Come Work for Us, Lords of the Fallen Dev Tells Kojima

"Please get in touch."

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With Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima expected to leave Konami after development on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain wraps up, one developer has now come forward to ask him if he'd like to join their company. That outfit is Deck 13 Interactive, the studio behind Lords of the Fallen.

Of course, Deck 13's tweet is likely something of a joke. Or is it?

Given Kojima's development pedigree, you'd have to bet that--if he does in fact leave Konami--many studios will come knocking with job offers. That's what happened when Cliff Bleszinski left Epic Games, after all.

An inside source at Konami told GameSpot last week that Kojima--along with other key developers at Kojima Productions--are planning to leave the studio after development on The Phantom Pain is concluded. Power struggles between Kojima Productions and Konami have led to senior staff at the studio given restricted access to corporate Internet, emails, and phone calls, GameSpot understands.

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In a bid to quell concerns that unrest at Kojima Productions would affect The Phantom Pain, Konami issued a statement with a quote from Kojima himself.

"I want to reassure fans that I am 100 percent involved and will continue working on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain," he said in the statement last week. "I'm determined to make it the greatest game I've directed to date. Don't miss it!"

Konami has also launched a public hiring campaign, seeking new blood to make more Metal Gear games.

In the wake of the fallout, Konami has indefinitely suspended the popular fan broadcast Kojima Station.

The Phantom Pain worldwide release date is September 1 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The PC edition is coming two weeks later. For a closer look at the game, check out the images in the gallery below.

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