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Hideo Kojima Departure Ceremony Photo Surfaces, Konami Denies Kojima?s Parting With The Company

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Metal Gear Solid Creator Hideo Kojima has earlier been reported to have officially left publisher Konami on October 9, thus, disenabling him to work further on the MGS franchise. Konami was quick to react that Kojima is still under their care, however, Kojima?s farewell party photos have now reportedly surfaced online. Who should we believe?

Hideo Kojima Departure Farewell Party

Simon Perkin, the writer from New Yorker who broke the news on Kojima?s departure, has now posted a photo of the departure ceremony?after Konami said Perkin?s report was a lie. According to Perkin, ?around a dozen? of the people in the photo are from Konami corporate. The photo was obtained from a source who was at the party, Perkin said.

Konami Denies Hideo Kojima Departure Report

When news from The New Yorker broke out, a spokesman from Konami denied the claims and said they were unaware of a farewell ceremony held at Kojima Productions, CG Magazine reported. ?We?re not sure what kind of thing this was,? the Konami spokesman told Tokyo Sports in an interview.

The Konami spokesman said the development team has just finished working on Metal Gear Solid 5 The Phantom Pain and Kojima might have merely went into a ?long-term vacation? as he might experienced fatigue. ?Currently, Kojima and the development team are finished developing Metal Gear Solid V and are taking a long time off from work.?

The spokesperson said it is usual for their employees to take long vacations after finishing development on a game. He also directly commented on the report from the New Yorker: ?We?re not sure what kind of thing this was,? he said. ?Currently, Kojima is listed as a company employee [at Konami].

Hideo Kojima directed, produced, wrote, and designed all the console versions of Metal Gear Solid including Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. What will happen to the MGS franchise if rumors are true that he has officially left the company?

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