Konami website updates suggest Kojima Productions’ demise [Update 3]

Konami removing all traces of Kojima from its websites.

Kojima Productions

Something is going on with Konami and Metal Gear Solid developer Kojima Productions. Konami has been updating its websites during the last 24 hours, removing all traces of “Kojima Productions” and its boss Hideo Kojima. 

Here’s the list of changes:

What this means for Kojima Productions is uncertain. The studio could be disbanding, Hideo Kojima could be leaving, or Konami could simply be integrating Kojima Productions into the company as a nameless development team. We’re reaching out to Konami for comment.

Thanks, NeoGAF.

Update: In a (non-)statement provided to VideoGamer, a Konami respresentative said, “Konami Digital Entertainment, including Mr. Kojima, will continue to develop and support Metal Gear products. Please look forward to future announcements.”

Update 2: IGN received a more detailed response from Konami.

“As we have already announced, we are shifting our production structure to a headquarters-controlled system, in order to establish a steadfast operating base capable of responding to the rapid market changes that surround our digital entertainment business. Konami Digital Entertainment (including Mr. Kojima), will continue to develop and support Metal Gear products. Please look forward to future announcements.”

Update 3: Hideo Kojima is reportedly expected to depart Konami following Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Read more here.

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