This morning there were some rumors that Hideo Kojima, the creator of the Metal Gear Solid franchise, was leaving Konami based on the disappearance of Kojima Productions’ branding from Twitter, the official Metal Gear website, and the LA office listing.

In response to the rumors, Konami came out with a statement that read as follows:

“As we have already announced, we are shifting our production structure to a headquarters-controlled system, in order to establish a steadfast operating base capable of responding to the rapid market changes that surround our digital entertainment business. Konami Digital Entertainment (including Mr. Kojima), will continue to develop and support Metal Gear products. Please look forward to future announcements.”

According to GameSpot, Kojima may be working on Metal Gear Solid V: A Phantom Pain but his relationship with Konami is on shaky ground. Senior staff at Kojima Productions are being restricted access to corporate internet, emails, and phone and now essentially work as contractors for, rather than employees of, Konami.

“After we finish MGSV, Mr. Kojima and upper management will leave Konami. They said their contract ends in December,” according to an anonymous source from the studio.

The source also added that “At a team meeting, Mr Kojima explained that team have to be one and make a good game for fans.”

If this is true, this will likely be Kojima’s last complete game at Konami. As for what would become of his current work on Silent Hill should he leave at the end of this year, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Metal Gear Solid V: A Phantom Pain hits shelves in September for PlayStation 4,PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC. Anything that happens between Kojima and Konami will likely be after the game’s release, but be sure to follow our Facebook and Twitter pages for any updates. And be sure to let us know in the comments section what you think about Kojima possibly leaving Konami.

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