Report: Hideo Kojima Officially Leaves Konami (Possibly For Real This Time)

by Mike Futter on Dec 15, 2015 at 06:13 AM

It seems the drawn out divorce of Konami and Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima could be hurtling toward a finale. Nikkei is reporting that as of today, Kojima has separated from the publisher.

The Nikkei story suggests that Kojima, who spent the better part of the 30 years at Konami, will be opening his own studio. We’ve reached out to Konami for comment on Kojima’s current status with the publisher and we’ll update should we receive a response.

The messy breakup first came to light when Konami removed Kojima’s name from Metal Gear Solid series boxart. The company then canceled Silent Hills, which Kojima was working on with Hollywood director Guillermo del Toro. The Los Angeles branch of Kojima Productions was later shuttered.

Along the way, rumors emerged that Kojima had already departed (refuted by Konami). The most recent dust up occurred at The Game Awards earlier in December as host Geoff Keighley revealed that Konami exercised legal leverage to prevent Kojima’s attendance.

For an in-depth look at the events of the past year transpiring between Kojima and Konami, check out our previous coverage.

[Source: Nikkei via Polygon]


Our Take
At this point, it’s unlikely Konami is going to comment about anything related to Kojima. This sordid tale won’t be over until he formally announces his own studio and can talk about what’s been going on over the past year.