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Hideo Kojima is No Longer at Konami or Kojima Productions

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We’ve learned from a report (via The New Yorker) that Hideo Kojima is officially no longer at Konami or Kojima Productions.

According to a source close to the creator and the entire debacle at Konami, Kojima left the company earlier this month, on October 9th. The source was in attendance at a departure ceremony for Kojima, who has been employed at Konami for nearly three decades.

It’s worth mentioning that Kojima is able to sign with another company in December, after his non-compete clause expires. Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata also spoke on the closure of Kojima Productions.

“It’s a rare case of a highly successful studio being closed down, so obviously everyone is in a state of shock about it, I think,” Hajime Tabata said. “But we believe that we can survive. At least, until the company decides to close us down.”

We’ve reached out to Konami for a comment, and will update this story if we receive a response.

Hideo Kojima first worked at Konami back in 1986, where he went on to created the Metal Gear series, which he has been overseeing since 1987.

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57 comments
  1. NuclearCherries
    NuclearCherries
    October 19, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    I hope he has good luck in his future endeavors.
    He was a true game developer.

    Fuck Konami.

  2. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    October 19, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Is he now living in a cardboard box?

  3. Brimfyre
    Brimfyre
    October 19, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    I’m halfway through Chapter 2 in MGS V…. I don’t think I will continue. I was holding out hope that Kojima would make a Chapter 3 for the game. Looks like that won’t happen.

    MGS RIP.

  4. Loli-Nox-Tan
    Loli-Nox-Tan
    October 19, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    Aye Sir

  5. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    October 19, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    From the New Yorker article:

    ‘Although Western fans may mourn the loss, McCarthy doesn’t share their despondency. “Honestly, I am not so sure that any threat to yet another shouting, shooting game full of American grunts saving democracy from the wiles of dark-skinned terrorists is any great loss to the art,” he said.’

    What game is he talking about? It certainly doesn’t sound like MGSV, or any Metal Gear for that matter.

  6. Breezer
    Breezer
    October 19, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    Actually playing games is a product of the patriarchy you cis het shitlord!

  7. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    October 19, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Sorry, I’ll check my functioning brain privilege.

  8. Evropi
    Evropi
    October 19, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    I think it’s poorly worded and misunderstood by the article’s author as a result. He was saying that Kojima’s works are a ‘threat’ to that jingoistic style of game.

    Particularly pointing this out since I’m pretty sure the same McCarthy was in the ‘Metal Gear Solid Legacy’ mini-documentary for MGSV, and he was showering MGS and Kojima with praise.

    So I think The New Yorker interpreted his statement wrong, but to be fair, McCarthy totally butchered that sentence in the first place.

  9. Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    October 19, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Didn’t we learn this months ago?

  10. HDG
    HDG
    October 19, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Don’t be retarded. Beat the best game ever made
    All you really have to do is build Mother Base to 3/4 and find that door on the medical platform…
    (and listen to yellow marked cassettes)

  11. Evropi
    Evropi
    October 19, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    No, he was moved to contractor status as opposed to full-time employee, along with the rest of Kojima Productions. This is the first time it has been confirmed that Kojima is no longer with Konami. I hope he keeps making games and doesn’t become a filmmaker or something, haha.

  12. Yabloko Molloco San
    Yabloko Molloco San
    October 19, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    HE IS FREE.

  13. Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    October 19, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    I kinda hope he starts his own studio. We need more Kojima.

  14. dasdasdw3333
    dasdasdw3333
    October 19, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Give me my fucking ending!

  15. OverlordZetta
    OverlordZetta
    October 19, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    It’s an end of an era, as they say. January should be interesting.

  16. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    October 19, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Now people have to wait for him to make a kickstarter for a game titled Steel Cog. :)

  17. sanic
    sanic
    October 19, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    It’s possible he’ll just enter a different industry all together maybe he’ll final move into full on movies.

  18. Misogynerd
    Misogynerd
    October 19, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Wonder if he’ll go to Nintendo or Sony since he’s close to both. Maybe he’ll just make his own new Kojima Productions, without borders.

