t seems like Konami is messing with us. The other day, The New Yorker reported that Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima officially parted ways with Konami on October 9th, after a farewell party at his in-house studio, Kojima Productions.
That was sad news for his many fans. Well, now it looks like this may not have been true. Because now Konami has denied Kojima’s departure to Japanese site Tokyo Sports, as translated by Kotaku. “Currently, Kojima is listed as a company employee,” a Konami spokesperson said, according to the translation.
Apparently, the spokesperson says that Kojima and the rest of the team that developed Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain are all taking a long vacation. Okay, but what about that reported farewell party? The response is, “We’re not sure what kind of thing this was.”. This is pretty strange. It sounds like maybe it happened and then they had a change of heart and are changing their story.
In response to Konami’s claims, New Yorker contributor Simon Parkin (author of the original story) shared a photo of the goodbye celebration at Kojima Productions. I guess we will have to wait until we hear more on this story.