Death Stranding: It Seems That Kojima Is Fultoning Everyone From Konami To Kojima Productions

“He’s coming too?”

Posted By | On 11th, Jan. 2017 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


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Generally speaking, when a high ranking employee departs from an employer, the employer has multiple provisions in place to protect their interests, and ensure that the employee won’t encroach on their territory. These provisions include non compete agreements, which bar the employee from holding a similar position to the one they held with the employer for a certain amount of time, and non poaching agreements, which prohibit the employee from asking others at the company to quit to come work with them.

In the case of Konami and Hideo Kojima, it seems that none of those apply whatsoever. Not only has Kojima quit Konami, and started his own new studio right away, but it also looks like he is siphoning off some of the best talent from Konami to his own new studio. We already know that he has Yoji Shinkawa, the Art Director, working with him, along with Ken-Ishiro Imaizumi, the Producer; personal assistant Ayako Terashima; and Shinji Hirano, the former President of Konami Europe.

But it looks like that’s not all, either. Apparently, Kojima also has Masaki Saito and Jackie Tan, formerly game designers at Konami, working at his new studio. He’s also managed to get Yasuhiro Kawakami, cinematic artist at Konami, working at the new Kojima Productions. Chihoko Uchiyama, who was the senior character designer at Konami, has also been recruited by Kojima. And in what is probably Kojima’s biggest coup, he has Akio Sakamoto, the man who designed the core of the FOX Engine, working with him at the new Kojima Productions, too.

This is, increasingly, good news for us as gamers- it ensures that Konami’s talent lives on at the new Kojima Productions, even as Konami themselves look content to not utilize that talent, or their considerable back catalog. The new Kojima Productions is basically Konami reborn- and I can’t wait to see what they all decide to do in the future.


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  • Luke Skywalker

    Jackie Tan….for some reason I read that Jackie Chan.
    That aside it just goes to show that it’s not just one man but all the talent that’s around him. Looking forward to hear that this game is about, not looking too much into it yet I want to hear and see more first.

  • theduckofdeath

    This is good to hear. I wish them success.

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  • Dougdec92

    Konami might as well be cancelled

    • Clawson_J

      Konami should just sell MGS, Silent Hill to Sony

    • Danko

      The value of Konami shares rose on 66% over 2016. So go cancel yourself with your Kojima clown

  • ObsessedGeorge

    “It’s pretty crowded in here… Hey! STOP PUSHING!”

  • Bobbbbby5

    I’m curious as to what people were expecting.
    Konami has made it clear that they no longer want to deal with the video game industry outside of arcades (pachislot and Bemani games).

    Were their talent expected to stay and…not make video games anymore? More to the point, did people really want Kojima to stay contractually located there? Getting fired was probably the best possible thing for the guy, the sympathy points and Sony funding are off the charts.

  • NimbusStev

    Glad to hear it. If Konami plans to waste their talented employees on pachinko machines, it makes sense for them to move on to greener pastures.

  • Fernando Silva

    Can’t wait to meet the new recruits, boss!


 

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