Insider says Metal Gear Solid’s Kojima Productions has a fallout with Konami

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Okay, so I was being optimistic about the whole Hideo Kojima and Konami situation I reported about Konami removing the Kojima brand from its site and product promos. I figured that Kojima wanting to leave the Metal Gear Solid franchise to focus on other projects resulted in Konami taking over so that gamers can view everything as one big company. Well, looks like there’s drama brewing. According to GameSpot, an anonymous Konami insider has revealed that Kojima Productions and Konami are not in the best of terms. Say it isn’t so!

Yes, there is a fallout, and according to the insider, Konami has restricted access to senior staff members at Kojima Productions including corporate internet, emails, and phone. What about Hideo? He will have limited opportunities for promotional appearances for the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain game.

The source also says that Kojima Productions and Konami fighting over power led to the publisher making extreme changes, like changing the Metal Gear team status. Now Hideo and some of the studio’s senior staff are pretty much working as contractors, and not as permanent employees. Once Phantom Pain is done, the studio’s management team will be out.

“After we finish MGSV, Mr. Kojima and upper management will leave Konami. They said their contract ends in December,” the source said. “At a team meeting, Mr Kojima explained that team have to be one and make a good game for fans.”

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be available in September on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC.

Here’s a statement from Konami:

“As we have already announced, we are shifting our production structure to a headquarters-controlled system, in order to establish a steadfast operating base capable of responding to the rapid market changes that surround our digital entertainment business. Konami Digital Entertainment (including Mr. Kojima), will continue to develop and support Metal Gear products. Please look forward to future announcements.”

Do you think Konami is losing its mind?

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