Evidence has been mounting that famed developer Hideo Kojima is leaving Konami. Unfortunately, we can’t tell for sure, as Konami has put communications block on Kojima and his staff.

Konami has put out these statements:

Konami Digital Entertainment, including Mr. Kojima, will continue to develop and support Metal Gear products. Please look forward to future announcements.

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.

In the meantime, insiders have revealed that power struggles ongoing within the company have led to serious company restructuring behind the scenes. Kojima and many other members of Konami senior staff have been turned into contractors.

Fans smelled something changing in the air as references to Kojima and Kojima productions were removed in Konami’s and Metal Gear Solid 5’s sites.

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