Breakups are never easy, especially those where it’s entirely one partner’s fault. And If it takes place in the public eye, then things can get real messy. Such is the case with Konami and Hideo Kojima – once a perfect marriage with the Metal Gear Solid games as their beautiful offspring, now a total wreck with Konami preventing Kojima from seeing his beloved children (figuratively).
Yes, things have got uglier and uglier since Konami woke up one morning and decided it just didn’t feel the same way about Kojima anymore. The unpleasantness started with removing his name and image from Metal Gear Solid 5 promotional material and culminated at the recent Game Awards where the studio legally prevented Kojima from attending. It was left to Kiefer Sutherland, the voice of MSGV’s main protagonist, to accept the ‘Best Action-Adventure’ award on Kojima’s behalf, like some kind of grizzled marriage counsellor.
Kojima has, naturally, kept a dignified silence over the whole feud. Despite everything that’s gone on, the precise relationship between the two still isn’t 100% clear. It’s almost certain that he’ll never work for Konami again, yet the company insists he’s on a “long vacation,” and he’s apparently still under an employment contract with them. Basically, their Facebook relationship status would read ‘it’s complicated.’
We don’t know what 2016 will hold for the genius that is Hideo Kojima, but we do hope that he finally gets a divorce from Konami and proceeds to do these eight things. Admittedly, some are a lot more likely to happen than others.