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.

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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

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • (Umar) Must be Cipher

    Saving face much, Konami?

  • Gardos

    Header and video: PERFECT!

    • oVg

      I thought the photo was real lol

  • oVg

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

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Hideo KojiMEH. *run*

      • oVg


      • WitWolfy

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  • oVg

    R.I.P. Konami

    • WitWolfy

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

      • oVg

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

        • HvR

          Going back to their roots #pull_the_lever

          • oVg

            Insert Coin 😛

  • HvR

    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.

  • Chule Gcanga

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

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