Konami has released another statement in an attempt to clear up some of the confusion surrounding Hideo Kojima’s role in the company after it was revealed earlier this month that he may be leaving after the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
Earlier reports have shown that there was a company-wide shake-up and Hideo Kojima, as well as the rest of his team, are now classified as independent contractors. @Kojima_Pro_Live, which used to be the official Twitter handle for the Metal Gear franchise, also tweeted that they were no longer the official account.
— Kojima Pro Live (@Kojima_Pro_Live) March 19, 2015
In their statement, Konami has said that Mr. Kojima is still actively working on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, whilst also stating that the shake-up was simply a change in the corporate work structure. You can read the full statement below.
“In accordance with the recent change in production organization of all of Konami, Kojima Productions, as well as other internal production companies, has had its name, etc., changed to move into the corporate headquarters work structure. The name and organization has changed, but as before, MGSV: TPP is continuing as a work from director Kojima and the existing team members.
The social networking account has also been changed, but the new account has the same Metal Gear team members as the previous one, and is updating with the latest news. As the team members who are tweeting is unchanged, we would like your continued support and follows.
Naturally director Kojima is playing the game, checking all the small details and giving directions to the staff as the title continues to completion. Bringing the thoughts and ideas of director Kojima in an open world game of the size of TPP is incredibly difficult, the director and the team that’s been there from the start are coming together as one as they aim to finish the game, so please give them the support they need.”
Although both Konami and Hideo Kojima have both confirmed that Kojima is still working on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, it is still unclear as to whether or not Konami and Kojima will continue to work together in the future. If they decide to part ways after the game is released, it is still unclear as to whether or not Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be the last in the Metal Gear franchise, something which made Kojima as famous as he is, and a franchise in which he has always been a part of.
[Image via Metal Gear Solid, Xbox Achievements]