Yoichi Wada Slams Konami’s Treatment of Hideo Kojima
Former Square Enix exec latest to weigh in on botched situation.
Konami has been taking some rather unprecedented heat when it comest to the way it handled parting ways with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain director Hideo Kojima. Kojima has actually helmed a good number of the most recent Metal Gear games though it appears his relationship with the video game company is officially in tatters. We already saw Konami take quite a bit of heat at last week’s Video Game Awards.
Now one of the firm’s top former competitors is weighing in and it’s pretty clear that former Square Enix chief Yoichi Wada doesn’t agree with the way Konami has handled the whole thing. Wada took to his Facebook page in order to make his thoughts clear saying, “As I know Mr. Kojima, I want to say, ‘I can’t believe this cruel treatment!’ But, here I’m going to give my thoughts as a corporate exec, however you think about this, this is a negative for business. Maybe leaving the home console market is management’s plan, but going out of your way to make enemies with the world has no meaning. Generally, this kind of thing happens when there’s a lack of leadership. I think, perhaps, there isn’t someone in charge who is paying attention and laying out all the little details for whole enterprise.”
This diatribe appears to be the most scathing of all and the criticism of Konami appears to have been sparked by recent reports that the firm wasn’t letting Kojima come and accept various awards for his latest project. Perhaps it’s time for Konami to rethink the way it’s handling itself during its split with Kojima.