Report: Japanese Metal Gear Voice Actor Provides More Evidence Of Kojima Productions Turmoil
The longtime Japanese voice actor for Solid Snake and Big Boss, Akio Otsuka, reportedly revealed in a tweet (translated by Gematsu) that Kojima Productions was "forced to disband".
“Kojima Productions was forced to disband, but it appears that the work that the team has been putting their utmost effort into is nearly complete,” Otsuka said, according to Gematsu's translation. “I’m not exaggerating when I say that I expect it will become their greatest masterpiece. I couldn’t help it. I just wanted to say ‘Kept you waiting, huh?’ (Laughs). But even if this is the end, Metal Gear Solid is immortal!”
We've reached out to Konami for official confirmation on Otsuka's tweets according to these translations.
Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima's ongoing falling out has been in the news since his name was removed from the MGS V: The Phantom Pain box art back in March. Kojima Productions has since then been rebranded as Konami Digital Entertainment.
Konami has been quiet about publicly revealing details regarding Kojima's transition from the company, but the full story will be revealed one way or another. Otsuka's wording, if translated accurately, makes it appear that Kojima Productions was interested in continuing to work under Konami but didn't have a choice but to disband.