Hideo Kojima’s departure from Konami has shocked the fans, but it’s hard not to see how game developers would be affected as well, seeing such a respected developer in reportedly dire straits.
Final Fantasy XV Director Hajime Tabata provided a comment to the New Yorker, mentioning how the still mysterious breakdown between developer and publisher shocked the rest of the industry.
“It’s a rare case of a highly successful studio being closed down, so obviously everyone is in a state of shock about it, I think. But we believe that we can survive. At least, until the company decides to close us down.”
It’ll definitely be interesting to see how Kojima-san will express his talent next, and whether he’ll join another major publisher, or he’ll try the path of the indie.
According to the article, he left Konami for good on October 9th, and his non-compete clause will expire in December (even if the source for this information is not identified, so take it with the customary grain of salt). From then onward, anything can happen.