Did Hideo Kojima Leave Konami?

21 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Hideo Kojima has left Metal Gear Solid publisher Konami.

Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima has officially left video games publisher Konami, according to a report from The New Yorker, apparently confirming rumors earlier this year that the talismanic designer would be moving on from the Japanese company.The run-up to October 21, 2015—the day Marty and Doc Brown travel to in Back to the Future Part II—has seen anyone and everyone even tangentially related to the film getting in on the fun of celebrating the actual day of time-travel.

Except the author of the original story has tweeted a photo of what is alleged to be Kojima’s leaving do. ‘We’re not sure what kind of thing this was,’ said the Konami spokesperson when asked about it. ‘Because the development time for console games is so long and fatigues builds up, it’s common for employees to take extended periods of time of when development is finished.’ Konami’s bizarre attitude throughout this whole controversy has only added fuel to the rumours, but if it does turn out the Kojima is only having a couple of weeks off that’s going to be a plot twist on par with Metal Gear itself. Seeing as how the DeLorean Motor Company has been out of business for decades, the American automaker filled the video touting the Flux Capacitor as a limited-time feature option for its Focus and Fiesta models. Officially nothing has ever been said anything about the constant stream of rumours surrounding the continued employment of Hideo Kojima, or Konami’s attitude towards making traditional games. There’s no confirmation that’s true, but the same source suggests that Kojima’s contract will allow him to be employed by rival companies starting from December.

Mobile games, on the other hand, have been a major source of profit for the Japanese firm, with titles such as Dragon Collection and Sengoku Collection helping it increase net profits by almost 80 percent between 2011 and 2012 without requiring tortuous development periods. The dates are really just details though, and especially given hints from Kojima himself, there now seems no question that he has, or is about to, cut his ties with Konami. Konami has been unclear on its future plans, first indicating that it would continue to make MGS-style triple-A console games after the latest Metal Gear, before a report indicated in September that it was giving up on all development of its console titles apart from yearly sports series Pro Evolution Soccer. A Konami community manager later argued that the report was incorrect and that comments have been taken out of context, but the departure of Julien Merceron — the director in charge of MGS V’s Fox Engine technology — in September backed up the rumor that Konami would be refocusing its resources away from console games. There can hardly be any games company in the world that wouldn’t want to employ him, but it’s also possible he’ll set up his own development studio.

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