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    Default 'Metal Gear Solid' creator Hideo Kojima rumored to be leaving Konami




    Key devs could leave before 2016; Senior staff become contractors; Communications block in effect.

    A fallout between Kojima Productions and its publisher, Konami, has led to senior staff at the studio given restricted access to corporate internet, emails, and phone calls.

    Along with the restricted communications, key developers at the studio, such as Hideo Kojima, will now have limited opportunities to lend their appearance to promotions of the studio’s upcoming game, Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.

    Power struggles between Kojima Productions and Konami have convinced the publisher to make drastic changes, including amending the employee status of its Metal Gear team.

    Some senior staff at the studio, including Kojima, now essentially work as contractors, not permanent employees.

    The extraordinary measures were revealed by a source within Konami, on the condition of anonymity.

    The person explained that, once the Phantom Pain project is finished, in all likelihood the management at the studio will disband.

    "After we finish MGSV, Mr. Kojima and upper management will leave Konami.

    They said their contract ends in December," the source claimed.

    The person added: "At a team meeting, Mr Kojima explained that team have to be one and make a good game for fans."

    Kojima, now 51, joined Konami in 1986.

    His departure from the company will bring an end to nearly three decades of service.

    In other developments, Konami has begun erasing the Kojima Productions logo from all official Metal Gear art, and it has demoted Kojima off its executive team.

    Meanwhile, Kojima Productions’ branding has also been removed from Twitter, the official Metal Gear website, and even the LA office listing.

    The corporation has offered a statement: "Konami Digital Entertainment, including Mr. Kojima, will continue to develop and support Metal Gear products. Please look forward to future announcements."

    Metal Gear Solid 5, Kojima’s latest iteration in the famed series, ships in September on consoles and PC.

    Konami also announce that they will be developing a new Metal Gear series, and they are looking to recruit brand new main staff members for the team.

    They are seeking people with experience working in high end game development, have creative ideas, passion for games, and good communication skills.
    Source: gamespot

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    Default Re: 'Metal Gear Solid' creator Hideo Kojima rumored to be leaving Konami

    I wonder how this'll affect Silent Hills. Also, what the hell caused that kind of fallout between Kojima's team and Konami?

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    Default Re: 'Metal Gear Solid' creator Hideo Kojima rumored to be leaving Konami

    konami's realizing that everyone just loves his production (kojima) more than their company, messed up thing is that it looks like konami is keeping the metal gear name

    to 1st,2nd,3rd and 4th generation consoles and may lord bless us with emulators


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    Default Re: 'Metal Gear Solid' creator Hideo Kojima rumored to be leaving Konami

    Kojima always destroys and torture his characters, like aging Snake or getting a piece of Blackhawk and a artificial arm in Big Boss and that surely pisses off Konami´s managers and investors, don´t forget that MGS 4 sold a little more than a half of the quantity expected (about 10 millions of copies were expected to be sold and today with re releases and everything it only closes to 6 million). And don´t forget that Konami has many non game related bussiness around the world (which actually are more profitable the the games) and maybe they are trying to get rid of the game department. But only time will tell if i am right or wrong

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    Default Re: 'Metal Gear Solid' creator Hideo Kojima rumored to be leaving Konami

    It isnt a rumor anymore. We might get an announcement at E3 for all we know? I hope SONY snatches him up. The only thing thats worrying me now is..... WHAT ABOUT SILENT HILLS?!?!?

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