Newswire: Hideo Kojima leaves Konami, partners with Sony for first game as a free man

It’s finally officially official: Hideo Kojima, the creator of Metal Gear Solid and one of the world’s most famous game developers, is no longer working for Konami. A Japanese newspaper broke the story yesterday and Kojima later confirmed the end of his contract in a tweet, but the details of the fallout remained hazy thanks to a pesky language barrier and the designer’s contractual obligations. Now, after a joint announcement from Sony and Kojima—published the minute his non-complete clause lapsed—we know the developer has been freed from the vindictive, Orwellian working conditions of Konami, which culminated in being barred from appearing on an internet awards show, and he’s taken the Kojima Productions name with him. No details were announced regarding the rest of the developers working at Kojima’s old studio, which is now presumably closed.

This new, independent Kojima Productions has already struck …

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