Konami Removes Kojima’s Name, Logo From MGSV Website

March 20, 2015 Written by Heath Hindman

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While Japanese gamers recently celebrated to learn that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is set to arrive in stores on Sept. 2 (meaning, thankfully, that’s one fewer that would’ve required waiting in mile-long TGS lines), the good news isn’t without the bad…or awkward. It’s not necessarily bad news about the game itself, but the uncomfortable social spat between publisher Konami and director Hideo Kojima is becoming unsettling.

As background for those who don’t yet know, Kojima is said to be leaving Konami after he’s finished with MGSV, while Konami is planning to continue the series.

But in what may be a legal move or may be high school bullshit, the Kojima Productions logo and the phrase “A Hideo Kojima Game” have been removed from the official Japanese Metal Gear Solid V website.

But it doesn’t stop in Japan, apparently. While typing this up, I realized it’s happening everywhere. So there’s that.

What are your thoughts on this? Is a simple disagreement becoming a war of words and passive-aggressive slaps? Something more? Something less?