Nobody likes the situation between Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami. Not the fans, not the executives, not Kojima or Konami, and not the press. Well, maybe the press likes it for easy stories, but not on a personal level.
Throw EA COO Peter Moore onto the pile of people living in mourning over the apparent break-up of the two gaming superpowers. In an interview with GameSpot, Moore opens up his feelings on the two, puts the blame on both shoulders, and says they should just “kiss and make up.”
“I’ve always liked Kojima-san. I got on with him during my days at Microsoft. I just think… what’s going on there… I just think both of them should kiss and make up.”
Moore further explains his feelings based on his experiences with Kojima, Konami, and working in Japan in general. He doesn’t hold back, saying Kojima’s tendency to ignore budgets put them in this place, but he truly believes not all hope is lost.
“From my experience, and I’ve spent a lot of time working in Japan, I think that Konami and Kojima will figure it out. Those kinds of business relationships [in Japan] are typically for life, and Kojima is such an important part in what has gone on there. Clearly, they’re at a rocky stage in their marriage. But you could take what is said about [Kojima Productions], about a game not adhering to budgets, about a game not being ready, and you could apply that to a lot of people…they’ll kiss and make up. They’ll be fine.”
I don’t often agree with what Moore says, and I sadly don’t here. I see little room for improvement between the two, especially now that Kojima Productions has been given a generic name and ultimately been disbanded. Konami has given no hints that it plans to follow the console video game scene anymore, and that’s just where Kojima wants to be.
This break-up is final, and no kiss, no matter how skilled Kojima is with his tongue, can fix it.
And it’s for the best, really. Konami gets to make money, albeit smothering the video game franchises we love, and Kojima will no longer be forced to work within the confines of a corporate entity.
We might actually get to see him finally unchained if he hits the indie scene.