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EA CEO says Konami and Kojima will "kiss and make up"

EA CEO Peter Moore doesn't seem to think that the feud between Kojima and Konami will last forever.

There has been a lot of confusion and some controversial things going on between Konami and Kojima this year - particularly in regards to their relationship with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Kojima is expected to leave the company after the release of MGSV, and in the meantime, Konami has removed his name from the marketing materials for the game, and they've also cancelled the Silent Hills game that Kojima was directing as well.

We may never ever know the behind-the-scenes details about what went down between Konami and Kojima. But according to EA's CEO, Peter Moore, this will only be a temporary setback, and we'll be seeing a happy fairy tale ending soon.

"I've always liked Kojima-san. I got on with him during my days at Microsoft. I just think... what's going on there... I just think both of them should kiss and make up."

Moore goes onto say this about his time in Japan:

"From my experience, and I've spent a lot of time working in Japan, I think that Konami and Kojima will figure it out. Those kinds of business relationships [in Japan] are typically for life, and Kojima is such an important part in what has gone on there."

He also speculated about Konami/Kojima's relationship currently.

"Clearly, Kojima and Konami are at a rocky stage in their marriage, but you could take what is said about [Kojima Productions], about a game not adhering to budgets, about a game not being ready, and you could apply that to a lot of people." 

 "Any game that isn't iterative in nature the way an EA Sports game is, or any series that doesn't ship every single year... those things can go on forever. There needs to be an agreement between the publisher and developer to make sure that both parties understand when the game is supposed to ship, and what it's supposed to be" 

"But with regards to Kojima and Konami, they'll kiss and make up."

It looks like only time will tell. 

What do you think? Will we see a reconciliation between Kojima and Konami? Or is this split permanent? Let us know in the comments!

"Any game that isn't iterative in nature the way an EA Sports game is, or any series that doesn't ship every single year... those things can go on forever. There needs to be an agreement between the publisher and developer to make sure that both parties understand when the game is supposed to ship, and what it's supposed to be. - See more at: http://www.gamnesia.com/news/eas-ceo-says-konami-and-kojima-will-kiss-and-make-up#sthash.s8ExRjLf.dpuf
"Clearly, Kojima and Konami are at a rocky stage in their marriage, but you could take what is said about [Kojima Productions], about a game not adhering to budgets, about a game not being ready, and you could apply that to a lot of people. - See more at: http://www.gamnesia.com/news/eas-ceo-says-konami-and-kojima-will-kiss-and-make-up#sthash.s8ExRjLf.dpuf
"I've always liked Kojima-san. I got on with him during my days at Microsoft. I just think... what's going on there... I just think both of them should kiss and make up. - See more at: http://www.gamnesia.com/news/eas-ceo-says-konami-and-kojima-will-kiss-and-make-up#sthash.s8ExRjLf.dpuf
"I've always liked Kojima-san. I got on with him during my days at Microsoft. I just think... what's going on there... I just think both of them should kiss and make up. - See more at: http://www.gamnesia.com/news/eas-ceo-says-konami-and-kojima-will-kiss-and-make-up#sthash.s8ExRjLf.dpuf
Kojima is expected to leave Konami after the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and in the meantime, Konami has removed his name from marketing for the game, and they've also cancelled the Silent Hill game that Kojima was directing. - See more at: http://www.gamnesia.com/news/eas-ceo-says-konami-and-kojima-will-kiss-and-make-up#sthash.s8ExRjLf.dpuf
Kojima is expected to leave Konami after the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and in the meantime, Konami has removed his name from marketing for the game, and they've also cancelled the Silent Hill game that Kojima was directing. - See more at: http://www.gamnesia.com/news/eas-ceo-says-konami-and-kojima-will-kiss-and-make-up#sthash.s8ExRjLf.dpuf
Kojima is expected to leave Konami after the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and in the meantime, Konami has removed his name from marketing for the game, and they've also cancelled the Silent Hill game that Kojima was directing. - See more at: http://www.gamnesia.com/news/eas-ceo-says-konami-and-kojima-will-kiss-and-make-up#sthash.s8ExRjLf.dpuf
Kojima is expected to leave Konami after the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and in the meantime, Konami has removed his name from marketing for the game, and they've also cancelled the Silent Hill game that Kojima was directing. - See more at: http://www.gamnesia.com/news/eas-ceo-says-konami-and-kojima-will-kiss-and-make-up#sthash.s8ExRjLf.dpuf
Kojima is expected to leave Konami after the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and in the meantime, Konami has removed his name from marketing for the game, and they've also cancelled the Silent Hill game that Kojima was directing. - See more at: http://www.gamnesia.com/news/eas-ceo-says-konami-and-kojima-will-kiss-and-make-up#sthash.s8ExRjLf.dpuf
Kojima is expected to leave Konami after the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and in the meantime, Konami has removed his name from marketing for the game, and they've also cancelled the Silent Hill game that Kojima was directing. - See more at: http://www.gamnesia.com/news/eas-ceo-says-konami-and-kojima-will-kiss-and-make-up#sthash.s8ExRjLf.dpuf
Kojima is expected to leave Konami after the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and in the meantime, Konami has removed his name from marketing for the game, and they've also cancelled the Silent Hill game that Kojima was directing. - See more at: http://www.gamnesia.com/news/eas-ceo-says-konami-and-kojima-will-kiss-and-make-up#sthash.s8ExRjLf.dpuf
Published Aug. 15th 2015
  • Ashley Gill
    Associate Editor
    "Those kinds of business relationships [in Japan] are typically for life.."

    This isn't true anymore. So many big-name Japanese developers, directors, and whatnot have left their flagship publishers over the past decade to form their own studios or join studios owned by friends, that this statement is very much outdated. 10+ years ago, this could be said to be the case. But not today. The two biggest names one could throw out in this regard are Hideki Kamiya of Platinum and Keiji Inafune of Comcept. There are, of course, plenty of other examples of this.

    Kojima wanted out of the Metal Gear Solid series, and he got it. It's a shame how his leaving Konami has gone down, but he's been ready to step away from MGS for a long time. I'm sure he's not as displeased as the fanbase, though the removal of the Kojipro name from the game's box is a bit much.

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