The effects of a very private feud between Konami and Hideo Kojima are finally coming to light. In an announcement over Twitter, Akio Otsuka (the Japanese voice actor for Solid Snake) has confirmed the closure of Kojima Productions.
“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,” Otsuka said in the post.
Strangely enough, this is one the most official statements regarding the recent disputes between Konami and Kojima Productions. Konami’s transition from a focus on AAA to mobile games has generated a lot of rumours of discord. The decision to remove P.T. from the PlayStation Network and the changing of many of Kojima’s high ranking staff (including Hideo himself) from employees to contractors are seen as evidence of the dissent within the company’s ranks.
However, Otsuka was quick to state that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions final game) would not be adversely affected by this decision.
“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?’ (Laughs.) But even if this is the end, Metal Gear Solid is immortal!”