A lot has happened today, and none of it looks good.
Kojima Productions is now Konami Los Angeles Studio. The developer’s website redirects to a portal for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and its twitter has magically transformed into another generic MGS V account. Studio head Hideo Kojima is no longer listed as a Konami executive, and the “A Hideo Kojima Game” branding that fans have come to expect from his studio’s games has been stricken from the promotional art for MGS V.
Neither Konami or Kojima have offered any concrete details regarding these troubling developments outside of generic PR speak that does little to confirm or deny anything. A statement sent out by the publisher earlier today offered little insight into what’s going on.
“Konami Digital Entertainment, including Mr. Kojima, will continue to develop and support Metal Gear products. Please look forward to future announcements.”
It looks as if Kojima is leaving Konami.
An anonymous source confirmed this to GameSpot, which mentions a fallout between Kojima Productions and Konami after the publisher ordered restructuring and personnel changes earlier this month. Their source claims that “After we finish MGSV, Mr. Kojima and upper management will leave Konami.”
If this is true, Kojima’s departure shouldn’t have much of an impact, if any, on Metal Gear Solid V. That game is far enough along that it should be able to hit its September release date. The fate of Silent Hills — a collaborative project between Kojima and director Guillermo Del Toro starring Norman Reedus — is looking less sure.
This story is still developing. I’ll share any updates as they happen.