According to a source speaking with the New Yorker said on Friday, October 9th, Hideo Kojima left the Tokyo offices of Konami, the video-game company where he had worked since 1986, for the last time. The departure ceremony, according to one of the hundred or so guests who attended, and who asked that I not use his name, took place at Kojima Productions, the director’s in-house studio, and was “a rather cheerful but also emotional goodbye.” He said that he did not see Konami’s president, Hideki Hayakawa, or its C.E.O., Sadaaki Kaneyoshi, at the party, but some of Kojima’s colleagues from other studios showed up to pay their respects, as did many of the people who worked on his most recent directorial project, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
The New Yorker also stated that Kojima has a non-compete clause that expires in December (which we’d heard previously). The specifics of this aren’t clear, but it likely means he’ll have to wait until then before being able to sign on with another company. We have first heard his contract was due up in December but it looks like that was just the non compete.
Sad day for Kojima fans and a sad day in Konami’s history indeed.