Konami: Hideo Kojima Hasn’t Left the Company, is Taking a “Vacation”


Yesterday we reported on how Metal Gear series creator Hideo Kojima had officially left Konami and would be eligible to work for another one this December.

Apparently, Konami are denying this, if a report from Tokyo Sports is anything to go by.

According to a Konami spokesperson said that “Currently, Kojima is a listed as a company employee [at Konami].” Konami went on to say that “Kojima and the development team are finished developing Metal Gear Solid V and are taking a long time off from work.”

This comes as a surprise, seeing as many of the employees held a farewell party for the Metal Gear creator on October 9th, the day he reportedly left the company. When asked what that actually was, they denied knowing “what that thing was.”

This only adds more confusion to an already confusing affair, and only increases everyone’s uncertainty of Kojima’s future.

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  1. Annie T. Mood
    Annie T. Mood
    October 20, 2015 at 10:22 am

    I’m confused.

  2. Stilzkin
    October 20, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Nice try Konami

  3. Mr0303
    October 20, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Is it a permanent one? Have Konami hired a kill squad?

  4. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    October 20, 2015 at 10:35 am

    They are desperate.

  5. landlock
    October 20, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Gardening Leave. Keeps him away from the company until his contract is up.

  6. Misogynerd
    October 20, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Nintendo: Gunepi Yokoi is taking a long vacation.
    EA: Redwood, Origin, Maxis, Pandemic, Bullfrog and other studios are taking a long vacation.

  7. Misogynerd
    October 20, 2015 at 10:45 am

    They’re going to kidnap Kojima and refit him into the first human pachinko machine.

  8. Mr0303
    October 20, 2015 at 10:53 am


  9. Nagato
    October 20, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Worse; a weapon to surpass Metal Gear.

  10. 21603
    October 20, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Desperate for what? To save what little face they have left? Doesn’t make sense to “pretend” he still works for you and will continue to shit out MGS titles until he’s dead.

    And if they’re not pretending I feel really bad for the guy.

  11. Misogynerd
    October 20, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Metal Gear PACH, the first intercontinental mobile pachinko machine, capable at setting a pachinko parlor in any place on earth.

  12. Neojames82
    October 20, 2015 at 11:16 am


  13. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    October 20, 2015 at 11:32 am

    “taking a long time off from work” Come on Konami you can do better than that.

  14. Steven T.
    Steven T.
    October 20, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    >Kojima’s taking a long vacation.

    So is Pope Benedict.

  15. No_Good_Names_Ever
    October 20, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    A vacation with some fava beans and a nice chianti.

  16. No_Good_Names_Ever
    October 20, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Dice will soon be going on vacation too.
    EA is gonna need to restock the fridge soon.

  17. tetrisdork
    October 20, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Did Konami hire this guy?

  18. Misogynerd
    October 20, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    CD Projeckt Red will become EA Poland
    Ubisoft will become EA France
    Activision will become EA USA
    Platinum Games will become EA Sports Japan
    Nintendo will become EA Japan
    DICE will become EA Ballena
    Zynga will become EA Mobile

  19. Chosen Unbread
    Chosen Unbread
    October 20, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    I want to believe that this is all some elaborate MGS-meta related ruse, but I know it’s not true.

  20. Reon
    October 20, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    This is hilarious Konami is treating everyone like we’re little kids.

    “Guys Kojima isn’t fired, he just moved away to a nice farm where he’ll live with other developers and have fun there!”

    “No kids, you cannot go visit Kojima there, but rest assured, he is totally alive and not fired, in that farm”

  21. Offendatron_5000
    October 20, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Everything is fine. There are no pachinko machines here, only console games.

  22. Offendatron_5000
    October 20, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Given the communications from this company, if I had any ownership interest in this company, I’d sell it while its still worth whatever its printed on. This stuff is grade A garbage.

  23. Muten
    October 20, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    If people are paying alot of attention and worrying about the future of a single development studio, doesn t that send a message to the company that people really care…

  24. Feniks
    October 20, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Maffia: Jimmy Hoffa is in Acapulco.

  25. Keinart
    October 20, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    So on the paper he still figures as an employee due to damage control for the christmas sales for MGSV, but in reality he’s as good as gone and once december is over all the shit will come up.

  26. flashn00b
    October 20, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Activision: High Moon Studios and Raven Software are on vacation.

  27. Alcatraz
    October 20, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Don’t forget Bizarre Creations

  28. flashn00b
    October 20, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    That was before a time when Activision thought that EA’s too merciful.

  29. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    October 20, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    This blatant lying is so insulting I can’t even think of how to word my anger right now.

  30. Carl_Ed
    October 20, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Before long all of these will become EA mobile. Enjoy your fremium future.

  31. Carl_Ed
    October 20, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Old Yeller?

  32. Nagato
    October 20, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Such a lust for vacation.

  33. rBeowulf
    October 20, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    Just like your old dog is happy living in that farm upstate…

  34. Jumanji Joe
    Jumanji Joe
    October 20, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    Konami: Hideo Kojima isn’t fired, we sent him to live on a farm!

  35. Misogynerd
    October 20, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Come on they also need more devs for a new sports game each 6 months

  36. vileBrenman
    October 20, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Honestly I wouldn’t be surprised if it is

  37. Crizzyeyes
    October 20, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    I think that the person who responded from Konami genuinely didn’t know. No, seriously. Big companies are terrible about this kind of shit. One idiot from HR didn’t correct the roster, and that’s all it takes.

  38. Offendatron_5000
    October 20, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    I might believe that for general pencil pusher #57. When you’re dealing with the big dogs in any firm, the rumor mill has circulated the news twice before its even reached the outside world, let alone in a situation like this where its well documented. Something isn’t right here.

  39. Didney Worl
    Didney Worl
    October 20, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    They sent him to Belize.

  40. No_Good_Names_Ever
    October 20, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    I don’t think any Japanese company is dumb enough to fall to EA.

  41. Phil F.
    Phil F.
    October 21, 2015 at 12:11 am

    I think the implications are more serious than just being fired, unless of course ‘fired’ means Kojima was burned alive.

  42. Misogynerd
    October 21, 2015 at 12:19 am

    Konami would definitely be dumb enough. Maybe Capcom. All the other ones are too niche or actually make enough money to not be absorbed into EA.

  43. morzinbo
    October 21, 2015 at 3:20 am

    He took a nice vacation to Belize.

  44. No_Good_Names_Ever
    October 21, 2015 at 3:27 am

    Capcom did open itself up to the potential if I remember correctly but Konami, Konami would sooner kill itself after putting a bullet into all its employees heads.

  45. Sakurai
    October 21, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Clearly damage control to keep the shareholders in the dark. Unfortunately the veil is so paper thin nobody is buying it.

    The Japanese industry has to be looking at Konami and scratching their heads. There’s no advantage to getting rid of Kojima, and now they have a chance at getting Kojima, whom is a 30 year industry veteran developer/director, and not just any 30 year veteran, but one whom has been praised by his peers as the best in the industry.

  46. OverlordZetta
    October 21, 2015 at 10:25 am

    It’s a thing these companies do.

    Look at how SE goes as far as to region lock trailers, as if that will make games not exist to the foreign audience they’re denying – or Nintendo’s reaction to YouTube going all the way back to Brawl.

    It’s like they’re out of touch in a way. This stuff might’ve worked in their day, at least to some effect.

  47. OverlordZetta
    October 21, 2015 at 10:26 am

    It’s a funny joke now, but don’t forget how people seriously thought there was foul play over Imageepoch’s president.

  48. OverlordZetta
    October 21, 2015 at 10:28 am

    I was hoping that after Silent Hills, but at this point it looks more like Konami just wants easy money.

  49. Misogynerd
    October 21, 2015 at 10:35 am

    I only knew they went out of business. I didn’t know their CEO went missing or whatever happened there.

  50. Thanatos2k
    October 21, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Thanks for clarifying Konami. Now we know he is fired since everything you say is a lie.

  51. DrWawee
    October 22, 2015 at 2:16 am

    Konami put out a hit on Kojima?

  52. DrWawee
    October 22, 2015 at 2:17 am

    the same Yakuza hit squad that whacked Gunpei

  53. Zombie_Barioth
    October 22, 2015 at 2:55 am

    Shareholders most like, not to mention “fuck Konami” is now a meme, that can’t be good for their image.

    Seems to me they’re backpeddling like mad. First he and the other senior execs at Kojima Productions were made “independent contractors” held on a really tight leash. Then we get a report on his leavng and going away party at his studio. Now its “he’s taking time off”. Those are some pretty wild deviations.

  54. Misogynerd
    October 22, 2015 at 3:35 am

    He’s either gonna get the cement shoes or he’s gonna turn into a pachinko machine.

  55. DrWawee
    October 22, 2015 at 6:01 am

    He’s gonna get Gunpei’d that’s when two execs take you for a ride and then set you up to get run over.