It’s no secret that Konami and video game visionary Hideo Kojima have had a rocky relationship over the past few months. In fact, the rift between the two has become so vast that both are reportedly parting ways after Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is completed. Recently, further intimations of the gulf between the game development company and the creator of Metal Gear Solid surfaced after both parties were absent from the annual Famitsu Awards in Japan.
The story over what caused the break between the creative partnership is still unclear since both have remained somewhat silent on the matter. Even so, it’s obvious that the two entities have fallen out of each others’ favors, especially after Konami’s cancellation of Silent Hills, the Kojima-helmed reboot of the popular horror franchise. Today, more conjectural fuel has been added to the inferno of speculation after Konami has supposedly gotten YouTube to take down a video purported to be about their strained relationship with Hideo Kojima.
After initially removing and re-adding mentions of Kojima’s name from Metal Gear Solid branding and websites a few months back, Konami already has a lot of negative PR built up between itself and fans, and the aforementioned video piles on even more. Apparently, rumors have been circulating around the game developer’s offices that “hundreds of people will lose their jobs” and that “Konami is going to burn the entire MGS franchise to the ground.” To add more insult to injury, the company is allegedly trying to get employees to quit on their own terms after subjecting them to “frequent black-outs, security doors not working, and people being forced to move desks every few days.”
It’s important to reiterate that all of this information was shared in anonymity. And whether or not these awful claims are proven to be true, it’s understandable that no one wants to be connected with leaking such knowledge for fear of losing their job. But with the sources behind the video being in question, the veracity of their assertions are completely suspect. Although, after the strange news of Konami removing itself from the New York Stock Exchange a little over a week ago, and with the company’s reluctance to address fans’ 50,000 signature petition to put Silent Hills back into reproduction, a lot of the allegations do seem rather believable.
At this point for Konami, it doesn’t really matter whether or not the charges put forth in the pulled video are accurate. What’s critical for the company now is how they respond to it. If they make no statement regarding the accusations, then most folks are going to continue to assume that the claims are true. But, even if they just make a veiled insinuation as to why the content was taken down, at least a little bit of this public relations disaster will be mitigated with a simple press release. To put it simply, some people just want the issue to be addressed rather than ignored.
Essentially, the Konami and Kojima controversy will continue unabated as all we have to go on are theories and guesswork to fill the gaps left by both of the game developers who are staying relatively quiet on the subject.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is scheduled to be Hideo Kojima’s last release for Konami‘s franchise and is set to launch on September 1, 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PCs worldwide.