It’s Official—Hideo Kojima to Leave Konami After Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

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We’ve finally gotten some official confirmation as to the current and future status of Hideo Kojima, and the development team behind Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

Both Konami and Kojima have prepared a joint statement. “I want to reassure fans that I am 100% involved and will continue working on METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN; I’m determined to make it the greatest game I’ve directed to date. Don’t miss it!,” said Kojima.

As for Konami, they reaffirmed their looking to hire new talent for a new game in the series: “As the next step in the series, KONAMI has already resolved to develop new METAL GEAR.” Konami also pointed out that the company will be “conducting interviews for main staff to lead the development.”

So while Kojima’s statement is a bit nebulous, it certainly paints the picture that something is amiss behind the scenes. The fact that Konami has confirmed that new staff will lead the development of the new games essentially confirms the departure of Kojima, and possibly his staff. This, alongside the source by Gamespot, has led us to believe Kojima and crew really are leaving after the game ships.

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The end of an era – we’ll keep you guys posted.

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Brandon Orselli


Owner and Publisher at Niche Gamer and Nicchiban. Outlaw fighting for a better game industry. Pronouns: Patriarch, Guido, Olive.

  1. Karo
    March 20, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    RIP Konami.

  2. DanTheMan
    March 20, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    This could spell doom for Konami. I don’t know what’s going on in the heads of the folks in charge of the company, but it sure hasn’t been “common sense” for many years now.

  3. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    March 20, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    I think I’m going to cry when I get home while playing through MGS4 again…

  4. Phelan
    March 20, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    ““I want to reassure fans that I am 100% involved and will continue
    working on METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN; I’m determined to make
    it the greatest game I’ve directed to date. Don’t miss it!,”

    Why do I read this as:
    “I won’t be working on Silent HIll”

  5. heavensfeel
    March 20, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Parodius, Gradius, Castlevania, Contra, and ZoE are all toast. In due time MGS will also join the pile of ruined Konami franchises.

  6. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    March 20, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    I added a small clarification in the article: “We will be conducting interviews for main staff to lead the development,” was in the statement.

  7. Phelan
    March 20, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    The fun fact:
    In my language “konami” sounds kinda similar to word meaning “moribund”

  8. Deadmoonking
    March 20, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Don’t forget Suikoden.
    Although that one has been on ice for a while….

  9. NuclearCherries
    March 20, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Konami are already dead

  10. Carlos Roberto
    Carlos Roberto
    March 20, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Maybe these franchises were canned because their games stopped selling.

  11. Dammage
    March 20, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    So what team is actually working on Silent Hill? Is it internal or another shitty outsourced game?

  12. Piotr Maksymiuk
    Piotr Maksymiuk
    March 20, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    I get the feeling that it was BECAUSE Konami wanted a yet another MGS at any costs, and because Kojima didn’t want any more of them, they got rid of him. Too bad, since MGS without Kojima is not MGS, and will flop. GG Konami..

  13. froyton
    March 20, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Maybe when Konami dies and their carcass is being picked clean, WayForward could scoop up the Contra IP. Contra 4 was awesome…

  14. pepsi
    March 20, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    I love metal gear but it’s such a shame that such a creative person had to keep working on the same thing over and over again
    Konami is pretty much screwed though. At least they still have pachinko and cell phone games

  15. Juhata
    March 20, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Man, this is the end of an era…
    I wonder what Kojima will do next. Will he keep making videogames or just look for something else?

  16. Doyes
    March 20, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Another question remains though; what happens to Silent Hills?

  17. Thanatos2k
    March 20, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Metal Gear is nothing without Kojima.

    Well Konami, it seems your strategy of driving all your other IPs into the gutter and betting the bank on Metal Gear will soon pay off!

    You deserve it.

  18. PenguinPlayer
    March 20, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Maybe they got canned because they don’t sell like CoD and Konami wants that sweet dosh. Also, incompetent management. Sillent Hill: Book of Memories, really? REALLY?

  19. Jack Ripper
    Jack Ripper
    March 20, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    They didn’t sell because Konami half asses their games and made it like shit.

  20. Wand
    March 20, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Konami these days was just MGS, Yu-Gi-Oh and PES. Wonder what they’ll do when they realize they kicked out the man responsible for their major income

  21. Wand
    March 20, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    “why make millions when we can make thousands?!”

  22. Thanatos2k
    March 20, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Why make games when we can just make Metal Gear?

    Oh right, Kojima is mortal and won’t make them forever. Time for bankruptcy!

  23. landlock
    March 20, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    They won’t die. There do a lot of things that aren’t video games as well. Plus they still do there arcade music games.

