Kojima Fired Because of Overspending, Konami Cuts Costs

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Metal Gear Solid's Kojima Productions end of an era
Kojima Productions Dissolve

Metal Gear Solid composer Rika Muranaka has revealed on a podcast that Metal Gear Creator Hideo Kojima was fired by Konami because the company was cutting-costs while Kojima was overspending.

It has been difficult for fans to accept and wholly understand why Kojima will be parting ways with Konami as there have been no official statements from both sides. Song Composer of Metal Gear Solid 1-3 Rika Muranaka however gave a tangible explanation to the break-up, with Codec Podcast Host Daley claiming in a YouTube Video that he was exclusively told the information in private, a report said.

Daley claimed that Muranaka thinks the fallout occurred because of Kojima?s ambition to make Metal Gear Solid V the best game his team could make, causing Konami to shell-out more than its intended budget and spark numerous delays before the game can be outed.

It was also claimed that Kojima receives a fixed salary, meaning he doesn?t reap bonuses from the game selling well but also won?t suffer or benefit from what happens to the game. This made Konami unhappy as Kojima was unaffected by the costs of a bigger production and delays

?He gets paid a certain amount no matter what, and he was spending so much money and delaying the project, and adding all these features and making sure the game was the biggest and best thing it could be, and Konami was unhappy with that because [delaying] has no effect on him,? Daley said.

Daley claimed that Muranaka sees Kojima as a ?fantastic creator? but lacks the financial sense that Konami wanted him to have. ?While instead of, for example, cutting corners by lowering foliage resolution, he wants to make sure everything looks as good and polished as possible,? Daley said.

Song Composer Scrapped To Cut Costs

Muranaka was even made to write numerous songs for past Metal Gear games but ended up being unused because of Kojima was a perfectionist.

?She said they paid for her to write 30-40 songs that ended up not being used, and he?d tell her to write another one, then another one, then another one, because he settles for what he likes and has a good mind for what people want to see and what people want to her??

It was claimed that Konami was cutting-costs as Muranaka was not hired for MGS V: The Phantom Pain.

The claims may probably be true as MGS V looks to be literally the biggest MSG game ever made as it looks to be roughly 60 times bigger than MGS V: Ground Zeroes.

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One of the few locations in MGSV: The Phantom Pain

One of the few locations in MGS V: The Phantom Pain

If Muranaka?s claims are proven to be true, then it just means that both Konami and Kojima made mistakes of their own. It also means that Kojima is truly a passionate developer who is determined to make his last Metal Gear game a masterpiece.

You can watch the whole revelation. It starts at around the 1:45:00 mark.

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