'Metallic Gear' creator Hideo Kojima leaves Konami after 29 years

'Metal Gear' creator Hideo Kojima leaves Konami after 29 years

Hideo Kojima, creator of the wildly profitable Metallic Gear franchise, has formally left Konami, the studio that outlined his profession — although it might be argued that, over 29 years, Kojima as an alternative outlined Konami. Affirmation of his departure comes by way of The New Yorker, which notes that Kojima’s ultimate day was October ninth. Kojima’s resignation additionally signifies that he is not with Kojima Productions, the Konami-owned studio that he began in 2005. It has been lengthy-rumored that Kojima would go away Konami after the launch of Metallic Gear Strong V: The Phantom Ache. Earlier this yr, Konami canceled Silent Hills, a hotly anticipated challenge from Kojima and horror director Guillermo del Toro, and in July, Kojima’s identify quietly disappeared from the Metallic Gear Strong V field artwork. We have reached out to Konami for touch upon at present’s report.

There is no phrase on Kojima’s subsequent transfer, although he’ll doubtless keep quiet throughout a non-compete interval. Konami is mixing up its enterprise mannequin for the close to future, vowing to give attention to cellular video games quite than costly (but probably extremely profitable) AAA tasks. In September, French website Gameblog reported that Konami was shutting down manufacturing on all AAA franchises except for Metallic Gear On-line and Professional Evolution Soccer 2016. Although Konami did not reply to our request for clarification, the studio informed Nintendo Life that it will proceed to develop console franchises, together with Metallic Gear, Silent Hill and Castlevania — with out Kojima, apparently.

[Image: Georges Seguin]

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