In a night of celebration for the entire video game industry, amongst the scene’s most influential peers, one man was noticeably missing. Hideo Kojima, creator of the Metal Gear franchise and Director on Metal Gear Solid V, was a no-show.
Metal Gear Solid V was nominated for four awards, two of them being Game of the Year and Best Action/Adventure game, and the man the series was told not to attend – even though he had every intention to. After Kiefer Sutherland accepted an award on behalf of Metal Gear Solid V (it won in Best Action/Adventure and Best Sore/Soundtrack), Geoff Keighley, hero of the sad moment, explained the situation:
“As you noticed Hideo Kojima is not here with us tonight, I wanted to tell you a little bit about that. Mr. Kojima had every intention of being with us tonight. But unfortunately he was informed by a lawyer representing Konami just recently that he would not be allowed to travel to tonight’s awards ceremony to accept any awards. He’s still under an employment contract, it’s disappointing and it’s inconceivable to me that an artist like Hideo would not be allowed to come here and celebrate with his peers and his fellow teammates. Such an incredible game is Metal Gear Solid V. That’s the situation we are in.”
I’ll embed the video below so you can watch it play out for yourself. Kojima is still under contract with Konami, and until that runs up in 2016 he will remain under their supervision in lockdown. It’s such a shame to see such a historically praised title be clouded by such an ugly situation. We’ll have more if it develops any further, but I’m guessing we won’t hear much from either Konami’s or Kojima’s camp.