An article from The New Yorker states that Kojima’s last day at Konami was on Friday, October 9. The event was said to be a “rather cheerful but also emotional goodbye.” Cited sources who attended the farewell party noted that while many came out, Konami President Hideki Hayakawa or CEO Sadaaki Kaneyoshi did not make an appearance.
While the strained relationship was of no surprise to those who followed the expanding gap between Konami and Kojima, word began to spread back in March, with a corporate shuffle that bumped Kojima from the list of directors.
In July, Kojima Productions was dissolved and swallowed by Konami, effectively removing Kojima’s name from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Following the news of losing Kojima Productions, Konami then went on to cancel the collaboration, Silent Hills, between Kojima and film director Guillermo del Toro.
Hideo Kojima had been with Konami since 1986 creating the legendary game series Metal Gear, Zone of the Ends, Boktai and more.