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Hideo Kojima

Back in May Hideo Kojima and Geoff Keighley were pictured at Konami’s Midtown HQ posing in front of Godzilla. This surprise meeting brought up obvious questions, was Kojima finally breaking his silence about his current situation? Was this just a meeting for Geoff’s next Video Game Awards event? All seemed probable at the time.

It seems though, we will finally know on Monday with the full premiere of the 6 minute Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain trailer edited by Kojima himself at 11am(PST) what that meeting was indeed all about.

 

Geoff also said this on twitter.

Bittersweet indeed :(.

Be sure to join us tomorrow morning on our Twitch channel for the 9am tease then 11am full premier with other Metal Gear fans for this special moment.

News come from the Official Metal Gear Solid ENG Twitter account. JF Rey has launched their range of MGSV glasses, including designs worn by Kojima, Kaz and Ocelot. Not going to lie. These would look good on anyone. You can even Print your Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain eyewear! Those prices though! Here is the official line from JF Rey:

JF Rey has launched their range of MGSV glasses

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On the occasion of the release of the new opus of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Hideo Kojima and Jean-François Rey join to create an exceptional optical and sunglasses frames capsule collection. Creative, strong design and top of the range, this special edition promises to seduce the most faithful fans of both creators. Unexpected on the gaming scene, the collaboration will be unveiled in April and will be soon available on amazon.fr retail website.

GET FABULOUS!

[UPDATE]

YT E3 LIVE SCHEDULE
(ALL PT)

DON’T FORGET! MGN will be airing this LIVE on our Twitch channel so join us and many more for the reveal!!

9 AM – 9:30 AM
YouTube Live @ E3 kicks off with a jam-packed half-hour. Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and Telltale Games’ Kevin Brunner stop by to make a major Walking Dead announcement. Then, Bethesda’s Pete Hines visits for the first media interview about the news from Sunday night’s Bethesda’s E3 showcase. Also, don’t miss the world premiere of the new story trailer for MAD MAX, and an exclusive sneak peek at the epic 6 minute E3 trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain from Hideo Kojima. Plus, we’re joined by familiar YouTube faces MattPatt (TheGameTheorists) and Screw Attack, plus Danny O’Dwyer from GameSpot.

11 AM – 11:30 AM:
Immediately following the Xbox press conference, we’re back at our studio with major world premieres. First, don’t miss the exclusive reveal of the 6 minute E3 trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, personally edited by Hideo Kojima. Then, see the first-ever live demo of LEGO Dimensions with the reveal of new worlds and characters. Plus, Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford comes by to debut the E3 demo of Battleborn.


You feel it too don’t you!

What song will he use for this epic final trailer?!?! What should we expect?!?! *breathe breathe* MGN will be airing this LIVE on our Twitch channel so join us and many more for the reveal!!

Hideo Kojima has shared details about the artist behind the amazing new key visual for MGSV:TPP and where to get your hands on the posters of it around Japan after E3.

Milford Coppock Managing Art Editor at OPM also tweeted this…

More of Uchida’s incredible work can be seen below. Visit his website for more.

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Via videogamer.com

Hideo Kojima was “fired” by upper management at Konami, according to tweets made by Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes voice actress Donna Burke.

“Yes don’t throw away the Kojima teams work over the last 5 years because upper management fired a genius,” Burke tweeted earlier today.

When asked whether she had just confirmed that Kojima was fired, Burke replied: “yes but it’s been out in the media for weeks..but it’s true”

A Konami representative has denied Burke’s claims, telling VideoGamer.com that the suggestion Kojima has been fired is “categorically incorrect”.

What a mess we still have here. At this point, I strongly feel Konami needs to be more transparent on what ACTUALLY HAPPENED because clearly the community and fans alike actually care what went down. I think good or bad Konami would save themselves a ton of headaches if they just came clean with this mess instead of us learning about this or that from random news outlets and hearsay sources.

source: VG.com

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An interview done with GamePark which was translated on reddit a couple days ago had all the signs of being legit but since I was not familiar with the site I was reluctant to relay the report due to the large amount of speculation and rumors and false reports out there right now but it looks to be confirmed due to Konami’s new Japanese Metal Gear twitter account retweeting the interview link.

The interview says the following:

Konami Spokesman: Director Kojima will continue being the director of the “Metal Gear” Series

Many users have voiced their anxiety on the upcoming release MGSV:TPP, Game*Spark and Konami’s Editorial Department has provided some answers:

     Will Kojima Productions be disbanded?
     Yes. All releases previously made under different studios will be centralized and coordinated from headquarters.

     Will Kojima be leaving his position?
     Kojima will remain the director of the “Metal Gear” series. He will continue to innovate with new ideas as creator.

     What about talks of him stepping down as director? Are those true?
     He is still one of our employees, and is continuing to work full-strength on “MGSV:TPP”.

     And is it true that he has been changed to a contract employee?
     We cannot reveal private details.

     Is it true that KojiPro’s staff have restricted internet and e-mail access?
     It is true that the reorganization has resulted in this. This is done in order to provide a greater development environment.

     In that case, will Kojima be less available for interviews?
     As a result, yes.

So it seems the source from GameSpot was pretty accurate but it still remains unclear if Kojima will be the Director after this upcoming December when his contract ends. My guess would be no but, there is always wishful thinking. Another fact that shows that the information we got from the GameSpot source appears from Senior Producer Ken Ichiro Imaizumi of now dissolved Kojima Productions on his linkedin profile as seen below confirming his now “contractor” status which we also assume most of KojiPro’s other senior staff members are as well.

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source: Reddit / JunkerHq / Gamepark

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Via Konami:

To Customers,

Thank you for your continued patronage of KONAMI products and services.

The latest title in the METAL GEAR series,“METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN” (below, “MGSV: TPP”), will be released as planned starting on Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 in North America, Latin America, and Europe, followed by Japan and Asia on Wednesday, September 2nd. Hideo Kojima will remain involved throughout.

Hideo Kojima stated,

“I want to reassure fans that I am 100% involved and will continue working on METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN; I’m determined to make it the greatest game I’ve directed to date. Don’t miss it!”

In addition, KONAMI will continue to develop and distribute top-quality content in the METAL GEAR series following “MGSV: TPP.” We greatly anticipate and deeply appreciate your ongoing support for METAL GEAR.

As the next step in the series, KONAMI has already resolved to develop new “METAL GEAR”.

We will be conducting interviews for main staff to lead the development.

Via GameSpot by Peter Brown and Rob Crossley:

A fallout between Kojima Productions and its owning publisher, Konami, has led to senior staff at the studio being restricted access to corporate internet, emails, and phone, GameSpot understands.

Along with the restricted communications, key developers at the studio, such as Hideo Kojima, will now have limited opportunities to lend their appearance to promotions of the studio’s upcoming game, Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.

Power struggles between Kojima Productions and Konami have led the publisher to make drastic changes, including the employee status of its Metal Gear team. Some senior staff at the studio, including Kojima, now essentially work as contractors, not permanent employees.

The extraordinary measures were revealed by a source within the studio, speaking to GameSpot on the condition of anonymity. The person explained that, once the Phantom Pain project is finished, in all likelihood the management at the studio will disband.

“After we finish MGSV, Mr. Kojima and upper management will leave Konami. They said their contract ends in December,” the source claimed.

The person added: “At a team meeting, Mr Kojima explained that team have to be one and make a good game for fans.”

Source: Gamespot

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