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  • Hideo Kojima Has Officially Left Konami

    According to The New Yorker, Hideo Kojima said his final good-byes to Konami on October 9. Anonymous sources said that the popular developer had a farewell party that day with Kojima Productions. Kojima has at least a few months of mandatory R&R as he is under a non-compete until December.

    This is the final note for Kojima's career with Konami after months of conflict. The first signs of trouble surfaced back in March of this year when it was rumored that Kojima was expected to leave Konami after Metal Gear Solid V was released. What we didn't know then, that we know now, is that this was seemingly part of Konami's new efforts to shift focus away from console and PC gaming towards mobile and pachinko machines.

    Shortly after this rumor surfaced, a new report came that said Konami was seeking new staff to continue development on the Metal Gear franchise. A month later, news came that Konami was going to pull P.T. from the PlayStation Network. P.T. being a small teaser for Silent Hills, a game that was in the works from Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro. It looked good. It had promise. It was what fans of the Silent Hill franchise needed.

    It will never, ever be made.

    Metal Gear was first released in 1987. In August 2015, Kojima released his last ever Metal Gear franchise trailer. In September, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was released. In its first day, The Phantom Pain grossed $180 million. Its budget was $80 million. On October 9, Konami said farewell to one of their last ties to what once made that company great.
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