Hideo Kojima reportedly leaving Konami after MGSV; What’s to become of Silent Hills?

The internet is freaking out today as reports are suggesting that Konami’s very own Hideo Kojima is leaving the company. The Metal Gear creator and Vice President of Konami appears to be cutting his ties with the company after a reported falling out between his studio Kojima Productions and the publisher. Gamespot’s sources say that Kojima and other senior staff at the company that are no longer with Konami essentially work as contractors now as their employee status has been changed. The source goes on to say that Kojima and other upper management at Kojima Productions will leave Konami in December when their contracts end.

If Kojima Productions is tied to Konami up until the completion of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, what’s to happen to the studio’s following project, Silent Hills? Kojima’s interest in the Silent Hill series has long been known and two years ago he was asked by Konami’s president to make a new game. On August 12, 2014, Silent Hills was announced via the downloadable demo, P.T., releasing on PlayStation Network for the PS4. Working with filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro and Norman Reedus as the lead character, Hideo Kojima’s Silent Hills became a popular topic and talking point for not just fans of the series but many others.

What’s then happen to Silent Hills if Kojima and his studio are leaving Konami? Well, my initial thoughts were fairly optimistic. If Kojima and KojiPro were merely going independent and working as contractors, Silent Hills could still be a project they worked on, but GameSpot’s recent report suggests that Kojima and KojiPro upper management have had a falling out with Konami, meaning there may be some bad blood between the two. The first signs that something was going at Konami were noted by fans of the Metal Gear Solid series that discovered that Hideo Kojima and KojiPro branding was being removed from official Metal Gear Solid V pages. Konami’s response to inquires today is as follows:

“As we have already announced, we are shifting our production structure to a headquarters-controlled system, in order to establish a steadfast operating base capable of responding to the rapid market changes that surround our digital entertainment business. Konami Digital Entertainment (including Mr. Kojima), will continue to develop and support Metal Gear products. Please look forward to future announcements.”

If Hideo Kojima and Kojima Productions are out after MGSV, and the fallout is as bad as it seems between the two parties, the future of Silent Hills seems bleak. The series appeared to finally be put in the light that it deserved, with a full backing in funds and resources from the publisher. Hideo Kojima’s creative talents, as well as a partnership with filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro, made Silent Hills sound too good to be true; hopefully that’s not the case. We’ll report on Silent Hills‘ status if we hear anything.

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COMMENTS

  • Shane

    If Kojima leaves, Konami are doomed. Capcom fell from grace because it’s array of talent started leaving, but Konami have depended on Kojima almost exclusively for years to bring the big hits.

    Outsourcing is always possible (MGR) but not having Kojima in house could be a disaster.

    • Andrey Martim

      MGR had Kojima in the production staff, and KojiPro was partially developing it along Platinum Games… But yeah, Kojima saved Castlevania and was working on Silent Hills, he even lend the Fox Engine to Konami to use in the Pro Evolution Soccer games… Kojima can live without Konami, but Konami will fade without Kojima…

    • Tom Garnes

      I doubt it, most of their money is made from Casino machines and Pachinko machines.

  • Ahmad Al-Hamily

    Oh man! What is wrong with this week? I first I hear news about canceling Twin Peaks 3rd season but then news come out that production was still on and now this?!

    Honestly, Konami should treat their ONLY source of veasable Income with more respectively. Sheesh:(

  • Space Blizzard

    I’d like to imagine the positive response from PT would make Konami continue with the project even without Kojima’s involvement, but maybe not…

    If the game isn’t cancelled I imagine whatever we eventually get will be significantly different from what was originally planned.

  • luigiix

    Good for Kojima. Konami has become a pretty crappy company over the past decade. It would be a shame to see the Silent Hills potential go down the toilet, but considering how bad the last few SH games were, i wouldn’t mind it being put to rest for good.

  • Andrey Martim

    Call me heretic but my concerns are about Metal Gear’s future… For me MGS is the greatest videogame saga of all time, and I believe without Kojima, Konami will milk the franchise like Ubisoft does with Assassin’s Creed… I am afraid…

  • Dimitri Theodosakis

    We know by Gamescom 2015 of Silent Hills Fate, Hopefully not Cancelled

  • Carrie Lasher

    i don’t buy a word of it for a second… not out of denial, just Kojima likes to kick up storms.

  • Equinoqs

    This is why we can’t have nice things.

  • Henrikm

    Maybe he has grown tired how Konami deals with certain things..They did not deal very well with Silent hill HD for example,could have been great,they could atleast made some efforts of fixing the various issues but nothing.

    I think big bosses might have tied Kojima hands,maybe he cant make the games he wants to do and Konami just using his name.

    I for one hope he makes a studio of his own,he could probably afford it and thus has more freedom.

  • Steven Bayne

    I really hope that Silent Hills isn’t affected by all of this. I have been so excited since Kojima and Del Toro have been working on it and I would hate for it to be shot down in flames.

  • franky mcdonald

    (No need to read this) Koji Igarashi Leaves, Dave Cox leaves, Kojima leaves. Their Riding off into the sunset together. products of a distant age. Good for them.
    I’d love to see the future just keep shining, but Fans are turning to other means for amusement. “look at me i’m bread” (dubbed corporate laughter, “how much did we make this time” “remind me in the morning to get rid of those dinosaurs that make expensive games with less profit margins.”)
    The futures bright, gaming’s the biggest it’s ever been.(sarcasm)
    maybe it will take some legends leaving to remind the world of what gamings like without talent.
    When you can yell mega man, and 3 million dollars come rolling in $$$$(dubbed Japanese laughter, from all who know how much it takes to make a Nintendo game)

    Why would a cooperation want to stay together and make quality at such a high risk. when they can split up and make a game using the knowledge they had in high school,and rake in more cash.
    I smell 1983 coming around again, or the new age of enlightenment. time will tell.

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