Now Loading…Kojima Leaving Konami, and the State of the Metal Gear Franchise

Last week, the gaming world was rocked when rumors started floating that legendary game maker Hideo Kojima was said to be leaving Konami and the Metal Gear Solid franchise after work on The Phantom Pain is completed.

This bit of gossip was further fueled by Konami itself when it removed Kojima’s name and logo from The Phantom Pain’s official site, as well as any recently released media about it. Unfortunately, it seems MGSV: The Phantom Pain will indeed be Kojima’s final Metal Gear game. Even if Konami is already hiring for the next entry in the franchise, it’s safe to say that it will be a lot different given Kojima and his team won’t be working on it.

Well, given all that, we here at PlayStation LifeStyle have more than a few things to say about it — and rightfully so. Check out our thoughts below.

What do you think really happened with Kojima and Konami to cause them to finally part ways? Do you think Kojima will finally retire, be snatched up by a big-time publisher, or go indie? Do let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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