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Final Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Box Art Drops Hideo Kojima/Productions’ Name

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It seems like the writing truly is on the wall, in the case of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and the fate of both Hideo Kojima and Kojima Productions.

The final box art for the game was revealed by publisher Konami, and it’s missing something kind of important. You can compare the final to the original (left to right, respectively), below:

Hideo Kojima and the Kojima Productions’ logo has been removed from the box, the same as their removal from Konami’s various official websites.

This is the latest in a string of troubling signs leading towards the eventual departure of Hideo Kojima and his team, with our previous report claiming that Kojima Productions has already disbanded.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is launching worldwide on September 1st, across Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

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38 comments
  1. Wonderkarp
    Wonderkarp
    July 14, 2015 at 8:11 am

    I toyed with the idea of getting this game. Now I dont want it. This is the nail in the coffin

  2. Death Saved
    Death Saved
    July 14, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Because his name isn’t on the cover?

  3. Death Saved
    Death Saved
    July 14, 2015 at 8:21 am

    I’m starting to wonder if Revengance’s success had a part in Kojima’s removal.

  4. Chris
    Chris
    July 14, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Go fuck yourself Konami. Sumple as that.

  5. Chris
    Chris
    July 14, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Well Revengence was less Kojima and more Platinum Games. If anything, I heard it sold quite well.

  6. Siveon
    Siveon
    July 14, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Because Konami is refusing to give credit to the team that actually made it. It’s like buying a painting with the artist’s signature crossed out. It’s not only dishonest, but immoral, immature, and frankly, I find it disgusting.

    EDIT: I hope at the very least they kept the credits.

  7. BeholdMyPower
    BeholdMyPower
    July 14, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Obviously won’t happen, but it would be great to see the community protest this by boycotting the game.

  8. JackDandy
    JackDandy
    July 14, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Moving an artist’s name from his magnum opus… The dickest of moves. Bastards.

  9. UntamedLoli
    UntamedLoli
    July 14, 2015 at 9:17 am

    He must have really rustled them good if they’re trying to remove any existence he had with the project. Especially so when they are doing it for prior works as well.

  10. Tyrannikos
    Tyrannikos
    July 14, 2015 at 9:25 am

    I honestly don’t think I’m going to be buying this. Fucking Konami doesn’t deserve my money. Maybe I’ll wait to buy it used down the line, then just send Kojima $60 in the mail.

  11. Evropi
    Evropi
    July 14, 2015 at 9:30 am

    I think Death Saved meant it more in the sense that Revengeance was indeed a good game. But it was made by Platinum after being stuck in development hell at Kojima Productions, which is the important point.

    From what previews have told us, Rising was not very good before it was handed over to Platinum, who IMO are the masters of action games. In fact, I’ve heard (via the Crate & Crowbar podcast) the first level of the game is a good approximation of what the original version of Rising was like, but for the whole game.

  12. MaidKillua
    MaidKillua
    July 14, 2015 at 9:34 am

    For anyone planning to boycott, buy it used. No cash to Konami but you still get to play it (im sure Kojima wants us to play it)

  13. landlock
    landlock
    July 14, 2015 at 9:57 am

    This whole thing seems so petty and pathetic.

  14. Wonderkarp
    Wonderkarp
    July 14, 2015 at 9:59 am

    its the principal of the matter. If somebody works hard on something, their name should be present. Its like the Marvel movies featuring Jack Kirbys creation and they didnt include his name. Irks me greatly. This and Konamis recent Boners keeps me from giving them money

  15. Fall
    Fall
    July 14, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Yeah I’m not buying this now.

    Fuck em.

    Preowned copy a year or so down the line is where it’s at.

  16. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    July 14, 2015 at 10:42 am

    I’m not some kind of major MGS or Kojima fan but I have been playing through the MGS series a bit lately. They’re good stuff. Kojima deserves the respect he’s had for years and years.

    If Konami doesn’t want to respect him then I don’t want to give them any money.

  17. AlexanderSquall
    AlexanderSquall
    July 14, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Enjoy the last $60 you are going to get from me Konami.

  18. Ippiki Okami
    Ippiki Okami
    July 14, 2015 at 11:33 am

    I hope Kojima starts his own studio or at least join a good developer such as Platinum Games, Miyazaki’s From Software team, or first party Nintendo or Sony. He and the rest of Kojima Productions are way too talented.

