The fallout between Hideo Kojima and Konami is still being felt to this day, and could be felt for a long time to come in regards to games. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that others in the video game industry are putting in their two cents about the situation. EA COO Peter Moore did an interview with Gamespot and was asked about whether EA would be up for working with Kojima, his response was a bit surprising:
“I’ve always liked Kojima-san. I got on with him during my days at Microsoft. I just think… what’s going on there… I just think both of them should kiss and make up. From my experience, and I’ve spent a lot of time working in Japan, I think that Konami and Kojima will figure it out. Those kinds of business relationships [in Japan] are typically for life, and Kojima is such an important part in what has gone on there.”
He goes on to note that there is probably fault on both sides for what happened:
“Clearly, Kojima and Konami are at a rocky stage in their marriage, but you could take what is said about [Kojima Productions], about a game not adhering to budgets, about a game not being ready, and you could apply that to a lot of people,” Moore added.
We’ll have to see whether it works out or continues to fallout. Regardless, the final Kojima/Konami game, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, is coming out on September 1st.