Famed video game developer Hideo Kojima has officially departed from Konami after 29 years with the famed video game publisher and developer.
The developer is most famously known for the critically successful “Metal Gear” series. Kojima has been in the midst of a nasty break-up with the developer since earlier this year.
The New Yorker reports that Hideo Kojima officially left on October 9th, 2015.
Kojima Productions, which is also owned by Konami, is still active at the company. The New Yorker reports that a special goodbye ceremony filled with mixed emotions took place the same day.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has outgrossed the combined amount of the top two grossing films of the year, Jurassic World and Avengers: Age of Ultron, and is awash with critical acclaim.
While Konami has stated they will continue to produce AAA games, such as Castlevania and entries in the Metal Gear Solid series, but the main focus will be mobile games, which are less expensive, yet highly profitable. Rumors have been abounding for the past few weeks that the company will abandon their AAA properties completely.
It will be some time before Hideo Kojima talks about how he was treated during his waning months at the company. However, when he does reveal why he left the company and the true state of the development process of TPP, it will be an in-depth look at one of the games industry’s biggest companies.