Hideo Kojima has broken his silence on reports of a dispute between his studio and publisher Konami by claiming he is still involved in the development of Metal Gear Solid V.
Last week an insider at the studio claimed Kojima and other senior staff had had their employee status changed, effectively making them contractors rather than full-time staff. The Kojima Productions logo has also been removed from Metal Gear art and the official website.
The reports sparked rumours Kojima could be on his way out of the studio. Konami has since released a statement that it is looking for new talent for the future of Metal Gear, further fuelling rumours of Kojima’s impending departure.
The Metal Gear Solid creator has now broken his silence, and said he is 100 per cent involved in the development of The Phantom Pain. He did comment on his future with Konami beyond that however.
"I want to reassure fans that I am 100 per cent involved and will continue working on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain,” said Kojima in a joint statement with Konami.
“I’m determined to make it the greatest game I’ve directed to date. Don’t miss it."