Report: Creator Hideo Kojima parts ways with Konami; in talks with Sony

The latest turn in the ongoing drama between Hideo Kojima and Konami appears to be that the two have officially parted ways.

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Anyone out there waiting for the latest bizarre turn in the ongoing saga between Konami and Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima? The latest news appears to be that the standoff is over, with Kojima officially parting ways with Konami and working to put together a new studio.

The report comes from Japanese publication Nikkei (via Polygon), which notes that Kojima has left Konami as of this morning. On top of that, Kojima looks to be in talks with PlayStation in regards to making a new studio. (Update: It has also been suggested that the translation points to Kojima being in talks to create a new game for PlayStation, not so much a studio.)

The frosty relationship between Konami and Kojima has only gotten colder over the last few months, with the conflict reaching a fever pitch during the Game Awards when host Geoff Keighly revealed that Konami had legally prevented Kojima from being at the show to accept any awards. If the relationship is truly over, it marks a new beginning for Kojima and one without Snake, who will remain a licensed Konami property.

Shacknews has reached out to Konami for comment, but given previous Konami statements, don't be surprised if there are still more twists to the story coming soon.

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    December 15, 2015 10:09 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Report: Creator Hideo Kojima parts ways with Konami; in talks with Sony

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      December 15, 2015 10:27 AM

      Their loss, though it doesn't seem like they care much. Isn't all their money from gambling boxes anyway?

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        December 15, 2015 10:30 AM

        if it was, it's not like they'll just say how much money people are losing gambling

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        December 15, 2015 12:21 PM

        I assumed they cared to some extent since they were petty enough to not allow Kojima to come to an awards show

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      December 15, 2015 10:32 AM

      Sony ought to bring Kojima-san in as a first party developer and then buy the rights to MSG from Konami. That would be amazing.

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        December 15, 2015 10:34 AM

        Yes, they should. I doubt Konami will sell though.

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        December 15, 2015 10:34 AM

        Metal Gear has run its course. I'm sure Kojima has other stories he wants to do too

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          December 15, 2015 10:37 AM

          I was just thinking what would his first game be under sony. More 3rd person stuff?

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          December 15, 2015 12:08 PM

          Yeah let the man do something else.

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          December 15, 2015 12:52 PM

          Agreed, I'm looking forward to what he does that's *not* MGS.

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        December 15, 2015 10:43 AM

        MSG Silent Hill

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        December 15, 2015 6:54 PM

        I could not see Konami selling that to Sony. Especially with Kojima being under the helm. Besides. Doesn't he want to make other games or movies?

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      December 15, 2015 10:45 AM

      Surprised MS didn't grab him. Probably tried.

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        December 15, 2015 11:04 AM

        I'm sure they did. Though I doubt that he would have done something with Microsoft. Sony helped make Metal Gear Solid what it was. Kojima setting up shop at the Sony almost seems toooooo logical.

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          December 15, 2015 11:07 AM

          Plus probably a bit more natural in terms of location and game studios going with Sony. Plus Sony does a really good job when it comes to managing its studios.

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            December 15, 2015 11:13 AM

            If he can get Yoji Shinkawa and Julien Merceron back, I'd be really happy.

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              December 15, 2015 7:44 PM

              With the studio effectively dead I'm assuming he'll pull a ton of people back in and Sony will be happy to do it. Honestly they seem like the only major Japanese publisher at this point that really seems to have it together when it comes to international markets. Seems like everyone else has lost touch and become shells of their former selves. Konami seems to have straight up lost their minds.

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        December 15, 2015 7:39 PM

        Maybe halfheartedly. They don't seem that interested in the game console segment.

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      December 15, 2015 10:48 AM

      Break out Kojima. Let Sony give you a home.

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      December 15, 2015 12:05 PM

      I predicted this, not surprising since Sony's provided support on Fox Engine development for many years.

      They're the only ones who can give Kojima everything he wants, including the tie-in to making films.

      I'm just surprised he didn't have some sort of multi year no compete clause.

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        December 15, 2015 12:19 PM

        Maybe he did :O

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        December 15, 2015 1:05 PM

        No Compete Clauses have no force of law in Outer Heaven.

        Outer Heaven?

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        December 15, 2015 7:46 PM

        Sony also seems to give their studios a lot of room to do what they need to do to get it right.

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        December 15, 2015 9:12 PM

        if Konami can legally prevent him from attending an awards program, I am afraid of what else that bodes..

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      December 15, 2015 12:59 PM

      What about the Fox Engine though? Does that still belong to Konami because that engine is key. Without the Fox Engine, Kojima has a very long ramp up time ahead of him to do something new that would be up to his standards.

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        December 15, 2015 1:04 PM

        Does it really do anything special that a modified Frostbyte or Unreal Engine couldn't?

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          December 15, 2015 4:52 PM

          Yeah, I don't get why the engine matters.

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            December 15, 2015 5:23 PM

            It runs amazingly. Frostbite not so much.

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            December 15, 2015 5:37 PM

            It sounded like he had a ton of involvement in its development. Wouldn't that be a big deal if he wants to make something new? Starting over with a different engine? I have no idea, but he was all about that fox engine

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              December 15, 2015 9:07 PM

              Julien Merceron, the former Fox Engine lead and Technology Director of Konami (also formerly the Technical Director for Ubisoft, CTO for Eidos, and Technology Director of Square Enix), quit Konami back in September, so there's that.

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          December 15, 2015 9:02 PM

          Have you seen any other engine run that well at that level of fidelity? I haven't.

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            December 15, 2015 9:24 PM

            Plenty. UE4 and Frostbite at that graphics quality would easily be up to the task.

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        December 15, 2015 6:00 PM

        Fox engine belongs to konami. Their other cash cow, pro evolution soccer, uses it.

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        December 15, 2015 7:15 PM

        I bet Cerny could hook him up with a Sony first party engine real quick

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      December 15, 2015 5:12 PM

      Well Konami pretty much nuked that bridge from orbit. The only certain thing at this point is that they will hold a death grip on beloved ip's. Viewing the choices they have been making over the past year, they will probably royally fuck them up also. IMO the faster the company goes out of business so others can snag the IP's the better off we will be.

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        December 15, 2015 7:20 PM

        Honestly if I were Konami I'd license their IPs for a reasonable sum to Sony. Sony wants flagships to keep selling hardware and Konami wants eyeballs for Quiet's Big Tit Smackin' Ultra Pinball 4 or whatever other IPs their mobile division is forced to shovel out. Seems like a win-win.

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      December 15, 2015 7:21 PM

      The box art for Kojima's next game's been leaked

      http://i.imgur.com/pwX4z47.jpg

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      December 16, 2015 5:00 AM

      It's official. Huge deal for Sony IMO. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=annuTcmB1rw