subjective mate,even for you …but i wont judge

          • MichaelPayneV

            Excuse me?

          • MrVux007

            Its highly subjective to think *the way she said it* that she knows a LOT we dont even know how close she really is to Kojima (hell even David Hayter barely seen Kojima while he recorded voice over for snake,and he was a bigger star then Donna Burke IMO)…. also its not really the same thing mate,that *politically correct BS* are facts,and in that way Konami is innocent until proven otherwise…other then that its all speculations until we hear it from either Konami or Kojima

          • MichaelPayneV

            Oh, yeah, that’s true.

  • Old Liquid

    I’m currently more worried about Donna Burke than Kojima now. Lol I don’t think she realizes the fire she just created.

    • MrVux007

      my thoughts exactly

    • MichaelPayneV

      I’m not, she was never a Konami Employe, so Konami can do nothing to her.

      After everything that happen, i actually think that Hideo was forced to get Kieferby Konami, and considering how Hideo is a Great Liar, he made us believe that it was his choice, and i’m pretty sure David knows it as well and that the reason he said he won’t play MGSV is because he knew it won’t be “A HIDEO KOJIMA GAME” way before us.

      • MrVux007

        We all know why David isnt going to play MGSV and that is not the reason….he wouldnt have tweeted the tweet *to answer your question…no i don’t have a voodoo doll* after he also herd the rumor behind Kojima current fiasco…

      • Old Liquid

        Dude? Where do you come up with so much false information on a consistent basis? No offense, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen you be correct about anything… ever…

        – Kojima wasn’t “forced” to hire anybody. Not only did he happily acquire Kiefer off of a recommendation that HE desired, but he’s made it very well known from start to finish, that he’s very fond of Kiefer. He’s even went on record to say Kiefer is helping with raising the bar. http://www.metalgearinformer.com/?p=10787

        – Kojima geniuely has no reason to lie about this. He wasn’t “forced” to get Kiefer against his will. That sounds like salty anti-Kiefer asinine talk.

        – Hayter said he’s not playing it because he’s not in it. He’s said this on four separate interviews. There is literally no arguing this.

        – MGSV is a Hideo Kojima game with or without a cover tagline (hint: MGS4 US & JPN didn’t have it). It’s written / directed by him, and it’s the game he said he wanted to create 27 years ago. Whether the tagline appears on the cover or not, doesn’t change fact-based information and reality that this is a 5th main installment of his developmental creation & vision.

        – How can “A Hideo Kojima Game” be Hayter’s imaginary reason to “not play MGSV”, when that “reason” was literally nonexistent, even by the two origins themselves? Foolish statement. Also MGSV: Ground Zeroes has the AHKG tagline, which makes your assumption laughable. PS: Hayter is not Charles Xavier.

        I really don’t mean to be disrespectful here, but are you trolling or do you seriously believe the stuff you constantly create inside your mind?

        • kirtanloorii

          I didn’t think of it like that before, but we really don’t “need” AHKG on the cover. I just thought that it would be a great sign of respect for Kojima if it were there. Especially now that I am certain the he is leaving.

        • MichaelPayneV

          No, i’m just stating my opinion, i never said that Official Hideo was forced to get Kiefer, i was trying to say what i think happened for real, so is just opinions.

          I’m not made of Facts, i’m a Human being, i state my opinion, that’s what the comment section is meant for, commenting on stuff, not stating only facts, but saying what i think on the subject.

          PS: Don’t want to be a rude, but aren’t you being a little hypocrite when you do what you accuse me of?

          Ex:”Kojima geniuely has no reason to lie about this. He wasn’t “forced” to get Kiefer against his will.”

          How is this different from saying that he was forced, when we are both wrong as we don’t know whether he lied about it, or not?

          TL;DR: I’m just doing what i’m supposed to do on any comment section by definition, which is comment, say what i think, not only what was officially said.

          • Old Liquid

            Firstly: Your mental gymnastics is terrible. Saying “you’re being a hypocrite, you don’t know if he’s lying or not either”, is a comical rebuttal. There’s no fake impressions to Kojima’s association and his opinions on Sutherland. All of this is translated into both his actions, and words. He was thrilled at the suggestion of using Kiefer for Big Boss (see: Konami Pre-E3: “Why didn’t I think of that?”), and has never looked back. If your only counter to me is “You don’t know, he could be lying!”, then you should just stop right now.

            Secondly: Don’t make yourself victimized. Nobody said you’re forbidden to make opinions, views, conjectures, subjectivity, etc. However, opinions are not immunity shield barriers. Your assumptions that you formed out of thin air, were outright absurd. You replied to me, so I responded. Those assumptions are unreasonable, and it’s been a trend that I’ve noticed from you, which is why I said something. Re-treading your recent example with, “I think he’s lying about wanting Kiefer because he’s a great liar and was forced to hire him.”….Yeeaaahhh, on what grounds again? And where did that even come from?

            His expressions of constant excitement and statements to make MGSV his best directed game (as stated a few days ago in the aftermath of the AHKG controversy), and believing Kiefer will achieve the bar he’s is trying to set for that same ambition (did you seriously ignore that link I previously posted?) says otherwise. His disregarding of pre-hate reaction from Hayter’s fanbase, and petitions. Personal twitlong messages of not breaking his shell & backing down to any objections dealing with the announcement of a new VA, before Kiefer was ever announced (http://www.twitlonger.com/show/lefp3h ), and pushing Kiefer’s involvement with his interviews, satellite & special appearances via Gamescom, TGS 2014, VGAs, suggests otherwise. That is not the actions and expressions of a man “pretending” to want someone for his installment and being forced against his will. Even *if* you’re anti-Kiefer and simply just don’t want him to be Big Boss, that’s still just a ignorant thing to suggest. Hell, none of that is even relevant to the AHKG controversy.

            Which brings me to your other comment: “I’m sure David Hayter knows Kojima was forced and is not playing MGSV because he knew MGSV wouldn’t be a *A Hideo Kojima Game* before us.”

            ^ There’s SO many things wrong with that statement. Both realistically and logically. Beyond the obvious: you’ve virtually placed Hayter on a supernatural pedestal, and it’s also patronizing for you to pull the opinion card when getting called out for it.

          • kirtanloorii

            I can’t wait for chapter 2!

