I finally have an idea why Konami has effectively fired Hideo Kojima and halted development of Silent Hills.
Konami CEO Kagemasa Kozuki.
- It’s said that he is not in good terms with Hideo Kojima, who “takes too long and spends too much”.
- He wants the company’s Digital Entertainment division to focus on developing games for mobile platforms, which currently have higher profit margins.
- He wants to end autonomous, studio-based, per-project game development within the company and shift to headquarters-based dev teams segregated by specialization (e.g. audio, animation, programming, etc.), that work on multiple games in parallel.
- He wants to expand Konami’s Gaming & Systems (i.e. gambling machines) division and will utilize Konami IPs (e.g. Contra) to promote them if necessary.
Want to find out more? Check out this vid by Super Bunnyhops.
Kojima vs. Konami: An Investigation
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