Konami says Hideo Kojima has not left, he’s only on vacation

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Contradictory information are multiplying around the start of the emblematic figure of the Konami publisher: Hideo Kojima. At that point the publisher disclaims any separation.

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Since yesterday, Konami plays a funny game: for the publisher, Hideo Kojima, the Company started rumors at the end of the implementation of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain that have multiplied lately, Hideo Kojima is not gone, but had simply taken a few weeks off:

“Currently, Kojima is listed as a company employee [at Konami],” as per a translated comment on Tokyo Sports website from an unknown Konami spokesperson.

“Currently, Kojima and the development team are finished developing Metal Gear Solid 5 and are taking a long time off from work.”

“Because the development time for console games is so long and fatigue builds up, it’s common for employees to take extended periods of time off when development is finished.”

Here is a photograph of Kojima’s farewell party on October 9th at Konami, Konami qui claims no knowledge of: pic.twitter.com/xgRUoYs5qt

– Simon Parkin (SimonParkin) October 20, 2015

What the New Yorker responds with a cliché in which we can see the master of video games holding a drink in his hand accompanied by many office people who toast in his honor. This may well be a farewell, or just a tradition at the end of the development of a game or anything else.

According to an inside source to Konami, the contract between the publisher Hideo Kojima would expire in December and the developer would not have the intention to renew it.