In a recent interview with Gamespot, Peter Moore, COO of EA, was asked if the company would be interested in signing Hideo Kojima following his departure from Konami. Moore thinks they should ‘kiss and make up’.
“I’ve always liked Kojima-san. I got on with him during my days at Microsoft. I just think… what’s going on there… I just think both of them should kiss and make up,” Moore replied.
“From my experience, and I’ve spent a lot of time working in Japan, I think that Konami and Kojima will figure it out. Those kinds of business relationships are typically for life, and Kojima is such an important part in what has gone on there.”
While that is a fair stance to have, with everything that Konami has done as a business in 2015, let alone their blotchy past, it doesn’t seem likely that Konami are going in the direction that fans want. Just ask Jim Sterling, who will give you a detailed opinion on the Japanese company.
He says that EA won’t directly poach Kojima when he becomes ‘a free agent’, but it’s still unclear where Kojima and his studio will go when their work with Konami is done.
“Clearly, Kojima and Konami are at a rocky stage in their marriage,” he said, “but you could take what is said about [Kojima Productions], about a game not adhering to budgets, about a game not being ready, and you could apply that to a lot of people,” Moore continued. “Any game that isn’t iterative in nature the way an EA Sports game is, or any series that doesn’t ship every single year… those things can go on forever. There needs to be an agreement between the publisher and developer to make sure that both parties understand when the game is supposed to ship, and what it’s supposed to be. But with regards to Kojima and Konami, they’ll kiss and make up. They’ll be fine.”
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain releases on September 1st for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.