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Konami Finally Opens Up About the Kojima Situation

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.

To Customers,

Thank you for your continued patronage of KONAMI products and services.

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.


  • Jimmy Black

    “I’m determined to make it the greatest game I’ve directed to date.”

    Personally – this is why I LOVE MGS games. They are more like interactive movies than a game. SO I like that he says is his directing, not creating, a game.

    • LoveAnimation

      The Metal Gear Solid games got awesome and very fun gamepay too and is not only about the great storys and characters.

  • Victor

    Well out of respect for Silent Hill fans and the fact that the P.T demo was pretty successful and got great reviews I feel they owe it to us to give us the status on this game because WE NEED IT!!!!! ENOUGH SAID!

  • Rob

    I love the Metal Gear series and I highly doubt i’d buy a Metal Gear game if it was done by someone other than Hideo Kojima.

    Regarding Silent Hills, i’m pissed off that they won’t fucking tell us the status of it. I was never worried about MGSV. Given the critical acclaim that P.T. received and the fact that Silent Hills was set to be a dream team collaboration makes it that much more frustrating not knowing what the fuck is going on with it. I was really looking forward to Guillermo Del Toro’s inSane and that was cancelled, Dead Space 4 would be great if Visceral was given creative freedom from the clutches of EA, and Asylum would be fucking awesome with Project Morpheus. I doubt any of those will happen so i’m not holding my breath. I am however holding my breath on Silent Hills because if Konami fucks that up Alessa will be furious.

    • I can’t even picture what a Metal Gear game would look like without Kojima’s involvement. Kojima IS Metal Gear. They’re the same thing. I’m not sure how Konami is going to keep that series going.

  • drmodem

    Bitterly disappointing and terribly managed communications from Konami. Agree with Rob, the hardest part of this to swallow is having no mention of Silent Hills whatsoever. In an ever-changing digital landscape it’s becoming easier for things to get confirmed and then have a total u-turn in status (Twin Peaks, Ghostbusters, Alien 5) – I’m not hopeful, but mostly I’m just amazed that big announcements like this can be turned on their head without contracts in place.

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