Last week, word broke and evidence mounted that pointed towards Hideo Kojima’s impending departure from Konami and Kojima Productions. The legendary developer, according to rumors, has a contract that will expire in December of this year after Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is released.
Konami instantly found itself under the microscope as moves like announcing more content in the Metal Gear series and removing Kojima’s name from Metal Gear Solid V‘s boxart became known. Now? The company has released a brief statement that all but confirms the truth in these rumors.
They start by saying that Metal Gear Solid V is on track to release for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC platforms on September 1st and 2nd worldwide. Then they include a statement form Kojima himself.
“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!”
Notice he doesn’t indicate this is his last? That was probably done on purpose. However, Konami’s next bit tells me this is it for their relationship with Kojima.
In addition, KONAMI will continue to develop and distribute top-quality content in the METAL GEAR series following “MGSV: TPP.” We greatly anticipate and deeply appreciate your ongoing support for METAL GEAR.
As the next step in the series, KONAMI has already resolved to develop new “METAL GEAR”.
Right. Like I said, this is all but absolute confirmation that Kojima and Konami are done. Kojima promises he’ll finish this game, then Konami says it has plans for more Metal Gear without making mention of the famous Director.
We’ll have more on whatever is next for both Konami and Hideo Kojima, whether those projects are separate or the same.