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Konami has disputed a report that acclaimed video game director Hideo Kojima had left the company on October 9th, 2015. The original report published by the New Yorker detailed a leaving party held for Kojima, attended by around a hundred fellow Kojima Productions staff. According to the anonymous attendee, the party was “a rather cheerful but also emotional goodbye” and he added that he did not see Konami’s president, Hideki Hayakawa, or its C.E.O., Sadaaki Kaneyoshi.
Here is a photograph of Kojima's farewell party on October 9th at Konami, which Konami claims no knowledge of: pic.twitter.com/xgRUoYs5qt
— Simon Parkin (@SimonParkin) October 20, 2015
Adding even more confusion to the already enigmatic relationship between Kojima and Konami, a spokesperson for the Japanese company has stated:
“Currently, Kojima and the development team are finished developing Metal Gear Solid V 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.”
When asked about the farewell party, Konami replied, “We’re not sure what kind of thing this was.” Other sources have claimed that Kojima’s contract ends in December so perhaps this so-called “vacation” is just a formality before his official departure. Surely this is something lost in translation, what do you think?