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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Is No Longer “A Hideo Kojima Game”

Konami has released a new Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain boxart and it no longer features the name of Hideo Kojima. This solidifies the fact that Kojima Productions is now working on a contract basis on MGS V.

Konami and MGS creator Hideo Kojima will part ways after the release of the Phantom Pain in September. Konami did say that they will continue to work on Metal Gear, but the franchise will never be the same without Kojima-San.

You can see the new boxart compared with the old one below.

New Boxart

MGS V the Phantom Pain

Old Boxart

MGS V the Phantom Pain BOX ART OLD

Recently, MGS V voice actor Akio Otsuka revealed to the world that Kojima Productions has disbanded. Looking at the new boxart, there should no longer be any doubts regarding his claim.

Kojima Productions got dissolved, and due to the team’s hard effort, the game is just about finished. This is no exaggeration, but it’s bound to be a supreme masterpiece! I can’t help it if I want to say, ‘I kept you waiting.’ (lol) Even if this is the last time… MGS lives forever!

It’s sad to see Kojima leave Metal Gear behind but the thought of Kojima working on something new, is indeed exciting.

Career wise, leaving Konami will make no difference to Kojima, any company will happily offer Kojima a hefty budget and 4-5 years to create a new masterpiece, however, what will Konami be without Kojima?

We will have to wait and see what the future holds.

MGS V might not have Kojima’s name on it, but it will always be “A Hideo Kojima Game.”