June 19th, 2017

Konami to continue making Metal Gear without Kojima

Hideo Kojima’s departure from Konami now looks to be confirmed as the company has put out a statement regarding the future of the Metal Gear series.

Yesterday, there were multiple signs that Kojima would be leaving Konami in the near future. He had been removed as a director, the site for Kojima Productions redirected to a more general Metal Gear Solid one and, most damning of all, references to Kojima were removed from the Metal Gear box art on Konami’s sites.

Today’s statement from Konami says that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be released in September as planned, and that Hideo Kojima “will remain involved throughout.”

However, the publisher goes on to say that following The Phantom Pain’s release, they have “already resolved to develop a new Metal Gear title” and that “We will be conducting auditions for main staff to lead the development.” This is further confirmed by job postings, noticed by NeoGaf.

A slightly different version of the Konami statement has also been put up here. This one contains an additional comment from Kojima himself, which states: “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.”

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    • Tim McDonald

      I don’t know how well The Phantom Pain wraps up the remaining plot threads and finishes off Old Snake’s arc, but this feels like one of the rare occasions with a still-running series that I’d actually approve of a reboot. With Kojima out of the picture, I’d rather see someone try their hand at a “new” Metal Gear (possibly with a different suffix to “Solid”, which is at least partially implied by this story) than to attempt to continue on with what he did. What he did was often imperfect, but it was definitely HIM; filling those shoes would be an impossible task.

      • locke

        Yeah, Kojima was Metal Gear Solid but to be honest, MGS was mediocre at times precisely because all the Kojima nonsense. If they are going to reboot the saga they need to do things differently, with a different tone, and please, less nonsensical jokes about poop and less bikini agents. The right new blood can make all the difference.

    • DrearierSpider

      TBH, MGS4 was a quite a bit worse than MGS3 and Ground Zeroes/TPP look like nothing more than bad Splinter Cell rip-offs. I haven’t cared about this series for some time.