Just one day after rumours of a rift between Kojima Productions and Konami, the publisher has put out a job ad for a new Metal Gear development team.
Assorted translations, including this one on NeoGaf, of a listing on Konami's Japanese website suggest that the company is looking to recruit brand new staff members” for what is described as a new Metal Gear Solid series”.
This morning MCV reported that the release of Metal Gear Solid 5 could bring about the departure of series creator Hideo Kojima from publisher Konami.
GameSpot reports that a fallout” between Kojima Productions and its mother company has led to senior staff having their access to services such as internal email, phone and internet restricted.
Plus Kojima and his team are being largely frozen out of the game's pre-release hype campaign. All of which seems likely to drive many of the team's senior members to walk way once the next Metal Gear Solid game ships.
Backing up the claims is the fact that the Kojima Productions logo has been removed from official Metal Gear art and the Metal Gear website, while references to the studio have been pulled from some of Konami's corporate information points.