First reported by Nikkei – a Japanese financial newspaper – not only was his departure confirmed, but a rumor arose that Kojima will be in talks with Sony Entertainment to create his own new studio. Further rumor states that not only has Kojima started or will start his own gaming company in league with Sony, but that he has taken several of his former Konami team members with him.
Kojima’s non-compete clause is slated to end in December according to an article from The New Yorker, that released Kojima’s supposed last day as October 9th. Konami refuted that date and article, stating that Kojima was still with the company at the time. Konami released a statement saying that “Kojima is currently taking an extended vacation, and is currently still registered as an employee.” In an apparent slap to the face, Konami also barred Kojima from attending an awards ceremony to accept any awards for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Kojima’s name and all credits were removed from the Konami American site; when Konami restructured in March, Kojima was no longer listed as “Executive Content Officer” for the company.
If you need a chronological time line of the Konami vs Kojima madness, our friends at IGN have a great article here on the subject. After this seemingly endless back and forth – it is with great excitement that the community awaits Kojima’s next move on creating content. Only time will tell about the success of negotiations between Kojima and Sony – but we can wait here, hoping.
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