According to inside sources from
gamespot, Mr. Hideo Kojima, the creator and mastermind behind the Metal Gear franchise and Kojima productions is set to leave his long-time company Konami soon. An anonymous source said “power struggles” between Kojima Productions and Konami have led to employment changes for Kojima himself, as well as other senior staff. They reportedly now work as contractors instead of full-time employees.
“After we finish MGSV, Mr. Kojima and upper management will leave Konami,” the source said. “They said their contract ends in December.”
After the allegations have been roaming around, Konami has even went to confirm to ign why changes have been occurring within their company:
“As we have already announced, we are shifting our production structure to a headquarters-controlled system, in order to establish a steadfast operating base capable of responding to the rapid market changes that surround our digital entertainment business. Konami Digital Entertainment (including Mr. Kojima), will continue to develop and support Metal Gear products. Please look forward to future announcements.”
Get this though — Key developers, including Hideo Kojima, are also reportedly being given limited access to corporate internet, emails, and phone calls.
So with this said, Hideo Kojima confirmed himself that after the creation of Metal Gear V: Phantom Pain, he will no longer be working with Konami. He did add, though, that he will still work on anything regarding the Metal Gear franchise. So I suppose that’s the good news.
If you’re familiar, like I am, with Metal Gear and how far it’s come then you can understand why I would feel this was a HUGE move. Mr. Kojima has really brought a lot to the company and gave them so much exposure. So It’s interesting to see how much has changed and continues to do so; especially like this. I hope it was worth it, and I wish them all the best in what the future holds for them.