          • MichaelPayneV

            You got it all wrong, first i didn’t say that you are hypocrite, i was asking, and second all i tried to say is that we are both wrong from an Objective point, as there is no way to prove whether Hideo was lying or not, and we are just wasting time fighting on opinions.

            Let’s stop here and look at each other comments as what they are, comments on a Subject.

  • Icosikaidigon

    I’m pretty sure she’s using the word “fired” in the most general casual sense. If he’s still working on the game, what’s it matter what terms are used to describe is inevitable leaving of Konami?

  • Venom_Sina

    KONAMI:”What a mess we made,when it all went wrong.”

    I’m worried about “Hideo Kojima” himself.Is he OK?What about all of the guys in KJP?

    What a chaos…I don’t know what to say at the moment.

    • MichaelPayneV

      Hideo did hint this when he captioned a Chopper Picture with “Taking a Break”

      Maybe after MGSv he is taking a 4/5 years break and make a Comeback.

      • Venom_Sina

        And that “Heading off” picture seemed suspicious,too.Now,I finally understand the true meaning behind it.
        I don’t think he make a return in the industry.He’s already 51 years old.If he takes a break around 4-5 years,he’s gonna turn 55-56.Plus,he must establish a new studio with at least 70 members(which is not easy).Add 4-5 Years of developing time for a “Triple A” title…
        Long story short,if he leaves KONAMI,it will do harm to both sides.

        • MrVux007

          yep,rly unfortunate if the rumors are true about Kojima leaving Konami…

        • MichaelPayneV

          Maybe during the 4/5 years break he will be hard working on a new Project.

          Also is never too late, Clint Eastwood is in his 80’s and he is still a Great Filmaker.

          • Venom_Sina

            Yeah,that’s a possibility,too.

            We’ll have to wait and see what happens next.

        • solidsnack

          kojima isn’t done yet. he’s gonna rise like a volgin from the flames!!

          • Venom_Sina

            I hope he rises.I love to see Kojima in a different game,far from the story and setting of “Metal Gear”,but this situation is really messy.

          • MichaelPayneV

            Apart from New Video Game &/ Movie IP’s i would love to see his take on Established IP’s like Terminator, Mad Max, Alien, Max Payne, the Noir Series, the DC Universe Splinter Cell etc.

        • Kojima doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who would retire so early. In fact, he said he wanted to make games until the day he dies.

          “Honestly, I really don’t know in 25 years from now if I’ll still be making Metal Gear, or even if Konami will still be around – I really can’t say, But I can say that if I’m not dead by that time I will still be making games in some form. I don’t have any intention of retiring – until the day I die I will be making games.”

          http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-03-17-kojima-i-will-make-games-until-the-day-i-die

          • No Place For Hayter

            What Nyxus said, Directors like Kojima don’t retire, lol.

          • Venom_Sina

            I forgot about that interview!!!It’s good news that he’s going to create more games.I hope he continues this Directing/Game Designing thing!!!

          • MichaelPayneV

            So he knew that at some point he and Konami will go their own ways.

  • César H. Sandoval

    Konami: “Oh don’t worry guys he’s not fired… YET! that comes in December!”

    I love Donna and Akio for speaking up against “The Patriots” and talking their mind freely about this whole mess.

    • MrVux007

      Donna – Eva ,Akio – Ocelot,Kojima- Big Boss…i love that metaphor…to bad that it doesn’t fit the current scenario

      • César H. Sandoval

        We must return Konami back to zero

    • Joaquin Romero Victorica

      This was gaming economy will final reach the end In September. My final money would be in Tpp and nothing more.Go #@-@( your self konami

      • DarpaLT.Sigma_

        Yesss, everything you said !

  • 4energyplaylist .

    Konami is DEAD if this is true. Banned forever from my game library. Come on people, we have to punish them!
    TPP will be my last game because Kojima put a lot o heart in that game, but after that no more Konami games. Let them suffer.

    • MichaelPayneV

      Not Konami as a Company, but the “Konami Digital Entertainment” part of Konami for sure.

  • Nuclear_Dad

    http://i.minus.com/i1SnHwwpi7ZPN.gif

    Finally someone who is really involved said something.

  • Javier

    I think she is right. Kojima has been fired of his last position in konami. And then he was contracted as a worker. Not like a normal worker but not like the same before.

    But you know what has happened if she suffers an accident.

    • Cobra

      Forgiveiness preesu!

    • They’ll kill ya 5 times before you hit the ground!

      • Javier

        lol

  • JDSS1

    konami now says that kojima being fired is ”categorically incorrect”. It is incorrect because they’ll fire him in september or december -.- , what a joke. Again and again and again, very disgusting konami

  • FOX

    What games will Konami develop without Kojima and his team? They screwed up Silent hill and Kojima brought back to life and then screw it again? Or they can have studios and they can make metal gears like rising, too funny

    • Gatsu

      I’ve heard that Konami does lots of other things besides games, but people outside Japan know Konami mostly by doing games. What games they will do afterwards, well that I have no idea of and not sure if I care after Kojima leaves or if he leave.

      • PrinceHeir

        Pachinko Parlor games and spa most likely.

  • Venom_Sina

    To KONAMI and KOJIMA:”Is it really hard to make an official statement about the future of KJP?Something directly from Mr.Kojima,like:I will leave KONAMI in December,but me and my team will work hard on TPP.
    It’s not that hard!!!All of the fans around the world are confused.Everyday we see questions like:what about TPP,or what about Silent Hills and so on.I’m really tired of this situation.”

    OVER AND OUT!!!

    • Exactly, that would probably be the smartest thing to do, instead of keeping quiet like this until someone says something and it blows up on the internet (like happened today). They should just explain that Kojima is leaving in december (which is probably the case) and that until then he is focused on TPP, and then everything can go back to normal, with Kojima tweeting again, and people can focus on the game once more. But by refusing to say anything, Konami is only drawing attention away from the game and on this situation. Not hearing anything only makes people assume the worst.

      • Venom_Sina

        Yes.These sudden informations that sometimes jump in the internet will add more fuel to the fire!!! I think KONAMI should consider a press conference or official statement about this subject,and they should do it fast!!! In other words,they should put out this fire!!!

        • Yes, it will automatically draw a lot of attention because it’s all the info we have. The statements Konami has made so far are from satisfying, and they fail to answer some of the most burning questions.

