We don’t quite know what’s going on at Konami, other than the fact that production on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will continue as normal, but they’re removing Hideo Kojima’s name from his works left, right, and centre.
Earlier today, the news broke that the Kojima Productions logo had been removed from the Silent Hills website. Since Konami seemed to be moving away from having individual studios in their ranks, this made sense: Kojima could still be working on the game, even if Kojima Productions was not a factor.
But now, Konami have removed his name from the description of Zone of Enders HD Collection on their website. It used “the games feature the engrossing storytelling of Hideo Kojima paired with thrilling robot fights in a futuristic interplanetary setting” but now it reads as such, with a grammatical error as they’ve hastily removed the name.
It’s an interesting one, as they seem to now be retroactively removing references to Kojima rather than just taking the details off future projects. It’s unlikely that we’ll get the full story until MGS V is completed and released, and then it’ll be a matter of waiting to see where Kojima goes next.