Earlier this year, news struck of an apparent conflict between Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima and the series’ long-time publisher Konami, and following a series of rumors and developments that is leading to Kojima’s apparent departure from the company, another development seems to show the ties splitting between the two parties.
Users on NeoGAF noted that new box art uploaded to Konami’s press assets page for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain have been updated for the game’s final box art at release: however, the key notable change from the previous final box art is the removal of “A Hideo Kojima Game” at the top of the box art, while the logo for Kojima Productions at the bottom of the cover has also been removed.
Following the disbanding of Kojima Productions late last week, the removal of Kojima’s name is unfortunately another nail in the coffin in the ongoing disputes between Kojima and Konami, with a comparison between the previous box art and the newly updated box art below:
The newly-updated box art for all platforms is also below:
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain releases for PS4, Xbox One, PS3, and Xbox 360 on September 1st, 2015, while the PC version releases on September 15th, 2015.