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The New Yorker reports
that the other shoe has finally dropped on the Hideo
Kojima situation, saying the famed developer's last day with Konami was October
via nin). Joking about the source aside, the article provides an
in-depth analysis of the circumstances that could lead to a rift between a game
company and such a highly regarded developer, which in part has to do with an
increased emphasis on mobile games from Konami. The story concludes with an
outlook on Kojima's future, quoting an employee of a completely different
It’s likely that, after Kojima’s non-compete clause expires, in
December, he will find a new studio and continue making lavishly produced games.
But these future projects will be anomalies in a mobile-dominated Japanese
market. Although Western fans may mourn the loss, McCarthy doesn’t share their
despondency. “Honestly, I am not so sure that any threat to yet another
shouting, shooting game full of American grunts saving democracy from the wiles
of dark-skinned terrorists is any great loss to the art,” he said.