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Has Hideo Kojima left the building?

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We all know that Metal Gear mastermind Hideo Kojima and the company he’s worked half his life for, Konami, have seemingly acrimoniously parted ways. According to a report from The New Yorker, Kojima has now officially left Konami, packing his stuff in to a box and leaving the building. They cite an anonymous source who attended the farewell party for Kojima, along with a hundred or so other guests.

Says Simon Parkin, writing for The New Yorker.

“The departure ceremony, according to one of the hundred or so guests who attended, and who asked that I not use his name, took place at Kojima Productions, the director’s in-house studio, and was “a rather cheerful but also emotional goodbye.” He said that he did not see Konami’s president, Hideki Hayakawa, or its C.E.O., Sadaaki Kaneyoshi, at the party, but some of Kojima’s colleagues from other studios showed up to pay their respects, as did many of the people who worked on his most recent directorial project, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.”

Parkin also says that Kojima’s non-compete clause expires as early as December, which if true, means we could see something new from the fabled designer as early as next year, probably through the magic of Kickstarter.

However, Konami says this is all nonsense. According to the company, he’s not gone – he’s just on a holiday.

“Currently, Kojima and the development team are finished developing Metal Gear Solid V and are taking a long time off from work, Konami says. “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.”

I get the impression that Konami’s sitting with blinkers on, living in a world of delusion. They know Kojima’s gone, but they’re insistent on saying otherwise – something that’s not especially dissimilar to this:

Last Updated: October 20, 2015


  1. (Umar) Must be Cipher

    October 20, 2015 at 09:09

    Saving face much, Konami?


  2. Gardos

    October 20, 2015 at 09:14

    Header and video: PERFECT!


    • oVg

      October 20, 2015 at 09:50

      I thought the photo was real lol


  3. oVg

    October 20, 2015 at 09:27

    The secret ending has finally been revealed. Kojima leaves Konami HQ.


    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      October 20, 2015 at 09:35

      Hideo KojiMEH. *run*


      • oVg

        October 20, 2015 at 09:40



      • WitWolfy

        October 20, 2015 at 10:19

        LOL that made my day!


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  4. oVg

    October 20, 2015 at 09:29

    R.I.P. Konami


    • WitWolfy

      October 20, 2015 at 10:19

      More like RIP to the MGS franchise… Konami aint going no where…


      • oVg

        October 20, 2015 at 10:33

        tell me about it. The company was founded in 1969 as a jukebox rental and repair business. Not Bad.


        • HvR

          October 20, 2015 at 10:43

          Going back to their roots #pull_the_lever


          • oVg

            October 20, 2015 at 11:00

            Insert Coin 😛

  5. HvR

    October 20, 2015 at 11:33

    This sounds like the typically joke I always make corporate structure communication where Kojima yelled “Fuck you I’m leaving” and it changed along the “corporate telephone” to Kojima said “Good luck to you I put some leave in”

    My favorite one is the engineer saying ” It is impossible due to ……” changes into “I do not know what he meant but I heard the word possible” on exec level.


  6. Chule Gcanga

    October 20, 2015 at 12:11

    I laughed so hard when reading ” he’s just on holiday” XD!!!! hilarious !!


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