Konami Didn’t Even Want Kojima’s Name To Be Mentioned In An Interview, That’s How Serious They Are

This situation is a complete mess.

Posted By | On 02nd, Jul. 2015 Under News | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet


It has been widely reported that Hideo Kojima will be leaving Konami later this year. Some reports have also claimed that he may in fact leave straight away once Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain ships in September. There have been various reasons given by different media outlets ranging from power struggle within the company to the CEO of Konami hating Hideo Kojima. But these are rumors at best as Konami have yet to officially comment on what will happen with Kojima once The Phantom Pain is done with.

However the rift between Konami and Kojima seems so serious that the company did not even want the developer’s name to be mentioned in a recent interview conducted by Angry Joe. Joe Vargas a.k.a. Angry Joe is a popular Youtuber and is well known within the video game community for his on the face reviews and interviews. During his interview with the community manager Robert Peeler, Joe was explicitly asked by Konami PR not to mention Kojima’s name in the questions.

Personally speaking, the situation is messed up. I am a Metal Gear Solid fan myself and it puzzles me about what actually happened between Kojima and Konami. I mean this is so serious that they don’t even want Kojima’s name to be a part of an interviewer’s question.

You can check out the entire video log and the interview below. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom is due for the PS3, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

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  • Franky

    Or it could just mean that they want to focus on their game during the interview.

  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    wow. now that is way over the line. Konami just sealed the final nail in the coffin. Nothing can save them from the PR disaster they started.

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    • Devon Day

      For me Konami was done after they removed the PT demo.

    • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

      I was done with Konami the moment they started shitstaining Kojima.

    • Devon Day

      Haha! That as well. Cannot forget about that.

    • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

      Lest we forget Kojima and his contributions and how Konami paid him back after basically getting them this far on his games alone really. Hope 2016 is a happier year for gaming.

    • Right, I’m sure Hideo Kojima had nothing to do with it…

    • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

      Not his decision even if he had an opinion. He was demoted remember, who at Konami is gonna hear him out? Or did you forget he technically doesn’t work for them anymore and won’t be with them much longer that you’re being so complacent about his position in this situation?

    • I am saying that he is not a saint and the reason he is getting the boot is because of his own actions. It’s been known for years that the guy is a narcissistic jerk. Let’s not put all of the blame on his superordinates at Konami.

    • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

      For years really? You must be talking about someone else. And both parties I’m sure did something the other didn’t like that lead them to this point. Only a matter of time before we find out what really happened.

    • Absolutely. Anyone who has followed his interviews has known for years now that the guy, although a talented game designer, is egotistical and narcissistic. We can pretty much induce what happened: Kojima thought he was bigger than Konami and Konami gave him the boot.

    • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

      If it were that simple then they would have simply fired him by now or cut him off completely so he’d be forced to leave, but instead they’re keeping him their for the duration of The Phantom Pain. They won’t even mention his name in interviews, if it were simply him sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong they wouldn’t mind mentioning his name even once but something else is at play here.

      Both sides did something, but we probably won’t find out what really happened until the game ships or Kojima officially comes out and says he’s quitting or was fired and forced to continue working on it. He’s not selfish. He just acknowledges the praise people have for his talent.

    • You can’t just fire someone who is under contract because he’s a jerk, nor would that make any sense financially when you have years of time and millions of dollars invested into one of your most important game launches in the history of your company. He wanted to use his star power to demand more things–more money, more control, more freedom, etc.–and in doing so ruffled a bunch of feathers, quarrels ensued, and Konami management decided to put him in his place. They’ll both wisely work together to finish the multi-million-dollar game, then they’ll go their separate ways.

      It’s not that surprising, really. These types of corporate breakups happen all the time, it’s just that usually the parties involved are mature enough to keep it under wraps. Given Kojima’s inflated sense of self-worth, that this breakup has become so public is not a surprise.

    • The way I see it, when your name and flagship series is what was basically been keeping Konami a relevant household name for the past 30 years… then yeah, in a way, he technically IS bigger than Konami.

    • Konami comprises many more things than just Meta Gear–a franchise which only makes up a fraction of their revenue. The problem wasn’t that Kojima was bigger than Konami; the problem is that he thought he was.

    • Riku Ruohomäki

      Maybe it’s a PR disaster… by design? 😉

    • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

      I see. Everything Konami has been doing since seems to have been planned to hurt Kojima. Especially the recent removal of his name again off the box art. Their confusing behavior makes more difficult to understand what their main goal is besides humiliating Kojima.

  • Big Boss

    I don’t think Kojima said MGSV is his last game, it will be his last MGS, so that means hes probably will be making more games without Konami.

    • Niko

      Yeah he will. Only not a Metal Gear game because Konami has the rights to the series.


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