Konami hasn’t seemed all that interested in offering an explanation regarding the worrying situation with Hideo Kojima, who’s almost definitely leaving the publisher once Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain ships in September. I say almost, because despite their finally issuing a statement which mentions Kojima, it still falls woefully short on offering any real answers.
If you were ever worried about The Phantom Pain, don’t be. The game is fine.
What you should be worried about is Kojima’s other project, Silent Hills. The publisher hasn’t mentioned the game once since the news first broke Thursday morning. There’s no reason to believe it’s been scrapped, especially with the momentum it’s built up over the last year, but fans are understandably worried for what may very well be the series’ last chance to remain relevant.
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The latest title in the METAL GEAR series,“METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN” (below, “MGSV: TPP”), will be released as planned starting on Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 in North America, Latin America, and Europe, followed by Japan and Asia on Wednesday, September 2nd. Hideo Kojima will remain involved throughout.
Hideo Kojima stated, “I want to reassure fans that I am 100% involved and will continue working on METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN; I’m determined to make it the greatest game I’ve directed to date. Don’t miss it!”
In addition, KONAMI will continue to develop and distribute top-quality content in the METAL GEAR series following “MGSV: TPP.” We greatly anticipate and deeply appreciate your ongoing support for METAL GEAR.
As the next step in the series, KONAMI has already resolved to develop new “METAL GEAR”.
We will be conducting interviews for main staff to lead the development.