The latest, and final, versions of Metal Gear Solid V’s box art has been released. Notice anything different?
There’s no sign of Hideo Kojima’s name on it. An older version of the box art had “A Hideo Kojima Game’ right above the game’s title.
This should come as no surprise to anyone who has been following the ongoing Konami/Kojima spat. First, it was removing Kojima’s name from their website. This sparked rumors Kojima’s time with Konami was coming to an end. Then Konami cancelled Silent Hills, a title Kojima was working on.
Konami has taken a scorched earth approach to removing Kojima’s name. His name stopped appearing on marketing material for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain. Even, Twitter accounts were changed.
Last week, Otsuka Akio, the Japanese voice actor for Snake, tweeted: “Kojima Productions was forced to disband, but it appears that the work that the team has been putting their utmost effort into is nearly complete.” (translation via Gematsu)
It’s clear Konami and Kojima are at odds with each other. Reports have Kojima leaving Konami when his contract expires later this year. I will be shocked if he’s still there in 2016.
It doesn’t look like the rift between Konami and Kojima has affected the game at all.
What do you think?
Metal Gear Solid 5 is slated for release on September 1 on consoles and September 15 on PC.