    They may change a lot and go the way of SEGA but they won’t die.

  24. landlock
    March 20, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Maybe they stopped selling because they outsourced them to crappy western developers and changed them to much. (i.e.) see also Capcom.

  25. landlock
    March 20, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    What’s worse is Climax wanted to make a real Silent Hill and Konami said no.

  26. Akumanoid
    March 20, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    I wonder how true this is. Between MGSIV and Peace Walker, Peace Walker was the better game and had less Kojima involvement, IIRC.

    Still I shudder at the idea of Metal Gear without his vision.

  27. Zombie_Barioth
    March 20, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    Yeah, I have a similar feeling. Either it was a case of “if you won’t do it, we’ll find somebody who will”, or they bugged him about working on the next game before they’ve even finished MGSV and he flipped shit and decided to quite.

    My money’s on the latter, Sakurai did the same thing due to going through that with Nintendo, and not only are they friends they share many of the same qualities. They’re so alike they stink.

  28. VanFinale
    March 21, 2015 at 1:29 am

    It could just be that Kojima is finally getting his wish to stop making metal gear. Though if he is leaving I guess that ends the possible resurrection of Silent Hill we were hoping for.

  29. tccboss
    March 21, 2015 at 3:30 am

    Why are we here, just to suffer? The devs I’ve lost the studios I’ve lost its like they’re all still there.

  30. KefkaFollower
    March 21, 2015 at 10:45 am

    The latest kojima (unofficial) tweets:
    The tweet, the avatar, the profile location …

    very funny.

  31. InfectedAI
    March 21, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Metal Gear without Kojima will go the way of Silent Hill without Team Silent. For having so many successful franchises, Konami sure is incompetent.

  32. ogopogo
    March 21, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Um, sorry but all the proofs in that article are conjecture and educated guesses and are NOT official in any shape or form. In fact, Konami’s PR has actually denied the rumor that Kojima is leaving in an interview with livedoor news on the 20th. They said that the change to the the logo and the removal of any mention Kojima Production is due to a change to the internal production pipeline and that Kojima is still a employee at Konami. However, they’ve also mentioned that no one would know, including Kojima himself, whether he’ll leave Konami in the future or not so I guess it could all be PR speak right now, however, it doesn’t change the fact that Kojima leaving Konami is NOT officially confirmed by any first hand or second hand source.

    Link to the news article: http://news.livedoor.com/article/detail/9912970/

  33. Haunter!
    March 21, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    What a click bait article. There is no evidence of Kojima leaving Konami and there won’t be until he’s out the door. There is no “official” statement of him leaving and, as far as anyone is aware, he is still involved with Silent Hills. Kojima has said that this would be his last Metal Gear game, but he’s said that at least two other times as well. Welcome to the ruse cruise where we are all passengers and the ride never ends.

    Also, the stuff about KojiPro being removed from the covers is Konami trying to rebrand. They don’t want the parent company getting overshadowed by one of their subsidiaries (even though this subsidiary has carried them for years).

  34. Akumanoid
    March 21, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    I need to correct myself, because reading up on it Kojima actually SAVED Peace Walker from development Hell.

    RIP Konami.

  35. Psichaos
    March 22, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    From what it soiunds like, it seems Kojima may be excusing himself from development of any future MGS games, but it doesn’t sound like he’s leaving Konami altogether. As far as I know, Kojima has been wanting to work on other things for a long time now, but MGS is the money-maker. I take it this is just their way of saying that any new Metal Gear games won’t be headed by Kojima and his staff, but instead by another team. Konami spent too much money on Kojima Productions itself to actually be willing to get rid of it that easily. Not to mention the Silent Hills game is Kojima’s too and we haven’t heard of any cancellations or staff replacement regarding it.

  36. Carlos Roberto
    Carlos Roberto
    April 4, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Maybe they outsourced it because they stopped selling.

  37. Carlos Roberto
    Carlos Roberto
    April 4, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Was ZOE, Gradius and Parodius shit?

  38. Carlos Roberto
    Carlos Roberto
    April 4, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    “Maybe they got canned because they don’t sell like CoD”

    I don’t remember Konami setting a 15+ millions sales expectancy for any of their games.

    “Sillent Hill: Book of Memories, really? REALLY?”

    Yes, it’s called spin-off. Look at Kid Dracula.

  39. landlock
    April 4, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    Catch 22. Eitherway the quality dropped like a dwarf in water.

  40. landlock
    April 4, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    The ZOE HD collection was outsourced and had lots of issues. :p Gradius/Paradius are unlikely because the genre died because 90% of people seem to want only the best graphics and ignore anything that isn’t.