Kojima: I am 100% Involved in MGS5 The Phantom Pain

Game designer speaks out following news of expected departure; Konami conducting interviews "for new main staff" on future Metal Gear game.

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Hideo Kojima has issued his first public statement since it was revealed that the famed game designer is set to leave Konami after nearly three decades of service.

GameSpot revealed on Thursday that power struggles between Kojima Productions and proprietor Konami have led to drastic changes at the studio. As well as being demoted from an executive position at Konami, Kojima is now essentially a contractor, with the terms of his employment expected to cease before 2016.

In a bid to quell concerns that unrest at Kojima Productions would affect Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Konami has issued a statement with a quote from the games designer.

In it, Kojima is quoted as saying: "I want to reassure fans that I am 100 percent involved and will continue working on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain; I'm determined to make it the greatest game I've directed to date. Don't miss it!"

Konami also stated that it would "continue to develop and distribute top-quality content in the Metal Gear series following the Phantom Pain." The press release showed no mention of Kojima's employee status, nor did it discuss the expected termination of his partnership with Konami.

It did, however, reiterate that it is working on a new Metal Gear title, and that it is "conducting interviews for main staff to lead the development."

Konami added: "We greatly anticipate and deeply appreciate your ongoing support for Metal Gear."

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Actually this is good news that he is no longer with Konami after MGSV. This means the guy will not be chained by the company and is free to explore new possibilities. The sky is the limit now for Kojima. I am pretty sure he will land somewhere quick or better yet, start his own independent studio. It is Konami's loss really. Look at what happened to Tecmo & Capcom when they lost their top talents. Personally for me, I can now finally look forward to his future projects since he will be freed to explore new ideas and make the game that he truly wants to make!

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Wow, really? Big publisher burns down talented team? Unheard of... /sarcasm

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Fu(k me, the man hasn't even left yet and you are already fu(king his series into the ground. Classy Konami

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Lots of respect for kojima he puts everything he has into his games. The mgs series is a masterpiece been playing his game since snes days

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Lost interest?

How can you loose interest in a game series like MGS?


It's not like any other games (COD ASSASSINS CREED COMING UP WITH THE SAME SHIT EVERY YEAR)

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Good for you Jimmy

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I predict that Kojima-san will start a crowd funding campaign for "Silent Mighty Gears #9" in 2016...

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Maybe silent hills will happen. I am very hopeful :)

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Just saying but maybe he's going to focus on other projects like Silent Hills while Konami is hiring staff for the continuation of MGS series.

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100% Silent Hills, please.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I'm starting to wonder if they wanted Kojima to start on a story, or at least concept, for this new "Metal Gear game" and he has finally lost it. Argument's ensue and here we are.

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Good, they can finally stop trying to capture the MGS1 magic with these garbage sequels.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Garbage sequels?


Weird you said that. Every MGS game is awesome, it's unlike GARBAGE GAMES LIKE COD

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<< LINK REMOVED >> They aren't trying to "recapture" anything. Unlike most sequels, MGS has attempted something different with each one. But hey, because YOU personally don't like them, it must mean they're all garbage, and they've been simply wasting their time with them over the past eighteen years... and raking in all that cash from fans who actually love these games.


Just shut up.

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You're competely right about everything... after "But hey".

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why dont you 100% optimize it to at least 900p you basturd

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i think those boobies scored it for the game :D

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A lot of anger and negativity has arisen from this, and It's completely understandable...


However, I'd like to take this moment and extend my thanks to Mr. Kojima for putting his heart and soul into every single one of these games since the NES days. No matter how people felt about the series, Metal Gear was his passion project, and he was lucky to be able to share it with the world the way he wanted to.


I wish him the best of luck with his future endeavors.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> agreed the man has worked on a franchise for 30 years i believe i could be wrong but its time for Mr.Kojima to move to bigger an better things

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it's been a pleasure hyping your release silent hills :(

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So its true his departure :(

But at least he's the one conducting the interviews for the new staff, so we can be sure some new very talented people will be around for the production of the next games (even though it would never be the same without Kojima).

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Kojima is the Koami in Konami, without his talents & team they're left with (n)othing. As an executive, & employee working for Konami since 86 to be kicked around like that, as well as Konami's own website stating that the changes in management are " (Effective April 1, 2015) " seems fishy to me like a potential hoax lol.

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April 1 is the start of the Japanese financial year so it makes sense for changes to take effect then. This isn't a hoax unfortunately.

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Kojima is overrated.

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TROLOLOLOOLOLOLOLOLOL

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Is this for real or just another stunt to increase sales.

They've done this whole Kojima-is-leaving dance before.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Kojima, yes

the whole Kojima productions team? no

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But kojima san must finish the silent hill game with buddy guillermo del toro before he leaves...

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For the record, Metal Gear without Kojima isn't Metal Gear. It'll end up turning into sonethubg else...

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Moles, I see moles.

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I always thought the MGS IP was Kojima's and Konami were simply the publisher.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Nope. Our capitalism has zero worker control over production.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Nope its pretty crappy the creators have zero control or ownership,

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So Konami is about to become another Crapcom

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So will Silent Hills be cancelled?

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