Finally, unceremoniously, creator Kojima’s out, now aspires (for) more inspiration.
UPDATE 2: Hideo Kojima has taken to Twitter to confirm that his contract with Konami has been terminated as of December 15. He will be working with PlayStation to create a new video game exclusive to the PlayStation 4. You can read more on that story here.
UPDATE 1: It is finally official. Game Spark has reported the confirmation from a Konami representative that, indeed, Hideo Kojima has left the company after his contract had expired.
ORIGINAL: The most infamous vacation in the history of the video games industry has finally come to a close, according to a report from Nikkei. In it, they conclude that Hideo Kojima has finally left Konami as of today. Better yet, work is already underway to create a new video games development studio, with the intention to create gaming content for video game consoles.
The report states that Hideo Kojima will be working with some of his former staff to create this new studio, and negotiations between Kojima and Sony Computer Entertainment are in the final stages so that his newest project will debut on a PlayStation console. Whether or not such a game would be on a PS4, PlayStation VR or a combination of the both remains to be seen, although it will not be a new Metal Gear Solid title, as the IP will stay with Konami.
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Despite the numerous problems stemming from the latest project directed by Hideo Kojima, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (both on the publisher and developer’s side), should Konami officially confirm the news that Kojima has left the company, it will mark the end of a brutal downward spiral of a negative, uncontrollable, wildly irresponsible and almost childish public relations campaign dealing with the news. I mean, if you won’t let the man accept an award at an “awards (marketing) show” for creating a franchise that kept Konami relevant as a gaming publisher well into the 2000’s, how can you say otherwise?
Regardless, we wish Kojima-san best wishes, should this report be accurate. You deserved better.