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Posted 3/24/15
Kojima stated he was going to leave Konami after Phantom Pain. Konami is going to continue with future Metal Gear games but apparently they're not going to have Kojima involved. What to you guys think?
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Posted 3/24/15 , edited 4/9/15
Yeah, he's on to bigger and better things while Konami will be damned to milk Metal Gear until they file for bankruptcy.
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Posted 3/24/15 , edited 4/13/15
Metal Gear will never be the same.....I don't want to be overly pessimistic, but the future of gaming is looking slightly bleak and overly commercialized (Also I know gaming companies need to make money and will milk their series if it is raking in the dough such as call of duty, but that I think really narrows down the creative prospects of game makers with companies riding "winning formulas" even if it means reselling a seemingly "reskinned" game to consumers year after year). I mean we've seen it happen with other companies as well. For example SEGA is not the company it once was having struggled to try to get it's mascot Sonic back in the limelight with little to no success. Nintendo is having trouble in the home console market woes with trying to compete with the Xbox one and PS4 with a very gimmicky console (not saying the Wii U was a failure, but with it's niche isn't going to compete with Microsoft, Sony, or obviously PC gaming outside of it's first party titles). Capcom has also made some strange decisions such as not giving the Megaman IP any love while also letting Keiji Inafune go similarly to how Kojima will leave Konami. Another example is Clover Studios dissolving to form platinum games from Capcom as well. I'm sure there are other notable creative minds that have left major gaming corporations as well. Also with the current gen consoles there seems to be a lack of depth in the library of games outside a vast assortment of First Person Shooters and Sandbox/Open World styled games (at the moment at least). It might just be me being a bit bitter and pessimistic as I grew up first playing on the N64/PS1, then to the Gamecube/PS2, and Wii/PS3 (though not as great as the consoles mentioned before them), and those were all great consoles in themselves. But the landscape of gaming has changed drastically thus resulting in a different generation and subculture of what encompasses videogames in themselves now a days. Although thankfully we have remasters, series that have stood the test of time with sequels still coming out to this day, among other things that allow gaming to still feel warm and enjoyable beyond multiplayer functionality and social integration. That is all though sorry for my long winded answer and rant also everyone has their own varying opinions on this matter, and views gaming different probably but these are just my own personal thoughts on this matter.
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Posted 3/25/15 , edited 4/9/15
I agree, I feel like companies are making bad choices lately and popular next gen games are old remastered good games. Not saying that they're bad but I want new ideas other than continuous (milked) sequels or remastered games. As for Kojima wherever he goes (hopefully Platinum) odds are he's going to turn it into gold.
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Posted 3/26/15
Oh man talk about Konami's ball breaking moment.

I'm proud of you Kojima, you sexy never aging man.
Go forth and make/do whatever the hell you want.
(I'm forever his awful twitter stalker but fuck MGS, I've played enough and I love his work but it's time to move on)
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Posted 3/26/15
Bad times for Konami.

Castlevania went down hill after the shift to 3D.

PES got over taken by Fifa's resources, and despite fighting its way back to being a quality football game, no one takes any notice of it these days.

And now MGS which was growing somewhat old, has lost the genius behind it.

Konami as a game's developer, losing it's relevance.
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Posted 3/26/15 , edited 4/13/15

KMacDW wrote:

Bad times for Konami.

Castlevania went down hill after the shift to 3D.

PES got over taken by Fifa's resources, and despite fighting its way back to being a quality football game, no one takes any notice of it these days.

And now MGS which was growing somewhat old, has lost the genius behind it.

Konami as a game's developer, losing it's relevance.


Cause Lords Of Shadow and it's sequel were so bad.. wait, they were awesome.
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Posted 3/26/15

Kerst wrote:


KMacDW wrote:

Bad times for Konami.

Castlevania went down hill after the shift to 3D.

PES got over taken by Fifa's resources, and despite fighting its way back to being a quality football game, no one takes any notice of it these days.

