Kojima promoted to Konami VP

Metal Gear creator's latest promotion sees him join executive ranks of Japanese publisher's Digital Entertainment division.

Konami has a number of wholly owned properties, but the only one to get its own category in the publisher's quarterly earnings reports is Metal Gear. Today, Konami announced that the creator of that series has been given a promotion.

Hideo Kojima

As part of a round of corporate appointments and promotions, Konami Digital Entertainment said it would be raising Hideo Kojima to the position of vice president, corporate officer, effective April 1. As it stands, Kojima's current title is "executive corporate officer director, Kojima Production," having been raised to that position in March 2009.

Having begun his career at Konami in 1986, Kojima's first success came in 1987 with the release of the original Metal Gear. The famed designer has created a number of other properties for Konami over the years, including Snatcher, Policenauts, and Zone of the Enders.

Most recently, Kojima has indicated that he is at work on a new adventure game. Konami is also staffing up for a new installment in the Metal Gear Solid franchise, possibly Metal Gear Solid 5.

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156 comments
DKant
DKant

The headline should have been " ! Kojima promoted to VP" Or atleast a '!' in the photo, come on.... :)

MuffintopX
MuffintopX

They should just promote Kojima to Emperor of Japan and get it over with. He is too awesome.

lexluis
lexluis

Oh let me guess: This will be his last MGS game... right?

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Congrats to Hideo Kojima. He's one of my fave Japanese developers.

X-RS
X-RS

eh....how much is a vp responsible for? 0.o never gonna get zoe3 if hes tied to everything...then again, he'd know whats good =D contra, gradius, snatcher, castlevania, zoe....

Rekunta
Rekunta

Does this mean we'll actually get a good, sensible story this time, that is well written and edited and is not insanely absurd, with no soldiers soiling their pants, girls cooking eggs, and no pretentious preaching throughout a "game" that we can "play" less than 50% of the time? I sure hope so.... Boy, am I going to get hammered for this one...

Sephiroth-X
Sephiroth-X

Konami is smart. And congrats to Kojima, if anyone deserves it he does.

Taix34
Taix34

Grats Kojima! you are legendary!

ash162
ash162

MGS 5!! I would really like to play 'The Boss'. After all she started it all. All in all this series can have as many twist and turns and it still would go on..

burstdragon
burstdragon

Congratulations and now please take advantage of your new post to make ZoE3 we could wait a little longer for a new MGS.

TheUnf0rgiven
TheUnf0rgiven

I think his new project that he keeps talking about (personal opinion) and says it has a certain 'kind of a taboo' would be to make a metal gear solid with the original Boss (In Snake Eater) which could also answer the question why did he team up with Shikura (possibly). Since the boss was a woman I dont think hes ever had a game with a woman as the main character in the post 8 to 16 bit era at such a grand scale.

akhorahill
akhorahill

@KhanBloodsucker - My thoughts exaclty. All villains will explain their pasts, motivations and desires in long, melodramatic cutscenes that will last no shorter than 45 minutes every hour. The most exciting boss fights will be movies that you get to watch - no interaction, not even quick time events. Everyone will always be sick, on the verge of death and or suffering from their past deeds in a way that would make an emo look just as tough as Chuck Norris. Can't wait for the next melodramatic, emo experience game direct by him.

4-Legged-Shark
4-Legged-Shark

This has got to be the cruelest April Fools joke I have ever seen... shame on you, Konami.... I hope Hideo has a good sense of humor about this- hopefullly he is in on the joke and knows he is not actually being promoted.

piercezoner
piercezoner

@Phil-teh-Pirate Sorry phil but Solid Snake is by far the least interesting and most boring character in the series. Big Boss is solid snake, but with purpose and an actual attachment to the fictional metal gear world. Metal Gear Solid will be remembered for its quirky villains, gameplay gimmicks, and its melodrama

CTR360
CTR360

KOJIMA=mastermind thanks for the MGS series

KhanBloodsucker
KhanBloodsucker

His first edict - all future Konami games must have at least 2 hours of cutscenes.

freddquadros
freddquadros

Congrats Master Hideo... Oh, my money, certainly, a NGP MGS is on the go...

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Congralulations Kojima, and thanks for making Metal Gear series.

hyksiu
hyksiu

Kojima is master of game making.

Tuco_Ramires
Tuco_Ramires

Congrats. Promote Johnny Sasaki as well.

AluminumAndroid
AluminumAndroid

I just hope Kojima doesn't turn out to be a holographic A.I. created by the Patriots and bent on world domination through the use of a gynormous metal gear....otherwise congrats "Big Boss"

protokyoto
protokyoto

Couldn't think of another designer more deserving of a promotion. Congrats to Kojima

lokesc
lokesc

Jez give us ZOE3 for a change.

lokesc
lokesc

This got to be another of those annual gamespot april fools...

Master_2K4
Master_2K4

Hmmm.... Hands-on Employees make excellent franchise for Company. You should: 1) Refuse to pay bonuses, and open dispute that ultimately leads to major senior staff defection, major law suit in hand, and the co-"sponsoring" of the defected staff by one of your competitors? 2) Have a policy that allows you to ultimately maintain such employees, which created some of the biggest and highly appreciated franchises in history, which are cash cows for the Company, and as such should feel appreciated? Nice call Konami... Activision/Bobby Kotick....Try again...

MoK86
MoK86

CONGRATS KOJIMA SAN! im still waiting for that sushi

Zero_resistance
Zero_resistance

Congratulations, Mr Kojima. Please can we have an Axelay sequel now?

corrus
corrus

Congratulations Kojima one from the best in that Business.

zidan4000
zidan4000

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wayanbros
wayanbros

Hes been promoted b4, but chose to step down to "make games in the trenches" now hes back up strangely. So no, he didnt have to wait that long for a promo.

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

Congratulations to Mr Kojima. But I still have issues with calling any Metal Gear game that doesn't feature Solid Snake "Metal Gear Solid". I know I know, the game was called Solid because of its transition to 3D but still...I think MGS I think Solid Snake and for a character that is remembered so fondly, I think its time to end the Solid days...Maybe rename it Metal Gear Something else...

LqdSnk
LqdSnk

It's sequel to Snatcher time!

rey2
rey2

Congrats to Hideo Kojima on the VP promotion. Looking forward to your next project at Konami be it Metal Gear or something else.

mztazmz
mztazmz

@WilliamRLBaker LOL, nice try, again. 5 million people bought MGS4 and probably less than 1% of them share your opinion. The rest of us enjoyed it for all the great things about it instead of trying to find something wrong with it, which by the way is what you do with every single PS3 game. 1 hour of gameplay? LOL, yeah OK.

KillerBill316
KillerBill316

If you make MGS5, do NOT make Raiden the lead. I don't care if Snake needs a nursemaid to help him sneak up a flight of stairs in a cardboard box, put him back up there!

hasancakir
hasancakir

a well deserved promotion, congratz...

DomMcShea
DomMcShea

it's good news but this means he will have less time to make games

singhellotaku
singhellotaku

awesome! just the man to bring back konami's eternal dominance, looking forward to it

D3thN1gh7
D3thN1gh7

This should have happened years ago. None the less though, congrats Kojima. :)

mrhagane
mrhagane

congratz mr kojima so... New MGS please ^^

WilliamRLBaker
WilliamRLBaker

Up next all Konami games will be movies with 1 hour of actual gameplay.

MichaelSoderlin
MichaelSoderlin

KOJIMA has leveled up! - His Stats have increased! Swagger + 3 Confidence + 5 (Already Maxed) Solid + 3 Naked + 1 Duck-posing + 4