In what can only be described as a surprise move, Konami will officially relinquish all ties to the Metal Gear franchise to Hideo Kojima.
“After much deliberation, we have come to the conclusion that we made a mistake in the way we treated Hideo Kojima,” read a leaked press release. “We never should have treated him the way we did. We have learned too late that our actions have cost us a lot of public trust – trust that we will likely never regain…As a means of restitution, we are handing over all rights to the Metal Gear franchise to Kojima Productions.”
Needless to say, nobody expected Konami to have this sudden change of heart. We here at GeekReply have reached out to Kojima regarding his reaction but have yet to hear back from him. We did, however, get to witness the reaction of the biggest Konami critic on the Internet, Jim Sterling.
“I am shocked I tell you, shocked,” mused Sterling. “Never in a billion years would I expect Konami capable of such a feat. I can say quite proudly that I was glad to be wrong about the company. I hope this marks a turning point where we all can once again say we love Konami without feeling sick to our stomachs.”
Furthermore, the press release stated in no uncertain terms that Konami wants to sell franchises such as Silent Hill and Castlevania to other companies. What this means for the future of Konami is anyone’s guess, but at least we can rest easy knowing these beloved game franchises are in good hands. Well, potentially good hands; the last thing anyone wants is for modern-day Atari to get its hands on Castlevania or Silent Hill.
Halfway through writing this article we finally heard back from Hideo Kojima, who gave us the following response: