Time for some much needed fuel on this whole Hideo Kojima, Metal Gear Solid, Konami situation. Snake’s Japanese voice actor, Akio Otsuka, claimed over the weekend that Kojima Productions, the fabled studio behind the Metal Gear Solid franchise, has indeed been disbanded.
He broke the news through his Twitter account, obviously not in any rush to save the burning bridge between him and Konami.
コジプロは解散させられてしまったが、チームの奮闘により作品はどうやらほぼ完成となった。掛け値なしに最高の傑作となった筈！早く「待たせたな」と言いたくて仕方ない(笑)これが最期になったとしとも…MGS は 不滅 です！ コジプ… http://t.co/9zeTNDpNxp
— 大塚 明夫 (@AkioOtsuka) July 10, 2015
“Kojima Productions was forced to disband, but it appears that the work that the team has been putting their utmost effort into is nearly complete. But even if this is the end, Metal Gear Solid is immortal!”
If you’re a video gamer who’s been living under a rock, widespread speculation has been pointing towards a falling out between Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami for several months now. First, Kojima’s name was removed from the cover of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, which was explained by Konami to be the result of a department reshuffle. Not many in the gaming community bought the explanation.
Further stories fed into this tale with voice actress Donna Burke claiming that Kojima had been fired. Hollywood director Guillermo del Toro chimed in, confirming that Silent Hills, his collaboration with Kojima Productions, was in fact cancelled. Konami only further inflamed the situation with its scorched Earth policy of P.T., effectively trying to erase the popular demo from history.
Whatever the case, my guess is we will know more after the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. You can pick it up for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on Sept. 1. The PC version will be released on Sept. 14. Enjoy purchasing it, though! That might be the last Konami game you snag up for quite some time.