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Kojima & Kojima Productions Removed From Phantom Pain Box Art

Kojima & Kojima Productions Removed From Phantom Pain Box Art - News

by Craig Snow , posted on 14 July 2015 / 5,024 Views

Konami has now removed Hideo Kojima's name from the box art for the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

This is just the latest piece of news in the long-running Konami vs. Kojima saga, which has resulted in Kojima Productions being disbanded.

The original box art, shown below, featured both Hideo Kojima's name at the top and the Kojima Productions logo at the bottom:

http://www.vgchartz.com/articles_media/images/phantom-pain-box-art-chnged-1.jpg

By contrast, both are absent from the newly-uploaded box art:

http://www.vgchartz.com/articles_media/images/phantom-pain-box-art-chnged-2.jpg

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain releases this September on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Windows PC.


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45 Comments
Rafie (on 14 July 2015)

Wow...if this isn't super petty, I don't know what is! They could have at least put his name in the game since it was HIS/Team work! Konami is leaving a bad taste in my mouth right now.

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NSS7 (on 14 July 2015)

Poor Hideo Kojima. MGS will never exist without him. I dont care if they want to disband Kojima Production but at least show him some respect. This make me want ot boycott this game.

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Zkuq (on 14 July 2015)

Extremely distasteful and disrespectful from Konami. This is for all intents and purposes (excluding legal intents) Kojima's series, not Konami's.

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KazumaKiryu (on 14 July 2015)

Please: sets a clear signal to Konami on Twitter or Facebook: Metal Gear Solid 5 - its a Hideo Kojima Game!

Hundreds of fans write that already on Konami Twitter / Facebook page.
If enough people do this, Konami must the name integrated into the cover.

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NinjaFox (on 14 July 2015)

This could actually hurt Konami. Some fans of MGS are loyal enough to Kojima they could boycott the game, at least at launch, as a way of giving Konami the proverbial bird. I'm sure they'd still buy it eventually as it WAS still made by Kojima and his team. That's what makes this BS even more petty.

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Ruler NinjaFox (on 14 July 2015)

Thats the dumbest thing to do boycotting the stuff people are mad about that it wont be made by Konami in the future. This is a Day 1 for me, its the last game from Kojima and probably the last AAA from konami.

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Serious_frusting (on 14 July 2015)

Was going to get it for my PS4 but looks like its going to get a torrent for my PC now.

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ReimTime (on 14 July 2015)

It happened again? Shame on you Konami

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assclown (on 14 July 2015)

already cancel my pre order (i get a copy on torrent) konami wont get a penny from me period! (i will show them same respect they show Kojima!)

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StokedUp (on 14 July 2015)

Who are they kidding? We, the fans and probably most of the gaming world know this is more kojimas game than theirs. The ideas the story even the character designs. Hideo would of had more say in how it's goes than them. Time to let jobs I know on Twitter how the fans feel.

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mizzou_guy (on 14 July 2015)

If they have FULLY removed his name from the game (including the in-game credits), wouldn't this be considered illegal somehow? Hopefully Konami isn't stupid enough to go that far.

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WolfpackN64 (on 14 July 2015)

Waiting for the first modders just to re-include the Kojima Productions logo.

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BraLoD (on 14 July 2015)

Ungrateful bastards!
Show some respect to the man that was the best thing you had since ever.
I hope you die as a mobile company asap.

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ExplodingBlock (on 14 July 2015)

Wow, they don't even get credit for this work . Screw you Konami

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NuckinFutz2014 (on 14 July 2015)

This really sucks is there really no truce Konami and Kojima can come to what a total loss for gamers everywhere. I really wanted to see the new Silent Hill as well. The only bright side I guess is if Sony were to approach Kojima about creating his own studio with them, he's always been a big Playstation supporter would make sense. Would still like to see him stay though Konami will regret this move I'm sure...

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Lawlight (on 14 July 2015)

It will still sell millions.

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SirFortesque (on 14 July 2015)

It sounds legit to me, they can't put logos of something they don't own, it happened may times in Europe with Sony published games PS2 that were made, instead, by another company.

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Dgc1808 (on 14 July 2015)

This is just dirty. I'm now genuinely considering pirating the game instead of purchasing....

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Azuren (on 14 July 2015)

Already boycotting this game, as well as anything else that Konami might make money from. They will NEVER get another purchase from me.

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ArchangelMadzz (on 14 July 2015)

What a dick move, how is it going to impact them by not having his name on the game? Disband them all you like but there is simply no reason for this. Fucking hell.

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Mr_No (on 14 July 2015)

This game was made by Kojima and its productions. I think removing his name from the cover does a disservice for everyone.

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asqarkabab (on 15 July 2015)

Good he will not be missed
I hope this happens to randy pitchfork and cliffy b.

