Fans of the storied franchise have still been looking forward to Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain despite the chaotic controversy surrounding the title. Out of the blue, it appeared as though Konami fired Hideo Kojima, and began a scorched Earth campaign to remove themselves from the famed developer for seemingly no reason. This has caused quite a bit of stress for fans, who have been left in the dark as to what this means for the upcoming game as well as the Metal Gear franchise as a whole.
Very few have spoken about the potential firing of Kojima by Konami since this all went down a couple of months ago, and the company has been extremely secretive about it. So whenever someone speaks up about what is potentially going on at Konami, it’s a rare opportunity to find out more information about the controversy. The latest person to step forward is the Japanese voice actor of Big Boss and Solid Snake, reprising his role in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, Akio Otsuka.
“Kojima Productions was forced to disband, but it appears that the work that the team has been putting their utmost effort into is nearly complete. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I expect it will become their greatest masterpiece. I couldn’t help it. I just wanted to say ‘Kept you waiting, huh?’ But even if this is the end, Metal Gear Solid is immortal!”
The most important piece of info from Otsuka’s Tweet is that he claims Kojima Productions was forced to disband by Konami. This is in line with the aggressive manner in which Konami has attempted to apparently erase all ties they had with Kojima, which included pulling his name from the credits of all previous Metal Gear titles, only to add Kojima’s name back after severe backlash.
Otsuka’s Tweet is just the latest development in the ongoing saga in which Konami has been painted in an extremely poor light. The once proud company has been fumbling greatly in the eyes of its fans, and Metal Gear Solid 5 isn’t the only game that has been negatively impacted by the mess.
In fact, Silent Hills was cancelled by Konami, and the P.T. demo was completely pulled from the PlayStation Store, also apparently as a part of their campaign to distance themselves from Kojima.
Otsuka’s Tweet offers a little more insight on the turmoil going on at Konami, and hopefully one day we will learn the full story behind why Kojima Productions was forced to disband. It’s possible that this all simply has to do with Konami wanting to focus on mobile games moving forward, and that the company is truly phasing out their console business, despite their claim that they will still develop console games.
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be available September 1st for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. PC gamers will have to wait until September 15th for their chance to get their hands on the much anticipated game.
Source: Game Informer