So Konami finally released a press statement moments ago confirming that Hideo Kojima is, indeed, leaving Konami. While this may come as a surprise to some, with the surprise hit of Kojima’s own game studio (which has produced many hit games on it’s own) it is actually not that surprising to hear that he wants to branch out and work on other projects outside the Konami brand.
The press release is as follows:
March 20th, 2015
Thank you for your continued patronage of KONAMI products and services.
The latest title in the METAL GEAR series,“METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN” (below, “MGSV: TPP”), will be released as planned starting on Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 in North America, Latin America, and Europe, followed by Japan and Asia on Wednesday, September 2nd. Hideo Kojima will remain involved throughout.
Hideo Kojima stated, “I want to reassure fans that I am 100% involved and will continue working on METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN; I’m determined to make it the greatest game I’ve directed to date. Don’t miss it!”
In addition, KONAMI will continue to develop and distribute top-quality content in the METAL GEAR series following “MGSV: TPP.” We greatly anticipate and deeply appreciate your ongoing support for METAL GEAR. As the next step in the series, KONAMI has already resolved to develop new “METAL GEAR”.
We will be conducting interviews for main staff to lead the development.
The question on everyone’s minds now is who will take over the reigns of the Metal gear series? Given the interesting direction it will go; many gamers have been asking themselves if the game isn’t ready for a complete reboot.
The game’s original release titled “Metal Gear” (released in 1987) has, itself not been remade or released despite the penchant in the industry as of late for remakes or HD re-releases.
Perhaps, now after closing out the Phantom Pain; it may make sense for us to expect a new beginning with a new direction from a new producer.