Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Box Art Loses Kojima Branding

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom PainThe Kojima and Konami saga continues with Konami removing all references to Kojima Productions on the final box art for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Noticed by NeoGAF, the image below is taken from Konami’s website. Notice the absence of Hideo Kojima’s name and the logo of his production studio which would normally be right next to the rating symbol. Before today, his branding was still present.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Back in March, Konami removed all references to Kojima and Kojima Productions from any promotional materials for not just Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, but all recent Metal Gear products like Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection. Konami would later restore the branding on The Legacy Collection. This was a precursor to the news of Kojima leaving Konami.

The falling out between Kojima and Konami did not end with the Metal Gear series. The Silent Hills project was cancelled shortly afterwards.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is scheduled for a September 1 release for the PS4, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. The PC version will be released two weeks later.

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  • Razorfall

    Makes me wonder what was so bad that they fired him and cut all ties.