          • Venom_Sina

            Plus,some of the info we got so far was from unknown sources inside KONAMI (or probably KJP).This is very bad for a company like KONAMI.Looks like there are some spies inside KONAMI,willing to give some information for some money!!!Just what the hell,KONAMI?
            I hope they release some official news soon.

  • invader_skoodge

    You guys realize what she did? Whether or not she knows for sure that Kojima got fired or not, her being involved in the game and making a statement like that forced Konami to at least make a statement of their own. That way it could shed some light into what’s happening right now instead of being secretive Konami. I think what she did was brilliant because it opened up the discussion again and we might be getting the whole story sooner than later.

    • Hopefully you’re right, so we can get some clarity and leave this mess behind us.

  • PrinceHeir

    Well at least we get some unofficial confirmation with the whole thing.

    Sure Donna Burke is just a singer and she probably doesn’t have a lot of actual insider within Kojima Productions. It does look like she only based this on the news we heard last week as she mentions on one of her tweets.

    But if what she’s saying is true and she did have some sources. Then i wouldn’t really be surprised with the result.

    Companies are like this all the time, thinking they have all the power and can take anyone’s position down as they see fit. Even if someone as putting the companies main profits in the gaming world all these years.

    Once again Fuck You Konami. I hope Kojima and his team will be able to fully complete The Phantom Pain as perfect as he can.

  • LuxAlike

    I love how the entire production team and the fans are faithfully backing up Kojima and Konami isn’t doing a thing to disperse this negativity they’ve wrought, instead digging themselves deeper into their hole.

    • Ninja_Se7eN

      What do you mean? They’ve announced they’re going to make more Metal Gear without Kojima, because who needs Kojima?

      I’m being sarcastic of course, man Konami really screwed this one. I’m not seeing a bright future for Konami’s videogame business after TPP…

      • Yeah. I hate to say it, but this will probably be my last Metal Gear. One last hurrah, if you will.

  • Andrea Feletti

    What’s a typo?!?

    • A mistake made during typing.

    • Alberto Esparza

      a mystake in the wrting ….for example if I write….”axample” instead of “example”, that’s a typo

  • Alberto Esparza

    When you have someone as a directive you can’t fire him , you just ask for his resignation…or you just say “you are free from now on”…think about it, they are not gonna say “Hey yes we fired Kojima”…that would be an stupid move, we already see how the action of Konami went down when this information was made public…

  • Tibor

    Isn’t there like a thing that when you are leaving some company, you have to keep working there little longer or until you finish something you started? That would explain the situation right? Kojima was fired but has to finish TPP

    • WrongDirectionZ

      That´s different from country to country, but i don´t know how it is in Japan 🙁

  • Cipher

    Kojima shoukd take Shinkawa , Sasaki and the rest of his team and go join Sony.
    Konami have lost their wits!

    • Ninja_Se7eN

      What an exclusive that would create!

      • MichaelPayneV

        Would go against everything Hideo has done the last 5 years with Fox Engine.

        • Ninja_Se7eN

          Fox Engine is most likely Konami property. Leaving Konami also goes against that but he’s doing it anyways.

          • MichaelPayneV

            No, you don’t get it, Hideo made the Fox Engine with a principle, what makes you think that he will go against his own principle just because he is not with Konami anymore, why would he go limited by 1 platform when he did it for years and doesn’t want it anymore, instead making his work available to masses by making them multiplatform.

            Seriously, look how much Konami made Hideo wait on announcing the PC Version, the version that he hinted at since 2012

            PS: The work done to the PC Exclusive Depth of Field feature from Cutscenes, that is not just an effect, that is Hideo manually adding depth and changing the focus in key moments, that is Real Director work, and as a someone who wanted to become a Filmmaker, that depth of field matters A LOT for Hideo, if it didn’t he would have wasted time making sure that in every moment the Virtual Camera is perfectly focused from a Cinematography perspective.

          • Ninja_Se7eN

            I’m unsure what principle you’re referring to. Do you have any source for that?
            In fact, do you have any source for anything in your post?

            “[…]why would he go limited by 1 platform when he did it for years and doesn’t want it anymore[…]”

            How do you know he doesn’t want it anymore?

            “[…]instead making his work available to masses by making them multiplatform.”

            Oh boy, I feel a little dejá vu here, I believe we already had this discussion, and (long story short) those masses, at least regarding Metal Gear, are using Sony’s consoles to play =/.
            http://www.vgchartz.com/gamedb/?name=ground+zeroes

            “Seriously, look how much Konami made Hideo wait on announcing the PC Version, the version that he hinted at since 2012”

            Hmm… what’s you’re source for this? And, assuming it’s true (which may not be), what’s your point with this?

            “PS: The work done to the PC Exclusive Depth of Field feature from Cutscenes, that is not just an effect, that is Hideo manually adding depth and changing the focus in key moments, that is Real Director work, and as a someone who wanted to become a Filmmaker, that depth of field matters A LOT for Hideo, if it didn’t he would have wasted time making sure that in every moment the Virtual Camera is perfectly focused from a Cinematography perspective.”

            Kojima himself doing the work of the shader artists… right… What’s your source for this again?
            It’s not hard for me to believe that he would personally supervise some of the visual effects but that seems a little extreme.

            I honestly don’t know what Kojima will be doing after he leaves Konami. I merely said that if he ended up siding with Sony, that partnership would most likely yield great exclusive. This is just a mere hypothesis, I’m not saying it’s going to happen.

            Look, I may be wrong but IMHO it seems that every time you read something that you may interpret as not favourable to PC you go all out to demonstrate how PC is great and Kojima loves PC despite the veracity of your claims.
            If that’s true (and I’m not saying it is, that’s up for you to decide) I’d ask you turn that dial down a little ;).

          • MichaelPayneV

            If he didn’t wanted to go Multiplatform, would he have still made The Fox Engine, it the Fox Engine would have been made by Konami.

          • Ninja_Se7eN

            I’m sorry I don’t understand that sentence, could you please rephrase that?

    • MichaelPayneV

      No, getting limited by 1 platform when Hideo’s actual goal is to have as many people as possible play his Games would be stupid, especially after he made it clear that he doesn’t want to limit his audience from the moment he created The Fox Engine.

      If something Hideo would either find a Publisher that understands his art(WB Games, Rockstar) or create his own Studio and release his Games on Steam Greenlight first, to later hopefully be released on Consoles.

      • Cipher

        But isn’t Fox Engine a Konami property now ?
        or can he take off with it ?

        • MichaelPayneV

          It is, but this doesn’t change the fact that Hideo made the Fox Engine, that Hideo wanted MGS to go Multiplatform, that Hideo doesn’t want his Game limited to 1 platform, so after MGSV Hideo would probably put his new Games on Steam so everybody could enjoy his work.

          • But then not everyone could enjoy his work, only Steam users…

          • MichaelPayneV

            Until Xbox &/ PlayStation approve it in their platforms as well, the difference is that as an aindie studio releasing you Game on Steam Greenlight allows you to release it on other platforms as well, unlike Consoles where is not that ease.

            Steam Greenlight Games can be ported to PS4&X1, but not the other way around, at least not as easy.

          • Guest

            STFU idiot.

      • Guest

        Its so obvious you’re a PC fanboy smh -_-

        • MichaelPayneV

          Why are hiding?

        • Shalashaska

          haha clearly you havent been here that long.. if you had.. you’d know that that goes without saying xD
          Let be honest.. Pc rules in front of consoles.. unfortunately for pc users that the gaming industry only moves forward when the consoles do and not when pcs do. oh and im a console user. 😛

      • Alberto Sánchez

        Rockstar is not a publisher. Take Two publishes Rockstar games.

        • MichaelPayneV

          Rockstar is actually both a Developer and a Publisher, compared to 2K Rockstar publishes their Games, so a Japan Studio to lead more Story driven Franchises like Red Dead and Max Payne would make sense, especially since the Houser Brothers and Hideo respect each other and seemed really close friends at BAFTA 2014, which makes me think that he is already in talks with the Houser Brothers, maybe so deep that they could reveal a new Game at E3 saying “Rockstar Games Presents A Hideo Kojima Game” as a slap in the face to Konami initially removing his name from the covers.

  • Crazyboi_06

    FUCK KONAMI!!!!!!!!!

  • Ninja_Se7eN

    It’s funny how the most straight forward thing we hear from Konami is something like:
    “Kojima hasn’t been fired people! He’s just not listed as an executive anymore, hasn’t got the same role anymore and probably will leave the company by the end of year. Isn’t it super crystal clear that everything’s the same???”

    Konami should fire its entire PR department…

    • MichaelPayneV

      And when I thought that Ubisoft PR was Garbage.

  • Shalashaska

    You know.. all this time i was thinking this to be just restructure but when i read “free to leave in December”… Seriously Konami ? Because Hideo kojima will not make you more games after this one so you can continue to milk the freaking series dry to earn money… well then.. i can finally say it without feeling bad.

    SCREW YOU KONAMI. SCREW YOU. Sept 1st. last money you’ll ever get from me no matter how many dried to the bone versions of metal gear you release with your two-bit directors. Now I just feel sad for KojiPro as a team. I hope all of them resign, that Kojima makes his own firm and hires all of them and begins work on another just as awesome engine and IP that will wipe konami off the map.

    All of kojipro should do this when they are done with TPP. The fans will happily pay for the damages.

    http://www.hometowndemolitioncontractors.com/files/office-rage-demolition.gif

    http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view/966905/office-rage-o.gif

    http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view/103360/angry-at-computer-o.gif

    • Gatsu

      Lol is it normal to have a sledgehammer in your office? That guy is going nuts :O.

  • Yaro

    I bet my ass that the studio is going to make a documentary about this like they did with the cancelation of rising.

  • Yaro

    I thinl that he was fired because he took longer than promised to deliver the game. Remember his tweets about how the mission of making the game went wrong in all ways with the analogy of preparing to climb the mountain and after you rehearsed and prepared you have the wrong great, the worst weather and the worst you’re s and you have to improviser to make it work because you are already there.

  • It sounds like fake and something prepared, time to time 😉
    I won’t lose my faith. More or less i know what’s happening.
    Kojima is a genius, damn!

    Have a nice day 🙂

  • Amrid Saladin

    its all about money…
    konami you are a fucking bitch

  • Grun

    Konami inherited Kojima’s Trolliness.
    Achievement unlocked: Fiddle Player

  • kirtanloorii

    ♫Damage control to Major Konami.♫
    ♫You’ve really made the grade♫
    ♫And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear♫
    ♫Now it’s time to leave the capsule♫
    ♫if you dare♫

  • Bigbossmsf1974

    I’ve mention this before and will mention it agian, you’re all trap in kojima’s VR training system. Wake up my diamond dog’s brother’s, remember the alimo, moby dick studio, this is a ruse by both kojima and konami to cost mayham amongst the fan’s. I believe konami is paying burk to say these things in order to deceive us with ease and keep us blind from the real truth. And that truth is something that will both amaze and blow our mind’s when this information is release to the fan’s, and i’m betting the truth behind this chaos that’s going on at konami and kojima studio’s (which is the the thing that they want us to believe) will be reveal at e3 this year or around the release date of the phantom pain, i bet my life on it.

    • FOX

      İ wish but i dont think so. A lot of people cancel pre-orders to punish Konami. You think Konami would take that chance.?Anyway, i still find this stupid,they could have waitef untill V’s relase and then tell us that they were done with Kojima.Still not sure whats going on though

  • kirtanloorii

    Here is something to consider: If we have not heard the truth by now, then maybe it is because the truth will cause people to riot. That’s not good…

    • MichaelPayneV

      Which is why we shouldn’t cancel our Pre-Order, but not hurry to Pre-Order it either, now the Best thing to do is wait and have patience, and show Konami that we are not desperate for TPP, is the last thing we want Konami to think of us, we need to prove them otherwise.

  • MichaelPayneV

    Let’s forget about this until everything is clear, and instead talk about the Metal Gear Movie…to keep our mind away from this Problem, as getting worried about Hideo won’t change a thing, so we should deal with it.

    Now Back to the Movie, i have a few questions for the community, i know i’m a no one, so you don’t have to answer, only if you want it, so here we go:

    1. Do you think this Movie will be a Metal Gear 1/2, or a Metal Gear: Solid Movie?

    2. Who would you cast for those key roles? (The Age of the characters should be respected)

    Of your answer is MG 1/2

    a)Solid Snake
    b)Big Boss
    c)Frank Jagger

    If your answer is MG:S

    a)Solid Snake
    b)Liquid Snake
    b) Revolver Ocelot
    c)Meryl (Strip…kidding, just a wordplay)
    d)Gray Fox
    e)Otacon
    f)Psycho Mantis

    g)Sniper Wolf

  • Batzi
    • MichaelPayneV

      True.

    • Thanks, added!

  • MichaelPayneV

    After a lot of thinking i came to the conclusion that we should all get MGSV to make Hideo Proud, but only the Game, not the Expensive Collectors Edition, Konami doesn’t deserve more then 60$ for it, we should only pay Kojima Prod, not Konami, which is why we should not be getting the CE, buying the CE would just make Konami more money than they deserve, YES, you will get the Arm, but you will also support the people that “cut of” the Mastermind that is Hideo Kojima, would you be O.K. supporting the people that did harm to Hideo?

    Who’s with me, who thinks that we should only buy The Original Stock Hideo Masterpiece without any the DLCs as MGSV is enough of a Masterpiece to feel complete without DLCs, as actually wanting DLCs would be an insult to MGSV?

    Let’s play MGSV like in the Old MGS3 Days, get the Game and pretend like the DLCs Don’t exist, and instead focus on the Story Hideo has created!

    Respect Kojima, Fukk Konami!

  • Guest

    Don’t know about you guys but I know what I’ll be replacing the KONAMI logo off my copy with this.

  • FMercenary

    So, here’s a real question: who gets custody of the FOX Engine?

    • MichaelPayneV

      Konami since the FOX Engine was used for not Kojima projects as well, like PES 2015.

  • WrongDirectionZ

    That´s interesting. My hope just wont die

  • Kol Leqejza

    oh man… it’s official: i am not hyped anylonger for MGS V. don’t care when it’s released, cuz i might not buy it. konami killed all the hype. my vorfreude been destroyed by a company.

    • NakedSnake85

      Its not over. Not yet

    • No need for that. It’s still going to be the same game.

      • Mr.Pony

        Not the same game but the best game ever 🙂

      • Kol Leqejza

        if konami keeps bullshitting about this whole restructiring thing and restrict kojima’s channels, then they might as well lie about the game’s content. maybe the game ends w/o recruiting/fighting childsoldiers. and that’s the reason why there is no AHKG tagline on the cover front. i just want some assurance before purchasing that’s all.

    • MichaelPayneV

      I have the best solution for you.

      If you Respect Kojima and hate Konami, buy the Game, but just the Game, the normal edition, this was you will experience Kojima’s masterpiece while saying “fukk you” to Konami.

      • Kol Leqejza

        i may be in the minority here, but i don’t hate konami. i just hate this situation. most of my SNES & NES games are from konami. and i remember enjoying them all.

  • NakedSnake85

    Its Not Over. Not Yet

    • Silverius

      Have at you snake!!!!

  • Flameeater

    Hey guys,
    Been lurking this site since it was DOT-NL, only commented once before.

    I know I may get crucified for saying this… But has anyone thought that maybe the reason Konami did what they did was because the game may have been misrepresented? I mean I love the entire franchise and all. But most MGS games are actually pretty linear. Maybe not FF13 grade, but honestly, not far off. Then all of the sudden Kojima wants to go open world. Maybe that did not go as well as he had hoped? Now in my opinion we have not seen very much of the game. What I saw, I liked, but that still is not much to go on. Could it be that once Konami saw what was being presented, then saw what was actually completed, and things didn’t add up, they decided to take action? We have all gone through the disappointment of an over-hyped, underdeveloped, game that just did not live up to what had been previously presented.

    I gotta say if I was the owner of a company,and saw someone completely misrepresent one of my products I would be fuming. Or perhaps the game is way over budget. Perhaps, Kojima managed to dump so much money into this game that it has more or less become a financial disaster for the company. If I remember correctly didn’t Square go through something very similar with TombRaider? Where even though it sold well it was considered a financial failure? Perhaps I am wrong or misinformed.There are a lot of possibilities that people don’t seem to consider, at least I have not seen them mentioned anyway.

    • It is a possibility but it seems hard to imagine Kojima doesn’t know what he’s doing. Also, Ground Zeroes was a success and TPP builds on that.

      So far the most likely scenario is that Kojima is leaving, and now Konami wants to disassociate his name from the franchise, since it’s their biggest, most important brand. We all know Metal Gear is synonymous with Kojima and that’s a problem for Konami if he is indeed leaving, so that could be why they decided to do this. Still, to do this before TPP is even out was probably a pretty dumb decision, since this game should be marketed as ‘A Hideo Kojima Game’. Because it is, and because that’s what people want.

    • MichaelPayneV

      It would be, but Ground Zeroes is already a great example of what MGSV is, and if MGSV is nothing more than a Huge GZ, is still amazing.

  • Chris Jackson

    Wow… Just wow. I hope Konami burns in hell. They’re probably forcing him to retire.

    I know Kojima is probably a rather wealthy sort of guy, but there should be some kickstarter for him to start his own indie company. Konami deserves nothing from Kojima.

    • MichaelPayneV

      I don’t think he needs a Kickstarter, he is already big enough for Companies to call him.

  • john

    What game could be worth kojimas tears?

  • MichaelPayneV

    Just saw the new Gameplay Trailer for The Witcher 3.

    Now is it just me or Gar….his name, don’t now it it exactly he is more Naked Snake then Kiefer as Snake?

    • Gatsu

      Aye the gameplay looks spectacular :D. Can’t wait to play it, developers said it take them about 25h to speedrun through it lol but over 100h normally :).

      The name is Geralt, he’s a badass :3. You mean does he talk more or is he more like Kiefer (silent)?
      He talks a lot well at least in previous games. But obviously as it is open world too, the character won’t be talking all the time as you travel I think. It’s still very large RPG with lots of quests and conversations with different characters.

      • PrinceHeir

        Yeah i’m thinking of getting it now even though i haven’t played 1 and 2(watch tons of walkthroughs however)

        They did say it’s possible to port W1 and W2 on PS4, but they need the man power to do it.

        I do hope they do it in the near future.

        • Gatsu

          I admit I haven’t played Witcher 1 completely, but 2 I did finish long time ago and been replaying it. It’s really good RPG and I should try play through them all in the future :).

