Hideo Kojima Could Get Back On The Gaming Horse This December
Despite this whole saga still leaving us with a sour taste in our mouths and an intense dislike of Konami, it seems as though the whole thing may finally be coming to an end.
An anonymous source recently had a chat with New Yorker, and claimed that Kojima left Konami yesterday on October 9. This silent informant also stated that Kojima is barred from working on new games due to a non-compete exit clause.
This clause happens to expire in December.
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What that means is that Kojima can get back on that gaming horse by the end of the year, although he’ll probably only announce a new project, or studio he forms/joins, next year.
Of course this is all coming from an anonymous source so it’s best to take it with a pinch of salt, but it’s probably close to the truth given that it’s been some time since the launch of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain’s post-release online multiplayer component.
As it stands right now both Konami and Kojima haven’t said anything about this news. However Kojima apparently did confirm his exit from the company, referring to “legally binding agreement with his former employer” when turning away from the chance to speak about it.
The New Yorker cites shifts in the Japanese games industry as part of the reason for Kojima’s departure, given that the mobile scene has overtaken the traditional triple A industry over there. It’s probably why Konami is looking to get into mobile and leave the triple A scene behind.
It’s doubtful Kojima will remain out of action for long. Whether he forms his own indie studio or joins up with someone else, we’ll know soon enough.