It’s OK everyone, Kojima hasn’t left Konami—he’s just “on vacation”

On Monday, The New Yorker published a story reporting that Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima left Konami earlier this month—there was even a leaving party. However, according to Japanese publication Tokyo Sports (as translated by Kotaku), a spokesperson at Konami’s Tokyo headquarters denied that Kojima had left the company, saying that he is fact still an employee and currently “on vacation.”

“Currently, Kojima and the development team are finished developing Metal Gear Solid V and are taking a long time off from work,” the representative said. “Because the development time for console games is so long and fatigues builds up, it’s common for employees to take extended periods of time of when development is finished.”

Around 100 guests were said to have attended a small leaving ceremony at Konami earlier this month, which included former colleagues from other studios. The New Yorker‘s source described it as a “rather cheerful but also emotional goodbye.” The story’s author Simon Parkin has since released what he claims is a photo of the farewell party taking place. When asked about the party, the spokesperson said: “we’re not sure what kind of thing this was.”

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