We’ve been expecting this news for quite a while now and according to The New Yorker, Hideo Kojima officially left Konami on October 9th, 2015. Around one hundred guests attended a leaving ceremony at what was Kojima Productions, the internal studio he set up.
The source at the ceremony reports that it was a “rather cheerful but also emotional goodbye” but was not attended by Hideki Hayakawa, Konami’s president, or C.E.O., Sadaaki Kaneyoshi.
The New Yorker adds that Hideo’s “non-compete clause” will end in December, allowing him to move on to a new studio and new projects. Konami have said that the Metal Gear franchise will continue at the studio, and they are committed to creating console games despite focussing on the mobile market.
Kojima declined to be interviewed, citing an agreement with Konami, so we will probably never find out what happened back in March.
UPDATE: A Konami spokepersons has said, “Currently, Kojima is a listed as a company employee [at Konami]. Currently, Kojima and the development team are finished developing Metal Gear Solid V and are taking a long time off from work.”
The sposkesperson was also asked about the reported leaving party and said “We’re not sure what kind of thing this was.”
Kojima could still officially be on the Konami books but is on “gardening leave” of a few months before he is allowed to move on to a new employer. That just leaves the riddle of the leaving party, either The New Yorker’s source is a bare face liar, or Konami are being weird again.