If you want to see the symbol of the recent divorce between Konami and Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima, you have to look no further than today’s PlayStation Awards ceremony. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain received three of the prestigious trophies, including the Users’ Choice Awards for both Asia and Japan and a Platinum Prize for selling over a million units in the region.
Yet, sadly, Kojima-san wasn’t there. The prizes were received by Public Relations General Manager Emiko Yoneda and Public Relations Lead Jiro Oishi.
While most of the other prizes were delivered to directors, producers or heads of studios, it was quite sad to see that the man who put years of efforts into creating a great game, was not on stage to receive the awards his work deserved.
Rumors state that Kojima-san’s non compete clause with Konami expires this month, so we can only hope to see him rise again, and share as soon as possible a new game in which he’ll express his artistry and quirky talent.