Hideo Kojima Officially Leaves Konami, Forms New Studio - Update

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Hideo Kojima Officially Leaves Konami, Forms New Studio - Update

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According to a report, Hideo Kojima has left Konami, and is currently forming a new studio.

Update: Hideo Kojima has confirmed the rumors, writing on Twitter: "My employment contract with Konami has been terminated as of Dec 15th, so today marks a new start for me. I'm committed to be involved in creative activities for as long as I live. Look forward to what's coming." You can read more about Kojima's partnership with Sony here.

Original Story: According to Japanese publication Nikkei, Metal Gear Solid creator and director Hideo Kojima has officially parted ways with Konami. According to the report, Kojima is establishing a new studio, which is expected to retain former Kojima Productions staff, and is also in talks with Sony Computer Entertainment.

Earlier this year, it was revealed that Konami had removed Kojima's name from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain's box art, and also cancelled Kojima's Silent Hills project. In October, it was reported that Kojima left Konami - a claim that Konami disputed, stating that Kojima was "on vacation." Most recently, at the 2015 Game Awards, host Geoff Keighley stated that Konami had barred Kojima from attending and from accepting any awards for Metal Gear Solid V.

The Escapist has reached out to Konami for comment, and will update this story with any new information.

[Source: Polygon]

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And now we wait for Loud Valley(s), the f-you to Konami and the game that should've been.

If the new studio isn't called Outer Heaven, I'll be disappointed Mr. Kojima!

So...wait, he wasn't on an extended vacation this whole time?!
But Konami would never lie to us! Never!!

Good. Now go back to the old Kojima that gave Zone of the Enders, Snatcher and Policenauts.

Silentpony:
So...wait, he wasn't on an extended vacation this whole time?!
But Konami would never lie to us! Never!!

Hit the Lever!

And other such #FucKonami memes ;)

If true, good for him. If even one tenth of Konami's shenanigans from the past year or so are real, then it is an awful company that is entirely undeserving of the creative talents it seems to love treating like dirt.

If they want to focus on mobile and pachinko machines, that's fine, but someone like Kojima would be completely wasted on it.

Great! Now create some stunning games. We don't know what really went down at Konami. Perhaps Kojima screwed his boss' wife. Perhaps he ate the office cat. All the same, he needs to keep being creative.

And Konami will continue to insist that Kojima is on holiday while continuing to make bad decisions.

oh man now that Konami isn't in the way I wonder if we'll get more characters like Sniper Wolf, Quiet, or Eva... all kidding aside I'm looking forward to whatever he comes up with Kojima is a lot like Miyamoto where everything he does is interesting even if it's not for everyone

Kojima: "Just because you've screwed me over doesn't mean I'm done fighting."

Konami: "Fighting? What are you really after?"

Kojima: "The restoration of the era where game developers like us were regarded as we should."

Or something.

I'll be honest. I never liked his games. The gameplay was often too convoluted for its own sake,and the plot made Kingdom Hearts look properly manageable. But,what I saw,each and every time,was unimaginable effort and love put into the games. I've been silently watching this Konami shitstorm,the slow-motion trainwreck that it is,and I've been shoutinf "FucKonami!" as loud as I could at the more insane things,like the game awards thing. Hideo Kojima (Who you guys should really reach out to for comment!) is an artist. What's more,he gets shit done,if you're willing to wait and pay. Good for you,Kojima! May your new endeavour be successful and awesome!

I hope this is true and I can't wait to see what new game he comes up with.

Coming Soon from Hideo Kojima:

Place of the Finalizers
Steel Equipment
Guillermo Del Toro's: Quiet Crests and,
Cyber-Cops

I can't wait to see what's going to come of this.

Hopefully this is true; I think Kojima would be a good candidate for crowd-funded support, and I'm sure he has some interesting ideas that he hasn't been able to implement under his old contract. Even if they aren't all winners, at least they're bound to be interesting- and interesting ideas often seem to be in short supply.

But even assuming all of that pans out, I don't know if I'd put it past Konami version 6.66 to continue to try to harry him, especially if he does in fact hope to bring some or all of his old team with him. Contracts can be a tangled web of NDAs and non-compete clauses, and I don't trust them an inch at this point.

OuendanCyrus:
And Konami will continue to insist that Kojima is on holiday while continuing to make bad decisions.

Didn't they already announce no more games, and classic franchise pachinko only?

Shoggoth2588:
Coming Soon from Hideo Kojima:
Steel Equipment

That got me good.

Areloch:
If the new studio isn't called Outer Heaven, I'll be disappointed Mr. Kojima!

Kojima: That's right. I was Big Boss the entire time!

Oh, we can only hope... You tell 'em, Hideo. Hit them in the pachinko balls where it hurts!

Ah, so finally some actual truth regarding Mr Kojima's fate. Also, it seems there is a reason he posted a picture with Mark Cerny, designer of the PS4, a couple months back.

Well, as a PS4 owner, I really hope he works out a good deal with Sony. I would love to see some of Hideo Kojima's madness hit the console. He's one of the only two people that I consider a "Rock Star" in the video game industry, Miyamoto is the other.

Listen Sony, don't screw this up. All you have to do is be a better business partner than Konami and have more respect for the man and his work. That really shouldn't be hard, all things considered.

Areloch:
If the new studio isn't called Outer Heaven, I'll be disappointed Mr. Kojima!

Sadly, I expect that Outer Heaven is too closely associated with Metal Gear, which Konami owns. I highly doubt that Konami would allow Kojima to name his studio after something in Metal Gear. It would be awesome and perfect (no, seriously, kudos for that name suggestion), but I doubt it will come to pass.

