Earlier yesterday, The New Yorker published a story regarding Kojima’s status at Konami. The article stated Kojima had left the company earlier this month following a “heart-felt” farewell party. Tensions between Konami and Kojima have been mounting for the last couple of months, so the move would have come at no surprise. According to Tokyo Sports (translated by Kotaku), Kojima has not left the company and remains an employee at Konami.
Tokyo Sports quoted a Konami employee stating, “Currently, Kojima is a listed as a company employee .” Konami has also come out stating Kojima has not left the company, but has been on “vacation” following the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. According to Tokyo Sports’ source, it’s not uncommon at all for developers to take extended vacations following the release of a console game:
Currently, Kojima and the development team are finished developing Metal Gear Solid V and are taking a long time off from work,” the source stated. “Because the development time for console games is so long and fatigues builds up, it’s common for employees to take extended periods of time of when development is finished.
It’s interesting to note that Kojima’s contract with Konami ends in December, but there hasn’t been any chatter on whether they will resign him, or allow their professional relationship to end after 28 years. Following the cancellation of Silent Hills and the rumors that Konami wants to stray away from the console gaming market, it appeared as though Kojima had already been on his way out. Only time will tell whether Kojima and Konami work out a deal, but the way it looks, Kojima may be on vacation past the December deadline.