Issues between Kojima and Konami are rumored for a while, and evidence suggest that Kojima will leave the company after Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain release. However, Kojima and Konami aren’t outright saying this in public.
Surely, if Kojima leaves, many publishers/developers will through money to hire Kojima-san. Recently, EA’s Peter Moore was asked if his employer is interested in hiring Hideo Kojima, Moore said that it’s best that Kojima and Konami kiss and make-up.
I’ve always liked Kojima-san. I got on with him during my days at Microsoft. I just think… what’s going on there… I just think both of them should kiss and make up.
From my experience, and I’ve spent a lot of time working in Japan, I think that Konami and Kojima will figure it out. Those kinds of business relationships [in Japan] are typically for life, and Kojima is such an important part in what has gone on there.
Honestly, I would love to see Kojima and Konami sort things out. But even if he leaves, I think Kojima should form his own studio and not work for anyone else, be his own Boss and have all the creative freedom he needs to develop his next masterpiece.
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