While Konami is more than a gaming company in Japan, one has to wonder if the publisher has any game -- or anyone -- left that can hit millions in sales. And what on earth were they smoking when they let this happen? We don't know the specifics, but it's hard to side with Konami when they've been riding Kojima's ass for this long.
While I don't know what Kojima has planned post MGSV, I do know that if he ever wants to work anywhere, he'll be able to do it. He's Hideo fucking Kojima! I wouldn't be surprised if Sony, Microsoft or other companies are already calling him now.
Some might hate how Kojima makes games, but not me. I'm a big Metal Gear fan, and I consider Kojima (and his team) a genius. Oh, well. At this frees him up to finally create the game he really wants, no?
Well, with the confirmation that Konami is hiring for a new Metal Gear game/series, so I think this had to do with disputes between how Kojima wanted Metal Gear to go and what Konami wanted from it.
As their currently most successful series of titles, Konami will absolutely continue to make Metal Gear games, but will they retain the same charm they once had, or will they take the sinking plunge into becoming a methodical, corporate bullshit franchise? Kojima gave Metal Gear a lot of heart and personality. I'm not sure if anyone else can bring it to that same level.
I don't think it is impossible for a new developer to take the reins for MGS and create something as equally interesting or entertaining. But, my biggest concern regarding Kojima's departure is what Konami is going to do with the franchise.
With so many established franchises hitting annual releases, I could see that they would want to shorten the time between releases and monetize on the IP more. Hopefully this won't be the case, but what ever happens, we will at least have The Phantom Pain.
The situation with Kojima and Konami is unfortunate but I honestly don't blame the guy. He doesn't want to be stuck as the Metal Gear guy forever and Konami likely denied him the freedom he deserved. Hopefully KojiPro goes completely independent or is able to get bought up by someone who will treat them with respect to create what they want to, and not the same franchise over and over.
One has to wonder if Kojima-san's unhappiness (or whatever you want to call it) with Konami dates back to Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. There's a game that started out playing somewhat like a Metal Gear game, but Kojima didn't like the direction it was headed and left the development process. Anyone that has played the game all the way through knows exactly where he stepped away and where someone else stepped in.
That begs the question: Can anyone else create a true Metal Gear game that isn't named Hideo Kojima?
Metal Gear Solid is likely here to stay. There's many more stories that can be told in that universe. You can only stick with one creative venture for so long. I think this may be Kojima's way of branching out. A terrifyingly awesome idea just occurred to me: imagine if he joined The Last Guardian's team? I already know the answer: we'd never see the game.
Perhaps Kojima will take some of his personal fortune, found a new independent company, and start an entirely new franchise that we all fall in love with all over again. That'd be best, I think.