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ChristianTheAtheist (on 15 July 2015)

Awesome, Konami just made the decision to get it from TPB much easier.

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Shadow1980 (on 14 July 2015)

What a joke. Kojima should sue considering it was his team that created the game. I swear, Konami is a pale shadow of its former self, and if it weren't for Kojima people would forget that they still exist. I remember when Konami used to be one of the best third-party developers around. Back in the 80s & early 90s they brought us the Gradius, Contra, Castlevania, Metal Gear, and Ganbare Goemon series, Gyruss, Double Dribble & Blades of Steel, and some excellent TMNT beat-'em-ups, plus they created the most famous cheat code in history: Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start. In the latter half of the 90s they gave us Metal Gear Solid, Dance Dance Revolution, Suikoden, and Silent Hill. But what have they done in the past seven years that wasn't related to MGS? Aside from Pro Evolution Soccer, not a whole lot in the way of notable original material. It's sad to see a former titan of the industry reduced to the sad pathetic mess that it is today.

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padib Shadow1980 (on 15 July 2015)

I'm really enjoying circle of the moon on VC and that's a 2001 game. I also really enjoyed DDR on the PS2.

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iinglish (on 14 July 2015)

@Libara your an idiot..the games release is imminent which means apart from the occasional bug it is a finished product. Every gamer following this game knows its a kojima game. Konami is just producing it...yes i know they own the rights henceforth Kojima's removal on the box art. Moving along like most of the previous commentary i'm likely to boycott this game as well. This is a very underhanded approach for a corporation that owes so much to the individual. Extremely petty would be putting it mildly

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Libara iinglish (on 14 July 2015)

You're*

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Libara iinglish (on 14 July 2015)

Again... no one but few people know what happened. For all we know Kojima quit due to not being given an extra $50mil budget... we most likely will never know, but jumping to white knight Kojima without knowing anything makes you look like a sheep.

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Veknoid_Outcast iinglish (on 14 July 2015)

Comment moderated - Veknoid_Outcast

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V-r0cK (on 14 July 2015)

Konami can do whatever they want, in the end people will still see this as a Kojima game more than a Konami game. Heck people don't think about Konami without thinking about Kojima.

Metal Gear Solid/Snake/Konami = Kojima.

There's no positive side to Konami's action here but rather making them look more ridiculous than ever. Good job Konami for looking worst than you already are.

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Libara (on 14 July 2015)

I'm laughing at everyone raging and saying they will boycott the game. No one knows what happened behind the scenes, Kojima could have asked for it and deserve the dismissal.

I'm looking forward to the new MGS now, the story might actually make sense.

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Justagamer Libara (on 14 July 2015)

Exactly how i feel. The story in the metal gear games have always been really stupid, and make now sense at all.

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o_O.Q Libara (on 14 July 2015)

ah i see... so because you don't like mgs games, the creator of the games deserves to have his credit for producing the games removed right?

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Zkuq Libara (on 14 July 2015)

Unless Kojima specifically asked for it, there's no excuse. And if Kojima asked for it, I'm sure Konami would let everyone know so they wouldn't get the blame.

Bottom line: This is Konami's decision, more or less, and they're the ones to blame if anyone.

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Libara Libara (on 14 July 2015)

Hardly, they are a company. If he did something that warrants dismissal they don't have to tell anyone. Why should they care what the angry minority thinks.

They specially will publicize what happened if it involved anything subject to an NDA.

Oh and I never said I disliked MGS, I have actually played 2 & 3 and really enjoyed the games. But disagree away, this is another example where brand loyalty hurts gaming as a whole.

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ReimTime Libara (on 14 July 2015)

You raise a good point; Kojima could have asked to have his name removed. Movie directors have done it before so it's not unheard of

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Zkuq Libara (on 14 July 2015)

Unless there's an NDA, Konami has all the reason to publish something about this so that they wouldn't look so bad. Instead, Konami chooses to stay silent. At best, they don't know how to handle public relations. At worst, they've screwed up this whole thing big time. Either way they're not doing a good job as a company. This will have an effect on them as a company, whether it be a small or a big effect.

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Zkuq Libara (on 14 July 2015)

And just to clarify: Unless saying something would make Konami look even worse, they can only gain something from saying something. It's in their best interests to say something.

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Libara Libara (on 14 July 2015)

Or you know... if saying something would show Kojima in a negative light, they may be staying quiet out of respect... anything is possible.

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Mystro-Sama (on 14 July 2015)

I'm pretty sure that's illegal...

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Teeqoz Mystro-Sama (on 14 July 2015)

It isn't, unless they signed a contract where it specifically says "Hideo Kojima will have his name featured on the box art".

If not, Uncharted would say "A Neil Druckman game" or whatever.

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