Metal Gear Solid 5's Box Art Removes Kojima Name
Konami strips game of Kojima Productions branding.
New, and seemingly final, versions of the box art carry no mention of Kojima, where placeholder assets had previously showed the Kojima Productions logo and the line "A Hideo Kojima Game."
Immortals Fenyx Rising Review The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 5: Easter Eggs & Things You Missed from "The Jedi" The Men's Mental Health Forum DOOM Eternal - Official Nintendo Switch Release Date Trailer Top 007 Things We Want From The IO Interactive Bond Game How Sex And Relationships Work In Cyberpunk 2077 FINAL FANTASY XIV - Official Patch 5.4 Trailer "Futures Rewritten" SOULCALIBUR VI – Hwang DLC Launch Trailer Firearms Expert Reacts To Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare’s Guns 10 Minutes Of Brand-New Immortals: Fenyx Rising Gameplay What Is DLSS And Should You Use It? Destiny 2: Beyond Light Video Review
The news comes just days after Otsuka Akio, the Japanese voice actor for Metal Gear Solid's protagonist Snake, claimed the development studio no longer exists. "[Kojima Productions] has been disbanded," he said. "It appears that the work that the team has been putting their utmost effort into is nearly complete." Konami has yet to respond to the speculation.
This is not the first time Konami has sought to remove mention of the long-time Metal Gear director from its games. Back in March, the publisher deleted Kojima Productions branding from the Silent Hills/PT website, before announcing that the reboot project had been cancelled altogether.
Konami also wiped Kojima branding from official artwork and marketing material for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain, as well as from Twitter and the publisher's LA office listing. But, until now, The Phantom Pain's box art had remained untouched.
A source close to Kojima Productions told GameSpot in March that Kojima is expected to leave the studio following the completion of The Phantom Pain. It is understood that the team's contracts run until December.
In the meantime, have a look at our timeline of events to catch-up on all the goings-on between Konami and Kojima.
GameSpot may get a commission from retail offers.