Hideo Kojima has officially left Konami

Hideo Kojima has officially left Konami

Hideo Kojima has officially left Konami

Hideo Kojima has officially left Konami

 

Hideo Kojima has officially left Konami as of December 15th according to nikkei, a Japanese publication. Currently Hideo Kojima is said to be creating his own Studio and is in talks with Sony Entertainment. 

When it was originally reported that Kojima was leaving Konami he reportedly had a non-compete clause in his contract which expired in December, preventing the developer from moving to a different studio or create his own. Now that this agreement has expired Hideo Kojima is now free to create his won studio and work on future titles outside of Konami. 

 

Hideo Kojima has officially left Konami  

As many of you may remember Hideo Kojima, the director/designer of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was barred from attending the video game awards two weeks ago by Konami, resulting in an award fro the game being given to Kiefer Sutherland on his behalf.  

When the news regarding Hideo Kojima's absence was delivered by host Geoff Keighley, the audience boo'd in protest of Konami's action. 

 

As you noticed, Hideo Kojima is not here with us tonight and I want to tell you a little about that. Mr. Kojima had every intention of being with us tonight, but unfortunately he was informed by a lawyer representing Konami just recently that he would not be allowed to travel to tonight’s awards ceremony to accept any awards. [crowd boos] He’s still under an employment contract. And it’s disappointing and it’s inconceivable to me that an artist like Hideo would not be allowed to come here and celebrate with his peers and his fellow teammates.

 

It is truly fantastic to no see this industry powerhouse finally outside of the clutches of Konami and able to explore his options and create games which are complete and much more gamer focused rather than profit focused. 

All rumors today suggest that Konami will never truly enter the mainstream video game scene again, at least not with anything that can be defined as interesting, having lost most of it's talent and having milked many of it's major franchises to the ground.

 

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15-12-2015, 15:34:19

AverageNinja
It's the best thing to do in his position imo. Konami didn't even allow him to attend the Game Awards this year to accept the prizes MGS V won, as stated in the article. Must've been hard though, leaving behind the Metal Gear-franchise. All the respect for him!Quote

15-12-2015, 15:45:03

WYP
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Originally Posted by AverageNinja View Post
It's the best thing to do in his position imo. Konami didn't even allow him to attend the Game Awards this year to accept the prizes MGS V won, as stated in the article. Must've been hard though, leaving behind the Metal Gear-franchise. All the respect for him!
He has been unofficially out of Konami for ages, but it is great to see it become official.

They basically let him go and held him in with a contract so that they could sell as many copies of MGSV as they could. The poor guy didn't even get to finish the game properly, the second half of the game is a mess.

It will be god to see what he can do on his own. I'd like to see a new story from him, MGS got a bit insane after a while.Quote

15-12-2015, 15:52:11

TalllPaul
Silent hills silent hillsQuote

15-12-2015, 16:01:32

AverageNinja
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Originally Posted by WYP View Post
He has been unofficially out of Konami for ages, but it is great to see it become official.

They basically let him go and held him in with a contract so that they could sell as many copies of MGSV as they could. The poor guy didn't even get to finish the game properly, the second half of the game is a mess.

It will be god to see what he can do on his own. I'd like to see a new story from him, MGS got a bit insane after a while.
I see! I knew what Konami was doing was bad, but I never expected they would let him go but keep him from doing his own thing. It really does shock me how much Konami has changed - and not in a good way.

That being said, I really hope Kojima will work on a P.T. / Silent Hills type of game. It probably won't happen, but, I mean, he is talking with Sony, and P.T. was a PlayStation-exclusive. Oh well, I guess only time will tell!Quote

15-12-2015, 16:25:50

Kilbane
This is the best news i have heard in ages!Quote
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