  19. Misogynerd
    Misogynerd
    October 19, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    I just think he really likes movies, but is better at creating video games.

  20. DariusQ
    DariusQ
    October 19, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    If anything positive comes out of this I hope its a wake up call for AAA to keep their budgets under control. We don’t need another movie industry.

  21. Misogynerd
    Misogynerd
    October 19, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    At least super expensive movies are complete products, and are long enough without much padding. Plus they also don’t have bugs, glitches, unnecessary multiplayer, are incomplete and have micro-transactions.
    Still video games are becoming too bloated, have you seen the credits of your typical Ubisoft game, with that many people you could’ve had 3/4 more modest games.

  22. Misogynerd
    Misogynerd
    October 19, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    You forgot capitalist neoliberal hegemony to sound like a true left wing conspiracy theorist.

  23. Reon
    Reon
    October 19, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    You know the exciting part of this is that now he can join any studio.
    He works well with gaijins so even that won’t be an issue.
    There’s the 3 console manufacturer, or maybe a random choice like Valve, or somewhere closer to home like square or platinum.

    Really, the world is one of possibilities for him now.

    Please just don’t go to EA, activision or ubisoft.

  24. John Doe
    John Doe
    October 19, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Kojima-san doesn’t have to make Metal Gear anymore.

  25. Siveon
    Siveon
    October 19, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    This is only a good thing, if he continues to make games. That way we can skip paying the evil Konami and start really paying Kojima himself.

  26. Stilzkin
    Stilzkin
    October 19, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    He’ll be alright

  27. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    October 19, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Hopefully he starts a Platinum Games-esque studio with the other KojiPro guys, or he could just join Platinum (and make a ZOE spiritual sequel).

  28. Nagato
    Nagato
    October 19, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Unpopular opinion, I’m sure, but I’m glad to finally see his brand of “writing” removed from the series; makes me that much more confident that Rising 2 – if we ever do get it – will at least have a coherent story for once.

  29. sanic
    sanic
    October 19, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Yeah but I sorta wonder if he’d collab with Guillermo del Toro and make something like a silent hill film that didn’t suck.

  30. Jack
    Jack
    October 19, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Peace day never came

  31. Steven T.
    Steven T.
    October 19, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    And there he goes, riding off into the sunset.

  32. Thanatos2k
    Thanatos2k
    October 19, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    But we already knew that.

  33. InfectedAI
    InfectedAI
    October 19, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    Those endeavors may be sooner than we all thought. His non-compete expires in December. That’s an incredibly short time period.

  34. Satori Mask
    Satori Mask
    October 19, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    This is good, isn’t it?

  35. InfectedAI
    InfectedAI
    October 19, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    I hope so. I’d like to see him go fully multiplatform and independent. Having his games across all consoles and PC will allow everyone to enjoy his work and generate enough funds to make games on the scale he’s known for.

  36. InfectedAI
    InfectedAI
    October 19, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    I thought the Silent Hill movie was decent. A hell of a lot better than most video game adaptations. Similar story wise and thematically and a good movie on its own.

  37. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    October 19, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    Knowing Konami the “departure ceremony” involved CEO’s just beating up random interns dressed like him fight club-style and getting high as a kite on various hard drugs.

  38. InfectedAI
    InfectedAI
    October 19, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    A Platinum made mecha game in space with flying mechs shooting and blasting each other apart with Kojima’s storytelling, writing, and directing. It took a minute for me to really think about it, but I really want it now.

  39. makubexnas
    makubexnas
    October 19, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Beaking News!!! after the departure of hideo kojima, konami tease a screenshot for upcoming Metal Gear Solid VI: The Solid Wang.

  40. InfectedAI
    InfectedAI
    October 19, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    About geo politics and war in space on a planet filled with covert artificial lifeforms just as militaries start mass producing mechs.

  41. InfectedAI
    InfectedAI
    October 19, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    His writing IS the series. Wouldn’t be where it’s at without it. Hard to be a fan of the series if you don’t like it. Rising is a spinoff by Platinum. If you like the game but not the writing you’re more of a Platinum fan than a Metal Gear fan. Might as well just play more Platinum games.

