As news broke last week over the strained relationship between famed Metal Gear developer Hideo Kojima and parent company Konami, things have apparently continued to sour between the two groups. While the Kojima Productions name has quickly been rebranded on websites, social media accounts, and even the former studio in Los Angeles, fans also began to wonder what the fate of the popular Kojima’s Station broadcast would be. Konami has at last given us an answer.
In a series of Tweets from the newly rebranded Japanese Metal Gear Twitter account, the company thanked fans for their support of the show over the years and apologized for suspending tomorrow’s show due to the circumstances. The show hasn’t been outright canceled, but at this time no make up date has been scheduled for the broadcast.
The social media account also went on to state that the Kojima Productions rebranding effort was due to an internal reorganization that shifted control to Konami’s headquarters. To reassure fans, they confirmed that Kojima and his team are still there continuing work on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and the game is on track for its September 1 release date.
Even though every other aspect of the Kojima brand has been either removed or rebranded, there’s still no no word on what is going to happen to Kojima’s other project, Silent Hills, which is currently (?) in development with director Guillermo Del Toro.
This most recent wave of news regarding the Kojima Station broadcast is not all that surprising considering the lengths Konami went in rebranding and removing the name “Kojima Productions” last week. Even though public relations continues to say everything is normal at the company, the news that continues to come out of that situation is anything but.
The relationship between Konami and Kojima’s team has seriously degraded over the past month according to reports. Due to power struggles between the two groups, Kojima and his team are planning to exit Konami entirely once Metal Gear Solid V ships. Things are apparently so bad that Konami has even resorted to restricting access for senior members of Kojima’s team to things like corporate Internet, emails, and phone calls.
It’s hard to wonder what happened between Kojima’s team and Konami after such a long and successful run together. There’s no telling if the truth will ever come out about how things finally took a turn for the worst.
What do you think went so wrong between these two groups? Let us know below in the comments.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is scheduled for release on September 1, 2015 for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 with the PC version coming two weeks later.