The New Yorker reports they hosted a farewell party on Friday the 9th at the old Kojima Production offices, but Konami (because of course they do) deny these rumors.
“Currently, Kojima and the development team are finished developing Metal Gear Solid V and are taking a long time off from work,” reads the statement translated by Kotaku. “Because the development time for console games is so long and fatigue builds up, it’s common for employees to take extended periods of time off when development is finished.”
While it is true that he would still be a registered employee, as his contract ends in December, this extended holiday could easily last until then. A Konami spokesperson didn’t know what the event was about, and said: “We’re not sure what kind of thing this was.” It is very possible that the event was actually a celebration for the release of Metal Gear Solid V, but at this stage it’s more likely that Kojima-san has left the building, chilling at some beach, martini in hand.
Here is a photograph of Kojima's farewell party on October 9th at Konami, which Konami claims no knowledge of: pic.twitter.com/xgRUoYs5qt
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Rumors of Kojimas eventual departure have been circulating since March, and have been easily the biggest talking point of the year, between that and Konami being the absolute worst. Where will Kojima go next? Who knows! Might go to another Japanese company? Maybe he will come west? Or even start his own studio?
Whatever the case may be, I tip my oversized tophat to you good sir, and wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors!