Hideo Kojima and Konami may have parted ways last year, but the fallout from their ugly divorce continues to create news throughout the gaming industry. The latest tension between the two parties occurred earlier this week in the 2016 D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, and Entertain) awards in Las Vegas.
Kojima and Konami still At Odds over Phantom Pain
The pair?s final creation together, last year?s critically acclaimed?Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, was named the best adventure game at the show. Kojima was in attendance and graced the stage just moments earlier to accept a Hall of Fame award from his friend and former collaborator, filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro. However, a?strange turn of events ended with neither Kojima nor a representative from Konami going on stage to accept the award for the Phantom Pain. Jordan Mechner, creator of Prince of Persia, and Kiki Wolfkill, executive producer at 343 Industries, the presenters of the award, ended up accepting it on their behalf.
Polygon managed to get a statement from the producers of the awards show regarding the bizarre stand-off. Here?s what they said:
“Konami was unable to send someone to the awards and Kojima-San preferred not to accept it. The Academy thought the solution of having the presenters accept on behalf of the title was best for all parties.”
This isn?t the first time the two parties have caused controversy at an awards show. During last December?s Game Awards, host Geoff Keighley revealed on stage that Konami had barred Kojima from attending the ceremony.
The Phantom Pain?s creation has been fraught with controversy. Shortly after it was released, gamers discovered that the 51st mission was cut from the game for mysterious reasons. Some fans believe that the omitted content may have helped give closure to the game?s less than satisfying conclusion, but we won?t ever know until Konami makes it available.
Kojima?s rocky relationship with his former employer made video gaming headlines for much of last year. Silent Hills, the much-hyped psychological horror game he was working on with Del Toro and The Walking Dead?s Norman Reedus, was mysteriously cancelled by Konami in early 2015. Following that, Kojima?s name was stripped from the Metal Gear Solid 5 The Phantom Pain?s retail box art prior to its release. Kojima Productions, the in-house studio he founded to make Silent Hills and The Phantom Pain, was subsequently shuttered as well.
Kojima?s decision to distance himself from the Phantom Pain and Konami is a definite sign that he no longer wants to be associated with either.