Snake voice actor Akio Otsuka has revealed on Twitter that Kojima Productions was “forced to disband” following the high profile split between Konami and Metal Gear Creator Hideo Kojima. In a farewell message, Ostuka wrote (translation courtesy of Gematsu):
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. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I expect it will become their greatest masterpiece. I couldn’t help it. I just wanted to say ‘Kept you waiting, huh?’ (Laughs.) But even if this is the end, Metal Gear Solid is immortal!”
While we’ve already heard reports of the company disbanding in the past, Ostuka’s tweet has said it outright. It’s unclear how Kojima Production employees will be affected, but according to previous reports, senior team members are working on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain as contractors as opposed to permanent employees.
We wish everyone the best of luck.