The public spat between Kojima Productions and Konami has become extremely petty in recent weeks and culminated with the final retail artwork removing any mention of Kojima Productions. Previously, Metal Gear Solid V was proudly displayed at press events as a Hideo Kojima game and advertised on the basis of his reputation.
So what caused such a bitter rift between both parties? Nothing has been confirmed but rumours suggest the fiery exchange revolved around the implementation of microtransactions. Supposedly, Konami wanted to enhance the game’s momentary avenues and Kojima was vehemently against this. However, this is all speculation and there could be other underlying tensions which may have been going on for some time.
Konami’s handling of the affair has been nothing short of a PR disaster. They cancelled production of Silent Hills and removed the publicly available demo. This caused a great deal of controversy as the demo was well received and offered a terrifying experience which many modern horror games fail to reproduce.
This follows the recent news from Otsuka Akio, the Japanese voice actor for Solid Snake who said,
“[Kojima Productions] has been disbanded,”
“It appears that the work that the team has been putting their utmost effort into is nearly complete.”
Metal Gear Solid V will be released on September 1st on Playstion 4, Playstation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360. The PC version is estimated to arrive two weeks after this launch date.
Are you looking forward to the game or do you feel this escapade has reduced your enthusiasm?
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