  19. Kiryu
    Kiryu
    July 14, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Absolutely disrespectfull to Kojima productions.Go fuck yourselves Konami,you’re not gona see any of my money,i’m buying this used.

  20. Kiryu
    Kiryu
    July 14, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Konami is behaving really childish.

  21. John Sabin
    John Sabin
    July 14, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    I wouldn’t go so far as to boycot this game. Rather, boycot the next one. That will almost certainly send a much clearer message to Konami that they’ve made a mistake. It will be much harder for Konami to explain away the significant drop in sales to investors. Boycoting this game allows them to justify the removal of Koji Pro as preemptive damage control while simultaneously promising that the next game will have a much lower development cost. You’d be doing them a huge favor.

  22. PenguinPlayer
    PenguinPlayer
    July 14, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    This state of affairs gets sadder with each day. Why so petty, Konami? You already fired the guy, erased his name from posters and the website, and dissolved Kojima Productions. Could at least keep his name on the cover.

  23. Juhata
    Juhata
    July 14, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    I really want to play this game, but I really don’t want to give Konami any money given how disrespectful they’re being towards Kojima and his team. Shit like that doesn’t deserve my support.

  24. Death Saved
    Death Saved
    July 14, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Exactly it gave them confidence in the franchise being profitable without Kojima.

  25. Death Saved
    Death Saved
    July 14, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    They are still going to be in the credits, also i doubt anyone doesn’t know that this is Kojima’s game nothing they will ever do will change that fact.

    As for it being immoral and dishonest i disagree, but definitely immature.

  26. King of Bros
    King of Bros
    July 14, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Kojima would want you to play the game his team made, though.

  27. Taiga Gao
    Taiga Gao
    July 14, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Wish there was a way to get the game and give the money directly to Kojima, because I really want it, but I don’t want to give Konami a single fucking cent after all the shit they’ve been doing.

  28. Tubsiwub
    Tubsiwub
    July 14, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Won’t be buying it. I mean, Kojima is the reason the thing exists… you can’t just not credit him for his work.

  29. Tubsiwub
    Tubsiwub
    July 14, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    People will, just not brand new.

  30. Suraimu
    Suraimu
    July 14, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Day one pirate

  31. NuclearCherries
    NuclearCherries
    July 14, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    This is absolutely disgusting. This is a dick move of massive proportions.

    I’m glad this is the last MGS. Even if they make more after this I won’t buy them, since Kojipro won’t be involved.
    And trust me. Konami will make more.

  32. Vizi István
    Vizi István
    July 14, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    It’s a pretty childish move on Konami’s part, and even more so in the context that they erased KojiPro’s (and Kojima’s name’s) trace from the box art of their last game, but will it affect my plan of day 1 purchase? Not at all, I’ll still get the game right on the first day. Partly because it’s too much of a hassle to play hide-and-seek with Konami when they get money after the game either way, and partly because… it’s TPP. Not much of a reasoning I know, but it’s been a long while since I’ve been looking forward to a game in a while, and -meaning this without any trace of offense- no martyr card is going to prevent me from getting the game. Yeah, Konami gets money after my purchase, but I want to keep KojiPro’s work in respect enough to reward them with my day 1 purchase and trust, regardless of what shitty things Konami is doing lately. Call it being a sell-out, call it being spineless, but as I said, playing hide-and-seek under the name of boycott is pretty much pointless from where I sit, and I won’t going to delay a possibly good experience because of it. Obviously I’m not going to blame anyone who goes with the boycott option, I just dropped my two cents into the topic.

  33. Random Dude
    Random Dude
    July 14, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    INB4 Konami claiming the make MGSV by themself.

  34. Dammage
    Dammage
    July 14, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    wait until it’s used even. I’d rather the money go to some random dude on amazon than Konami

  35. rBeowulf
    rBeowulf
    July 15, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Fuck you, Konami. I’m keeping my money. Pirating it day 1.

  36. AlexanderSquall
    AlexanderSquall
    July 15, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Actually, that’s not a bad idea man, i’ll think about it, Konami can go fuck themselves for all i care.

  37. Fall
    Fall
    July 16, 2015 at 3:01 am

    Exactly this.

  38. Fall
    Fall
    July 16, 2015 at 3:02 am

    I will, again preowned. but Konami won’t see a damn cent from me.