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Kojima Leaving Konami A Blessing In Disguise?
I have been a fan of Hideo Kojima’s games since my introduction to Metal Gear Solid: Tactical Espionage at the age of twelve. Since then his games have taken me on an emotional roller coaster that I have enjoyed, over and over. They helped sculpt me into the person I am today, and I’ve learned many valuable lessons. I was saddened when the rumors started surfacing that Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater was to be his last game, I wanted more MGS games. Then again the rumors surfaced after Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots was announced. I started to wonder what was going on over at Konami. Again with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, this is to be Hideo Kojima’s last MGS, yet the series is going to continue on with out him. So where do we go from here?
“This fourth is going to be the final one for me and Shinkawa. There are other things that we want to create.” Hideo Kojima
Kojima is obviously the brain child behind the MGS series and the genius and love shines brightly from the it. It’s safe to say that MGS is Kojima, but how does Kojima feel about handing this series over to someone else? Assuming that he wanted to stop making MGS games after the third installment, did that also mean that he wanted the series to stop there? Is it possible that Konami was holding Kojima captive with his own game? What’s it store for Kojima productions after the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain?
By now most of us have heard about the strange events taking place at Konami. Kojima Productions has basically been reduced to being a contractor company, their logo has been removed from all promotions, and their access to corporate email, phones and internet has been limited. Konami has already announced that they are going to be working on a new MGS series, and Kojima has express that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain would be his last. Could that have been the very reason they are currently having this clash in the first place?
Most people are still questioning what will happen with MGSV and the rest of the series, but what I want to find out is, what new creations will Kojima create after the Phantom Pain is released? It’s time we see a new Kojima creation, but what will it be and when will it happen? It’s not to hard to believe that he already has multiple projects on the back burner for just such an occasion. Kojima has always has tricks up his sleeves when it comes to promotions and keeping secrets. Is it a stretch of the imagination to think that a portion of has already been developing another game in secret?
Kojima has spent years under the Konami banner and honed his skills as a game director, now that he may finally have free reign to work on what ever project he wants, this could be a true blessing in disguise. Kojima has a loyal following that will follow him to his next project. With crowd funding and other options, finances will not be an issue. Kojima has work in the video game industryfor over twenty-seven years, he knows game development on an intimate level. He may lose the rights to the MGS franchise, but his experiences and skills can not be taken away, qnd this is why I look forward to the next Kojima game.Kojima has helped shape the direction of video games with a single game series, what can he do when he has the ability to create what he wants to?