Kojima Productions has vanished. What does this mean for us?
From fans noticing Kojima's name being removed from Metal Gear Solid 5 artwork, to Kojima Productions vanishing, to the L.A. counterpart being renamed to Konami Los Angeles Studios... quite a bit has transpired these past few days. Rumors spread like wildfire, and we're still trying to make sense of it all. So what does this all mean?
First off, Metal Gear fans shouldn't worry about the upcoming game, as he and Konami have issued a joint statement right after the news of Kojima leaving the company:
Thank you for your continued patronage of KONAMI products and services.
The latest title in the METAL GEAR series,“METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN” (below, “MGSV: TPP”), will be released as planned starting on Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 in North America, Latin America, and Europe, followed by Japan and Asia on Wednesday, September 2nd. Hideo Kojima will remain involved throughout.
Hideo Kojima stated, "I want to reassure fans that I am 100% involved and will continue working on METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN; I’m determined to make it the greatest game I’ve directed to date. Don’t miss it!"
In addition, KONAMI will continue to develop and distribute top-quality content in the METAL GEAR series following “MGSV: TPP.” We greatly anticipate and deeply appreciate your ongoing support for METAL GEAR.
As the next step in the series, KONAMI has already resolved to develop new “METAL GEAR”.
The publishers have stated that after The Phantom Pain, they will continue to make more Metal Gear games in the future. But of course, without Kojima.
But as for Silent Hills? That is the question. Kojima is (or was?) the director and producer for Silent Hills, so with him not being around now, no one knows what's going on. This makes me terribly sad. I love the first games in the series, and P.T. was so terrifying that I couldn't even continue playing, which was really promising for me! So this could mean that they either cancel the new Silent Hill title (which I personally think is doubtful), or bring someone new on board to complete the work. All I have to say is, I think I'd almost rather be denied a Silent Hill game as opposed to being let down... again. Guess we'll have to wait and see what's announced next!
What are your thoughts? What are you crossing your fingers for? Let me know in the comments!
Source: Den of Geek