Cartoon: March 24, 2015

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Konami says Hideo Kojima is just on vacation and hasnt quit

first_imgThe drama and subsequent misinformation regarding the breakup of Hideo Kojima and work (ex?) wife Konami just won’t end. It all began when Silent Hills — hyped beyond belief thanks to both the way in which it was revealed (playable trailer PT) and the fan fiction-like partnership of Kojima, Guillermo del Toro, and Norman Reedus — was unceremoniously and mysteriously canceled. Then, rumors of Kojima’s Konami departure circulated throughout the internet as Konami tried to cover them up. Now, publications like The New Yorker are reporting that Kojima has definitively, officially left Konami, but Konami says that Kojima is simply on vacation. Drama.At least press-wise, Konami has been in turmoil for the past few months, from this ongoing Kojima drama to possibly abandoning AAA game development to instead focus on where the real cash is, mobile and casino gaming. Now, even though reputable publications and coworkers are reporting that Kojima has officially left the company, Konami maintains that he’s just taking a long vacation, because man, developing Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was exhausting and he needs a break. New Yorker contributor Simon Parkin tweeted a photo of Kojima having what appears to be one of those awkward farewell office parties you have for esteemed coworkers, seen below, but it could’ve just been any other kind of awkward office party celebrating Kojima.Here is a photograph of Kojima’s farewell party on October 9th at Konami, which Konami claims no knowledge of: pic.twitter.com/xgRUoYs5qt— Simon Parkin (@SimonParkin) October 20, 2015AdChoices广告According to Tokyo Sports, a Konami spokesperson is responsible for the “on vacation” statement. If Konami is trying to avoid throwing more bad press onto the pile by denying Kojima’s departure, it doesn’t really make sense, because Kojima can just state that, yes, he left the company. Even if he has a non-compete that prevents him from discussing a departure — which has been reported in the past, with an expiration date of December 2015 — it would eventually expire, and he can say that Konami was full of crap this whole time, which would make Konami look pretty silly. Perhaps both sides are at some sort of negotiation standstill. Whatever the case may be, the only “official” word we have from either party is from Konami, and that word says that Kojima is on vacation.last_img read more