          • Mr.Pony

            For those who played and enjoyed the story and the Lore of the game i advise to read the books also, they are pretty good

          • Gatsu

            Yeah, my brother said the books are good also :).

          • MichaelPayneV

            Right now playing “Enslaved: Odyssey to The West” and FFXIII…struggling at it, and so far not enjoying it, that untill GTA V Comes, 4 days baby!

        • MichaelPayneV

          Why wait for them to be ported on PS4 when you can play them now on PC, on basically Witcher’s Home Platform?

      • MichaelPayneV

        No, i mean the character itself, his personality, to me he seems like a 1:1 Copy of Naked Snake from MGS3, if Naked Snake was a Witcher.

        • solidsnack

          i noticed this too even his voice is hayterish

  • Gatsu

    I didn’t notice that updated facebook message right away :O… I will never desert you Kojima-san and your buddies, NEVER!

  • invader_skoodge

    Some people on Kotaku pointed out a likely possibility. That whole “power struggle” from the gamespot article might had something to do with MGS5 being almost done > Kojima confirming this will be his last metal gear > Konami wanting Kojima to start working on the next MGS > Kojima saying “hell no” I’m done > Konami going “oh, yeah? If you don’t make it you are ‘done’ alright” > Kojima going “fine” #YOLO > Konami “not too fast you gotta finish this one first then you can GTFO” > Kojima “I know I gotta finish MGS5 that’s my pièce de résistace, after that you can get rekt Konami” of course I’m paraphrasing. :p

    • stocchinet .

      Nice use of the >maymays m8

  • MichaelPayneV

    Guys, i have an idea, how about when TPP releases we all send Konami the Prosthetic Arm Replica’s in THIS exact position?
    http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2013/094/8/c/middle_finger_by_kholdgold-d60e7ud.png

    Just imagine their reaction when they’ll open hundred of Boxes, and in all of them it will be Big Boss’s Arm flipping them off, it would be hilarious to see their reaction.

    • Edward Wokhands

      LOL! I’ll do that. We should make a thread for this and actually plan it out properly because that would be amazing. I’ll definitely do it as long as a lot of other people do it too. Whoever runs the Twitter would probably favorite them all. Did you see some of the Tweets they favorited? Whoever runs their Twitter seems to be against Konami too.

  • MichaelPayneV

    Konami, (Robert, you are one of us, so this is not directed towards you) in case you read this Konami…

  • Gatsu

    About E3, am I the only one who is kinda scared to see what Mass Effect 4 is gonna be like? I think the trilogy was fantastic, even though ME3 ending was not what many expected, but still some of my favorite scifi games.

    I haven’t really followed up the news of it, so I’m not sure is it even like a sequel, happening after ME3. If so then how does it continue. I just hope Bioware makes it good :(.

    • MichaelPayneV

      If Inquisition is any sign of what it may be, then like Lil Wayne “I have no worries.”

      • Gatsu

        Hmm yeah I hope so that no worries will come, Inquisition is awesome :). Lets also hope the new main character, whoever it will be, will be badass too like Shepard :).

  • ominonarepus
  • César H. Sandoval

    Donna is such a Badass!!

    • FMercenary

      Of course, she’s Australian. Badass is in her nature, it’s in her blood!

  • JDSS1

    Off topic. SPOILERSPOILERSPOILERSPOILERSPOILERSPOILERSPOILERSPOILERS.

    Can someone help with these questions?

    1. Revolver Ocelot regarding the Perfect Soldier Project with The Patriots idea. Ocelot wanted as Zero (the person who he make the decision to form the patriots) to fulfill the ideal of The Boss. But what about the data that Zero shared with Ocelot in the same moment they were talking about forming the patriots? I mean, who give the idea of The Patriots? Zero or Ocelot? Ocelot was planning to break his ties with Zero, but Zero shared with him the Perfect Soldier Project data and then Ocelot intrigued agreed to join the patriots (with the condition that Big Boss joins too).

    2. What meaning gave Big Boss to The Boss’ final behave about ”putting down the guns and sing” (Peace Walker Incident)? Big Boss was dissappointed, but then in MGS 4 it is different.

    3. Why Miller alerted Zero about the progress of Paz with ZEKE? Miller didn’t know that it was all a trap, Zero was going to bretayed him, it doesn’t make sense, Paz was going to lie about the progress. Was just Miller informing?

    4. Who ordered to input Liquid Snake’s arm into Ocelot’s? In MGS 2 Liquid says that it was him who ordered because he knew that Ocelot was a spy of The Patriots. But Liquid was dead by the time of the transplant, it doesn’t make sense.

    5. What was Revolver Ocelot planning in the Tanker Incident and Big Shell Incident (MGS 2)? In MGS 1 was to kill Sigint. But it is strange in MGS 2, he is not doing anything against The Patriots.

    • Old Liquid

      A lot that you’re asking are blatant holes and things purposely left for interpretation, but I’ll try to answer to the best of my ability, a lot will be opinionated though.

      1). I’m confident Zero gave the idea of The Patriots. Ocelot even said that everything was going the way Zero wanted, at the end of PO. He was the one feeding information to Ocelot and using him. He was the one that did the conspiring with Ocelot the incident to acquire the last portions of the Legacy. Ocelot even said it was all part of Zero’s script, just like he was using Gene and the Fox Unit. The announced Perfect Soldier Project “data” is a clear foreshadow to either LET or Genome Army. All of that ironically involves having Big Boss’s genes integrated in some way. There’s been hints in the past, including Para-Medic’s codec conversation about Big Boss’s genes possibly being a hot commodity in MGS3, and even with Gene’s statement about, “That story about soldier genes, perhaps it was true after all..” after being defeated.

      2). His judgement came off The Boss’s AI modeled thought patterns on Peace Walker. He considers The Boss a “traitor” to him, for relinquishing her way as a soldier by putting down her weapon and choosing death instead. Big Boss denies The Boss’ will, by choosing to keep on fighting against the times for their own cause, regardless of what they’d be labeled as.

      3). From my understanding, he provided intel on MSF, in exchange of receiving funds and being privy on certain Cipher developments (IE: AI validating, LET project, etc), to expand & strengthen MSF, hence informing Cipher on Paz’s sabotaging of Zeke. He’s definitely a spy, but nothing says that Zero betrayed Miller, or even planned to. We’d have to wait until TPP arrives. Skull Face is the wildcard in this situation, shown by him scheming against both Zero and Big Boss.

