It is being reported that legendary video game developer Hideo Kojima will likely leave Konami after Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is released. According to an inside source, an in-house power struggle between the Metal Gear team and Konami is to blame for his impending departure. Apparently, Kojima and other senior staff have been working with restricted access to internet, email, and phone. Interestingly, the entire MGS development team have essentially been working as contractors rather than full time staff, indicating that they could disband shortly after development and marketing of Metal Gear 5 is completed. "After we finish MGSV, Mr. Kojima and upper management will leave Konami,” the insider told Gamespot. “They said their contract ends in December." All of this is likely true considering that Konami has already begun removing the Kojima Productions logo from all official Metal Gear art. Moreover, Hideo Kojima himself has been taken off the company’s executive team. Kojima said the following in a statement:
"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."Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain releases release in September 2015 for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC.
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