And now MGS which was growing somewhat old, has lost the genius behind it.

Konami as a game's developer, losing it's relevance.


Cause Lords Of Shadow and it's sequel were so bad.. wait, they were awesome.
Yet still the fanbase cries out for a Symphony of the Night follow up. I'm not saying the Castlevania games are bad, I'm just saying they aren't the big name titles they once were.

Late 90/early noughties Konami had 4 juggernaut IPs (don't forget Silent Hill) in the world of gaming. Now they may soon have none.

I was always a big Konami fan so it's kind of sad. Their E3 pre-show was always my favorite but even that's gone :(

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Posted 3/26/15
While I'm not necessarily the biggest fan of Kojima, I think this is probably a good thing for him and maybe even, at least in the long run, for Konami too. Kojima's been saying for years that he was going to quit working on Metal Gear, that this next Metal Gear was going to be the last one. Leaving Konami will finally force Kojima to do something other than Metal Gear and that might be good for him as a game creator. And as for Konami, maybe it will get them to stop focusing so much on Metal Gear and get back into making a full variety of games. It will also force them to stop relying on Kojima for so much and instead maybe create room for up and coming creators who would probably kill for a shot at working with some of Konami's IP.
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Posted 3/26/15 , edited 3/26/15

KMacDW wrote:


Kerst wrote:


KMacDW wrote:

Bad times for Konami.

Castlevania went down hill after the shift to 3D.

PES got over taken by Fifa's resources, and despite fighting its way back to being a quality football game, no one takes any notice of it these days.

And now MGS which was growing somewhat old, has lost the genius behind it.

Konami as a game's developer, losing it's relevance.


Cause Lords Of Shadow and it's sequel were so bad.. wait, they were awesome.
Yet still the fanbase cries out for a Symphony of the Night follow up. I'm not saying the Castlevania games are bad, I'm just saying they aren't the big name titles they once were.

Late 90/early noughties Konami had 4 juggernaut IPs (don't forget Silent Hill) in the world of gaming. Now they may soon have none.

I was always a big Konami fan so it's kind of sad. Their E3 pre-show was always my favorite but even that's gone :(



Tha'ts not because it isn't in 3d that's because it was the most popular Castlevania game to ever exist and you got to play as someone better than a Belmont.

I won't miss Kojima even the slightest he could stop altogether for all I care.
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Posted 3/27/15 , edited 4/13/15
I thought he was going to leave after MGR: 2, I mean, it WAS announced recently so why not leave after that?
Revengence was a great spin off <3
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Posted 4/9/15
Sad if it's true but I hope he gives us a new Zone of the Enders first.
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Posted 4/21/15
So whats happening to silent hills??
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Posted 4/21/15
They shouldn't continue Metal Gear. If it's a Japanese team taking over, I'm willing to give it a shot but I won't expect much. If it's a western dev, it'll definitely be the death of it. It'll be like Castlevania.
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Posted 4/22/15

MisterMystery wrote:

Metal Gear will never be the same.....I don't want to be overly pessimistic, but the future of gaming is looking slightly bleak and overly commercialized.


Don't worry, doesn't sound pessimestic, just pretentious.

Don't you think it's a little bit of a bold statement to say the least, that gaming in its entirety as a media is "looking slightly bleak and overly commercialezed" ?

Kojima leaving Konami is not a big deal.
In what way has the company been relevant outside of MGS and Silent Hill 1-3 anyway?
Kojima too is a one-trick pony thus far, his Zone of the Enders was pretty much a failure, I'm surprised we ever got the HD collection, so as for why people regard him as some sort of pioneer within gaming is beyond me.

I guess it's a little sad that we won't get to see Silent Hills in the light of what Kojima could've done with it.
All though his attachment to the project has yet to be announced as removed.

Comment from Konami courtesy of Gamespot.com


Konami has switched from a studio-based to a headquarters-based organization, so [Kojima Productions] wouldn't be listed as a studio anymore. At this time, there are no additional updates to share.
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