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Where in the World is Hideo Kojima?

Rumors have continued to circulate about the fate of beloved developer Hideo Kojima, whose Kojima Studios are responsible for the best-selling Metal Gear Franchise.

Back in late March consumers noticed that any mention of Kojima’s name or Kojima Studios had been removed from all media related to the upcoming Metal Gear release, “Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain” This sent the gaming community into a frenzied panic, fueled by uncertainty and veritable radio silence from Konami and Kojima.

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Source: Videogamer.com

Then on March 20th, this happened: A release from Konami promising the September 1 and 2 release dates for Metal Gear will be honored and that “Hideo Kojima will be involved throughout.” The release goes on to say that Konami will be making another game afterwards, and they will hold auditions for “main staff to lead the development.”

As most fans know, the “lead staff” was Hideo Kojima and Kojima Studios, and Konami’s release only lead to rampant speculation as to what this all meant.

Amidst all of this, Gamespot released information given to them by an unnamed source within Konami. This source claims that, following the release of the next Metal Gear, Kojima and his crew will leave Konami, as their contract ends in December. The source cites “power struggles” between members of Kojima’s staff and Konami as the reason for all the hubbub.

Konami’s PR isn’t saying anything worth anything other than reassuring the public that Kojima and the rest of Kojima Studios will stay on until “The Phantom Pain’s” release.

Also thrown into uncertainty is the fate of the much anticipated Silent Hill 5, known as Silent Hills. The game was revealed after solving the pants-soiling puzzles of P.T, a Playable Trailer for the game. Much of Silent Hills’ anticipation comes from the leading creative team of Hideo Kojima and director Guillermo Del Toro.

Recently the Kojima Studios logo was also scrubbed from promotional materials for Silent Hills, much like Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain, adding more fuel to the rumor fire. Reports on Hills, however, predict that the game will stay true to its release date, sometime in 2016.