      4). Doesn’t MGS4 clarifies this? The storyline depicts this being Ocelot the entire time, acting as Liquid even in MGS2. Whatever happened in MGS2 was Ocelot pretending to be Liquid. Ocelot chose to input Liquid’s arm on him, and the nano-imposed “auto suggestions” would allow Ocelot to respond accordingly to how Liquid would respond.

      5). Well, who said he needed to plan anything directly against The Patriots in MGS2? Using Solidus and Dead Cell as diversions while reassuring The Patriots of his feigned fidelity, works just as fine for a plan. Remember, the Sons Of Liberty’s were ignorant and their plans against The Patriots weren’t good enough. Not only did they not have any correct information about The Patriots on which to base their plans, and they were also unstabled and selfish. Solidus, for example, does what he does in large part to be famous and remembered by history, whereas Ocelot is willing to sacrifice all aspects of his personal identity, to beat them.

      • JDSS1

        1. So, Ocelot didn’t want a 100% to fulfill The Boss’ will, he wanted it of course, but the data of the Perfect Soldier Program was as important for him too. The wikia says that Ocelot due to Zero sharing the data of the project Ocelot then agreed with The Patriots. In other words, unless the data he wouldn’t have join and help with The Patriots.

        2. ? It has no sense, Big Boss knew the truth about what happen to The Boss in Virtous Mission and Operation Snake Eater, she had to die, how can he say those things? And in MGS 4 he is not as dissappointed as in PW.

        3. In the end of PW Miller reveals to Big Boss that he knew the truth of Paz and Zadornov and that he participated with them to expand MSF, and apologize to Big Boss. So, he knew it. Well, that says the wikia… Dont write spoilers of GZ if you can.

        4. By the time of the Tanker and Big Shell incident, Ocelot didn’t make the desicion to hypnotize himself and put Liquid’s personality, he made a bit later, when they located Zero’s body after the virus in GW in Arsenal Gear.

        5. So, he was just working.

  • VenomSnake1974

    Fly higher, master Kojima. Let Konami regret this and sink.

  • Gatsu

    Good morning folks ;).
    Well it’s great that Donna clarified her comments in that Update 2 :).

  • Ninja_Se7eN

    Oh damn, Konami’s evil henchmen got to Donna Burke too Update 2 :O !

  • Old Liquid
  • Gatsu

    Way off topic :), but this is just so funny omg XD. AVGN ftw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_aXcH1zDEE

    • Edward Wokhands

      That episode was great. I can’t believe that game is real! I just hope that the creators were trolling.

  • psychomantis18

    Now i’m dead inside

  • MrVux007

    even after the update,people wont scream on Donna Burke for her false statement,they still scream on Konami,even tho none of us even know what is going on……ahh the humanity

  • César H. Sandoval

    So, “The Patriots” at Konami already made her say some PR bullshit so they don’t look like the bad guys.

    I’m sure this will be Donna’s last Konami game as well, no more Silent Hill or Metal Gear for her.

    • MrVux007

      Silent hills? i don’t recall that she was in that game…. so Konami can make a *mistake*,but Donna cant make a statement mistake? that’s kinda hypocritical

      • César H. Sandoval

        She was a voice actress and singer in SH2 and SH3 years ago, I dunno if Hideo would have used her again in SHs, but it was very likely before all this exploded between KojiPro and Konami.

        And IMHO, all the evidence from multiple outlets thus far supports Kojima being the wronged one here, the only ones saying otherwise in their news is of course, Konami reps.

        • MrVux007

          pls send me the links of the articles/info/evidence where Kojima was *wronged*…keep in mind those articles must contain legit information and no speculations…

          • César H. Sandoval

            Just google it dude, hell, half of them are right here on Metal Gear Informer, like the gamespot one, all the evidence of Hide’os name being wiped away from the game itself and KPLA being renamed, plus the recent declarations of Akio and Donna themselves. Those who are pretty much closest to Hideo than you and I would ever be, if they are the ones saying this is the team last game because of Konami’s choices, and we already know Kojima and his team are gonna leave the company in december, I have no reason to trust corporative PR bullshit about it over those who are actually working in the game.

          • MrVux007

            if you claim those *rumors*/speculations as solid evidence that Kojima was wronged…we have nothing to talk about…and no one who works in the game said anything about Kojima being wronged,except Donna Burke who later on apologized for her wrong statement(most probably cuz not even she knows the full details behind it all)..,..btw wasnt the brand* Hideo kojima game* brought back after the restructure?

            *if they are the ones saying this is the team last game because of Konami’s choices,*
            no where did thay say both Donna or Akio,that Konami is to be blamed cuz this is the last game of the team….

            If you dont like companies like Konami,EA,Activision etc etc…that is your business and you have every right to do so…but pls,atleast have strong evidence,if your gonna bash companies like that,and not use rumors as proper proof….

  • invader_skoodge

    LOL I think I know what made her change her mind.

  • Edward Wokhands

    If only Konami waited 6 short months none of this would have happened and Konami would have way more loyal future customers. They could have asked any member of this site for advice on how to handle it and every single solution would have been better than theirs. People get payed millions to create this kind of mess. They’ve lost so much money in the long run.

    All they had to do was wait for this game to release and have an event or a press release that congratulated Kojima, talked about how much they appreciated working with him but they’d have to part ways. 6 months and they would have saved hundreds of millions. I for one am not buying any Konami game that Kojima isn’t involved with in the future. They’ve treated him like shit, us like shit and now a talented woman who has done work for them. She doesn’t have to apologize for a misunderstanding. What did she do wrong? Konami needs to just clear this up. I genuinely don’t understand how so many idiotic mistakes are made in this industry? It’s like publishers refuse to employ people that love gaming or identify with the community. It also seems like they’ve never read one forum post discussing their games.

    I’ve slowly started to feel more and more detached from this industry since around 2011 and it’s getting exponentially worse. Who do they think their audience is? They all treat us like ATM machines. The games are the ATM cards and we’re the machines. Give us any piece of shit and because gaming is so fashionable right now, because “EYE MUST BE KLEVER IF EYE AM A NEARD!!1233”! they can make shit and people queue up to buy it because of how they think it makes them look. I mean look at the percentages on PSN, nobody completes the games, nobody gets trophies. Nobody plays them.