  42. Nagato
    Nagato
    October 19, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    It isn’t to me, though. He created a pretty great setting, similarly to how George Lucas once did, but eventually lost touch with it and has been writing nonsensical bs ever since. Rising, in that sense, would be the Kotor equivalent that takes everything good about the setting and places it in a time period where it isn’t held back by whatever else the original creator made.

    And I was okay with Rising as a whole – rushed last parts aside – precisely because Kojima’s involvement was much less significant, while it still managed to hit most of the notes that made the original MGS so notable; it was a relatively standalone story about soldiers trying to find their place in a world that may not need them anymore, with some lovable sci-fi improvements over our own world added on top. Something that manages to be both romantic (not the romance kind), awesome and melodramatic when need be.

    MGS1 was that + a standard Die Hard scenario + a pinch of military thriller; it kept things simple and was so much better for it, especially compared to Kojima’s later titles. MGS2’s greatest virtue, for example, would be that it’s largely an intentional retread of its predecessor.

    Beyond that, we had bad stories that were encouraged by fanboys because of their supposedly being deep as they didn’t make a whole lot of sense (because they can’t possibly just be bad, right?), horrible pacing all around, and overexposition where none as needed… as well as lacking exposition where it actually was needed, which becomes evident when you look at how the “overarching story” mostly takes place outside of the actual games themselves.

  43. Satori Mask
    Satori Mask
    October 19, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Well since he doesn’t have Kojima Productions anymore… maybe Nojima Productions?

  44. sanic
    sanic
    October 19, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    If you compare it to other video game adaptations sure, but did you see the 2nd one?

  45. tccboss
    tccboss
    October 20, 2015 at 12:09 am

    If he still does video games, for one I hope he’s a writer and two I hope he makes something he likes.

  46. DrWawee
    DrWawee
    October 20, 2015 at 12:29 am

    I’d love to see him work with Shinji Mikami, or Join Platnium games.

  47. AndyLC
    AndyLC
    October 20, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Jesus Christ, MGSV is a game where I infiltrate fucking Guantanamo bay, kill US marines, and fly to Afghanistan to help Al Queda.

    This McCarthy fellow doesn’t know shit about Metal Gear :l

  48. AndyLC
    AndyLC
    October 20, 2015 at 7:42 am

    where can I find the full quote?

  49. fnd
    fnd
    October 20, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Revengeance plot was a mediocre rip-off off Metal Gear Solid 2: SoL
    Some good parts here and there(last boss fight)

  50. Crizzyeyes
    Crizzyeyes
    October 20, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Did he seriously hear the game was set in Afghanistan and go from there? Wow. This is like calling Spec Ops The Line “just another AAA shooter.” It just misses everything the game’s saying. I mean, shit, the protagonist of the game is a traitor to the US, and he spends a good deal of his spotlight in other games trying to figure out if his mentor was too. Amazing how people just whitewash good things out of their life.

  51. Evil_Jesus
    Evil_Jesus
    October 20, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    I was quite happy paying nearly full price for a used copy of Phantom Pain to spite this horrid shell of a former company. May the lost revenue to the used market be the Phantom pain that lingers, Konami. Enjoy your mobile irrelevance.

  52. Evil_Jesus
    Evil_Jesus
    October 20, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    So, ideas for Konami:
    Endless Contra runner. Input the Konami code to have your credit card charged 25 bucks for 30 lives.
    Original Castlevania. Buy hearts for sub weapons. Dollar a heart. Four dollars a big heart. Savings! Package deal: Boomerang sub weapon and triple multiplier five dollars.
    MGR: DDRevengeance.

  53. Foxfires Conquerre Tenebrae
    Foxfires Conquerre Tenebrae
    October 20, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Huh.

  54. Carl_Ed
    Carl_Ed
    October 20, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    I wish he’d take Sunset Riders with him.

  55. InfectedAI
    InfectedAI
    October 20, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    I’m talking about the first one. The second one was made by different people and is pretty crap.