Hideo Kojima Leaves Konami, Opens His Own Studio
Following months of public bitterness, Hideo Kojima and his longtime publisher Konami have parted ways.By Matt Picht | December 15, 2015
It's finally over. Per a report from Japanese newspaper Nikkei, vaunted video game developer Hideo Kojima has officially separated with his longtime employer, Konami.
Kojima's nearly 30-year history with Konami has been largely defined by the blockbuster "Metal Gear Solid" series. But developing the latest entry in the franchise proved too costly for Konami, which has been moving away from big-budget games.
The strained relationship has been evident for months, in everything from Konami canceling Kojima's "Silent Hill" project to scrubbing his name from the "Metal Gear Solid V" box art to his very public absence at the recent Game Awards.