Konami has denied rumours of Kojima leaving the company for good. That apart, the company has said that it is unaware of the "farewell party" that was arranged for one of the prolific and respected developers and game directors, Hideo Kojima, who was employed with them for nearly 29 years.
"Currently, Kojima and the development team are finished developing Metal Gear Solid V and are taking a long time off from work," Tokyo Sports quoted Konami as saying (via CGM). It even said it was, "not sure what kind of thing this was," when shown the image of the farewell party.
Simon Parkin, journalist of The New Yorker has released a picture that shows Konami employees "toasting" Kojima in what is believed to be his last day.
We can only wonder if Kojima is going on a long vacation or for an indefinite hiatus.
For some time now, it had been rumoured that Hideo Kojima, the man responsible for several games like Metal Gear Solid, would be leaving Konami Productions for good and a recent report revealed that Kojima's last day in office was on 9 October.
This information comes from The New Yorker that reported about 'the departure ceremony' and said that it was attended by about 100 colleagues from Kojima Productions. One of the people who attended it revealed that it was a "cheerful but also emotional goodbye."
However, it noted that there was no presence of either Hideki Hayakawa, president of Konami or Sadaaki Kaneyoshi, CEO of the company.
Kojima's last send off gift to Konami was the recently released Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, which was his direction. The game went on to make $179 million on the day of its launch.
Kojima departing from the company, of which he has been an important part since 1986, has been in news since March 2015.
Though no one knows what transpired between Kojima and Konami, one popular line is disagreements with Konami during the making of The Phantom Pain game.
But Kojima fans need not worry, following his promise of being in the creation process throughout his life. Reports have also revealed of his partnership with director Guillermo Del Toro.