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Konami claims Hideo Kojima hasn't left the company, he's just 'on vacation'

Things just keep getting more and more strange over at Konami HQ.


The ongoing drama between Konami and Hideo Kojima continues, although it’s taken quite the weird turn this week.

The New Yorker published a story reporting Kojima has officially left Konami earlier this month, with the author of the article even tweeting out a photo of what’s being considered to be his farewell party:

Today, Konami is denying the report and says Kojima is still an employee of the company, but is currently on vacation after completing development on Metal Gear Solid 5, according to a spokesperson for Konami. “Because the development time for console games is so long and fatigue builds up, it’s common for employees to take extended periods of time off when development is finished,” explains the spokesperson.

When the spokesperson was asked about the farewell party, their response was, “We’re not sure what kind of thing this was.”

It was reported earlier this year Kojima would leave Konami once development of Metal Gear Solid 5 was complete, which Konami clarified days later with their own statement. We’re not surprised to see Konami once again attempt to explain what’s really going on with Kojima’s employment status with the company. We don’t quite get why they would continue to string the gaming community along by saying he’s still an employee when it’s rather obvious by now he wants to branch out and do other things. Hopefully Kojima can speak out about what's really going on between him and Konami one day, but we don't see that happening for some time.

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    October 20, 2015 7:10 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Konami claims Hideo Kojima hasn't left the company, he's just 'on vacation'

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      October 20, 2015 7:27 AM

      So, what, he's going to be designing gambling machines for them now? Konami is fucking bonkers.

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      October 20, 2015 7:49 AM

      It’s like mom telling the kids that Sparky's gone to a nice farm up state.

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      October 20, 2015 8:13 AM

      On vacation... PERMANENTLY.

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      October 20, 2015 8:59 AM

      Konami cant make up their mind it seems. I hope he does leave and creates a fantastic new IP with a decent studio that doesnt treat employees like a prison camp.

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        October 20, 2015 9:26 AM

        sounds like they want his name but not him

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          October 20, 2015 10:03 AM

          I agree, but that makes taking his name off the MGSV box art even stranger.

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            October 20, 2015 11:20 AM

            To be fair, He doesn't need it on the box. The credits play at least 52 times during the game (after every mission and when you beat both "chapters"). Plus at one point you rescue Hideo Kojima from an outpost where he is being kept prisoner and he joins your team.

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      October 20, 2015 9:13 AM

      If he hasn't left already, he should do. That company is poison.

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      October 20, 2015 9:43 AM


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      October 20, 2015 10:11 AM

      He went to the farm.

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      October 20, 2015 10:17 AM

      He's working on a side project on a farm upstate. He can run around and chase anime girls and invent ridiculous plotlines.

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      October 20, 2015 11:13 AM


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        October 20, 2015 11:22 AM

        Because it was a fucking great game. Best one since the original.

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