I think this calls for a video embed.

Yes! Fucking yes! Fly free, Hideo! Go and make ridiculously convoluted and semi-interactive forms of social commentary on greener pastures!

We'll all stand there and point and laugh in Konami's direction, because they've lost everything! Fuck Konami!

Areloch:
If the new studio isn't called Outer Heaven, I'll be disappointed Mr. Kojima!

Just thinking about it makes me giddy.

But don't suppose Kojima has access to anything in the MGS copyright bucket? How perverse considering the entire series is his precious brain child.

So glad he didn't get discouraged by the shitty treatment he got, part of me feared he might throw in the towel and spend the rest of his life on a tropical island.

I wanna see Konami Vacation Simulator on Greenlight now.

I'm pretty sure that would be better than average for Greenlight.

While I would hope for Kojima not to be tied to any one system - mainly so as many people as possible can play his games - I will buy his games wherever he ends up.

Areloch:
If the new studio isn't called Outer Heaven, I'll be disappointed Mr. Kojima!

It wouldn't surprise me if Konami had the name Outer Heaven/Haven trademarked to be honest. They'd likely have a hard time arguing a case against Zanzibar though. Anyway, we should all wish Mr Kojima the best of luck with his new studio, hopefully it's going to make a tonne of decent games and if they're playstation exclusive (since they're stated as being in talks with Sony) It'd give me an excuse to use my PS4, which is currently being used as a Mug farm/bobble head stand, instead of my PC.

Good, Konami doesn't deserve Hideo. I'm excited to see with what he comes up with now that he's off the chain!

So who wants to bet that Konami kept his official leave until now entirely so he they could prevent him from collecting that Award his game won?

Let's see if Kojima is going to be classy about his horrible treatment or if he's going to be snarky and vengeful... I'm totally fine with either option.

No matter what Kojima does, konami will probably just say he's still an employee and that other projects and studios are simply rogue states.

I'm far more interested in watching what konami's response will be than what kojima will make; it's been too long since a good silent hill and any zone of the enders for me to care.

Shoggoth2588:

Cyber-Cops

My Kojima knowledge must be rusty. What's that one supposed to allude to?

Areloch:
If the new studio isn't called Outer Heaven, I'll be disappointed Mr. Kojima!

Would you be salty if he called his new studio Zanzibar Land instead?

Li Mu:
Great! Now create some stunning games. We don't know what really went down at Konami. Perhaps Kojima screwed his boss' wife. Perhaps he ate the office cat. All the same, he needs to keep being creative.

Maybe he ate the office cat, while screwing his boss' wife. On his boss' desk. While being on paid sick leave, despite not being sick.

SIgh. so many people that dont understand how corporations work. Kojima left Konami, but he had some vacation days he didnt spent so he took them all up before he left. there was a goodbuy party because he wont becoming back, but he was still on vacation and under payroll for those few weeks. now that those weeks are up he is officially out and started making his own studio public, earning free advertisement from articles like that.

I'm curious what Kojima's gonna be up to now. I'll be honest, as someone who tried and failed to keep up with Kingdom Hearts, I found the Metal Gear series redonculously confusing, but at the same time I've only ever heard good things about Kojima for his part in them, at least until he actively started trying to end the franchise zombie maintained by Konami apparently. I hadn't realized that they were the more evil of the set until they started... well, doing a pretty solid imitation of Crapcom's treatment of Inafune.

I'm honestly more curious about seeing if Kojima is better at running a company than Tim Schaefer is. Being a video game auteur doesn't necessarily translate to business savvy, after all.

Strazdas:
SIgh. so many people that dont understand how corporations work. Kojima left Konami, but he had some vacation days he didnt spent so he took them all up before he left. there was a goodbuy party because he wont becoming back, but he was still on vacation and under payroll for those few weeks. now that those weeks are up he is officially out and started making his own studio public, earning free advertisement from articles like that.

This is Japan. What you're saying works in most countries, but it's not really done in Japan. Perhaps it could be done at Konami, they are different to the average company. A recent statistic showed that something like 80% (I forget the exact percentage) of Tokyo based companies were breaking employment laws by not paying employers for overtime and holiday.

So, while I agree with what you're saying in the context of an American corporation, I'd say that it's not the same for Japanese ones.

Li Mu:

Strazdas:
SIgh. so many people that dont understand how corporations work. Kojima left Konami, but he had some vacation days he didnt spent so he took them all up before he left. there was a goodbuy party because he wont becoming back, but he was still on vacation and under payroll for those few weeks. now that those weeks are up he is officially out and started making his own studio public, earning free advertisement from articles like that.

This is Japan. What you're saying works in most countries, but it's not really done in Japan. Perhaps it could be done at Konami, they are different to the average company. A recent statistic showed that something like 80% (I forget the exact percentage) of Tokyo based companies were breaking employment laws by not paying employers for overtime and holiday.

So, while I agree with what you're saying in the context of an American corporation, I'd say that it's not the same for Japanese ones.

Well that was the case of breaking the law. maybe konami simply did things the legal way even if it cost them a lot of PR (like they had any to begin with, ech). Not paying for overtime is pretty much universal with most companies, but holidays are more or less being forced now because people tend to complain when they dont get holidays now.

WhiteTigerShiro:

Shoggoth2588:

Cyber-Cops

My Kojima knowledge must be rusty. What's that one supposed to allude to?

Policenauts

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