    On Steam people buy games to sit and look at them in their libraries without ever booting them up once so their friends can see the list on their profile. So they can share on Facebook that they’re “A BIGGUH NEARD DAN YOO ARE DERFOR EYE AM AY KLEVERER PEARSUN!”!”. They have to dumb games down too because people that don’t enjoy games are buying them. (Dragon Age Inquisition has 5 ways for you to check what your current quest is. In case you didn’t see the dramatic cutscene with the over the top NPC, in case that didn’t bore into your memory, in case the map marker isn’t enough, in case the on screen arrow isn’t enough, in case the journal entry isn’t enough they also put a big text box on the screen that constantly reminds you what you’re doing. Essentially they’ve built the game around people who aren’t interested in the story and don’t care enough to remember what is going on. Great. It’s the perfect exemplification of gaming right now.) It’s a mess and I hope it collapses in on itself. Every time something becomes fashionable it’s bound to be decimated by shallow assholes who give money to greedy assholes.

    I mean even the indie community is becoming a homogenized blob of pretension which is actually worse than over the top “macho” (another trend; male = bad, not sexist apparently?) games like COD. At least they know what they are and they don’t care. Ugh. When it comes to gaming news I’m pretty much only visiting this site now. I don’t really care about any other games releasing this year other than MGS5. People and developers are terrified of expressing themselves so why should I be excited? So I can see ideas copied from TV shows and movies? Safe ideas that aren’t saying what the creators are really thinking? I only know of Kojima who doesn’t care about compromising his artistic vision. It’s guaranteed to be full of new ideas that push the industry forward and will probably affect the gamer emotionally. He refuses to apologize and that’s how everyone should be because gaming; consoles and PCs are an artistic medium. A blank canvas. The industry has become the equivalent of a tacky caricaturist and decided to make a quick buck at the expense of long term artistic integrity and now Konami has joined them.

    • invader_skoodge

      tl;dr. Can you sum it up please?

      • Edward Wokhands

        Lol -_- One of my hobbies is tl;dr. I can’t help it. I hate how corporations treat art. Konami is now one of them. I also hate how corporations jump on shallow people who treat gaming as a fashion, again, rather than an artform. It can be fun and I don’t want every game to be “artistic” or even meaningful, just fun. But there are so many games being dumbed down to ridiculous degrees and it ruins them, it destroys immersion and it makes me think that the developers are catering to idiots. (In Dragon Age Inquisition there were 5 ways to find out what your current quest was at ALL TIMES and one of them is on screen constantly taking up 1/4 of the FOV. I was about 10 hours into Dying Light and tips were still popping up telling me how to jump! If you were watching Breaking Bad and after every scene it played the “previously on Breaking Bad” thing, wouldn’t you feel like the writers don’t trust you to be interested?) Look at the stats on PSN on the trophies, look at the stats on Steam, nobody plays the games they buy. They’re buying them so they look “nerdy” because it’s fashionable right now. So they can look at a collection or show off a number on their profile. It’s boring and meaningless.

        I think the “share” button on PS4 exemplifies it PERFECTLY. People are more interested in saying “I’m playing this” than actually playing it. It reminds me of people who go on vacation or to some event and are more concerned with getting facebook pics than enjoying it. It’s this constant “look at me” mentality.

        And because games are now made by corporations they follow the money which means following the fashion trends which means more shallow games except the protagonist will probably be a shallow woman instead of a shallow man. (If you want to see a dull protagonist look at how they destroyed Lara’s personality in the Tomb Raider reboot) So, in short, I think I’m starting to really hate gaming and only MGS5 (and the new Mario Kart DLC) is keeping me here.

        Hopefully that wasn’t tl;dr. :p Actually, it was a little bit wasn’t it?

        • Being able to make your own screenshots is pretty cool though. Especially if it’s a game with beautiful art and environments it can be nice to take some pictures while playing. Like the camera in MGS4, but now every game supports it (on PS4 at least).

          • Edward Wokhands

            Yeah, I actually agree with that. I’m not talking about people who love the games. I use the screenshot function myself. But I know a few people who, for instance, own Zelda games and give you a blank look when you say “Ganon”. They haven’t played it but for some reason they wear lensless glasses and a Zelda t-shirt. And honestly there’s nothing wrong with that, they can do that if they want to but people who show a passing interest in fashions are the majority so they dictate how the majority of the industry makes their games because some rich woman or man doesn’t want to take a risk when they invest in a game and they don’t know what types of risks they should take because they aren’t into games. So they look at what made money a week ago and copy it. Then the masses buy it, don’t play it, so they don’t criticize it. So the publisher sees it as a success so does it again. No risks. Just human ATM machines responding to a disc or Steam code.

            Then a small minority like me and well, everyone on this site, (this community seems to really care about the industry) gets called a whining, entitled neck beard for caring about the industry. (Even if they’re female)

            Anyway, I’m going on a tangent. There’s nothing wrong with sharing and as you say, games can look BEAUTIFUL. I recently took a lot of Ground Zeroes shots on PC because it’s just incredible. But I have 50 hours on it, most people aren’t interested in the game. They just want to primp and groom themselves until they match the characters on Big Bang Theory (I know, I sound like a snob kinda… a lot) but this kind of mentality is ruining the industry. Developers and publishers are getting money from people who aren’t playing their games! It’s like mcdonalds started making a shit burger, everyone buys it but never tastes it. They all just take pics and pose with it because they saw it in the “McSisters and McBros: Uh oh, here comes trouble” sitcom. Then the few who do taste it and criticize mcdonalds are seen as pedantic or “whiners”. It can’t be good that publishers get money no matter the quality of their product. (That’s why Ubisoft are how they are, why they can pump out mediocre games each year.)

  • Major Tom

    One thing came to my mind:
    In Ground Zeroes you can play a mission, in which you can find a gun with special light. You can find
    Logos for all Metal Gear games and aim at them. If it´s A HIDEO KOJIMA GAME they will disappear. If he hasn´t had anything to do with them, they will stay.
    At one point Kaz says: “You erased a marking. Looks like there´s more of ém. You might be able to erase the markings, but the memories will never disappear.”
    And now we have the same thing happening in real life.
    Coincidence?

    • MichaelPayneV

      No, Hideo knew this would be inevitable.

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