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Just like Solid Snake, it seems like Kojima’s been engaging in some tactical espionage of his own. Its just been discovered that one of Konami’s high-ranking executives has just joined Kojima Productions as president of Kojima’s new studio.
The suit in question is Shinji Hirano, former corporate officer at Konami Digital Entertainment HQ, president of Konami Europe, and executive vice-president of Konami America. If you’re unfamiliar with what all these business titles mean, just know that he was very important to the company, and had spent more than eleven years with Konami before jumping ship to join Kojima. That would’ve made him a president while Kojima was a vice-president of the company, so its safe to assume Kojima wasn’t at odds with him over the development of Metal Gear Solid V.
This information was discovered on LinkedIn, when a writer at The Koalition recently discovered that Hirano had updated his profile to include his current employment at Kojima Productions. According to his profile, he started his new employment sometime in November, so this information has been sitting quietly for quite sometime. His current position as president of Kojima Productions, a role that makes him (according to his LinkedIn profile):
Responsible for managing extremely talented creative teams as one single entity and providing the leadership to make company successful as one of the greatest creative studios in the world.
So its pretty safe to assume he’s not just there to be Kojima’s personal coffee-making manservant. Considering Shinji Hirano also hosted the E3 press conference for Konami in the past, this is a pretty major acquisition for Kojima’s fledgling studio.
Of course, this isn’t the first Konami employee Kojima has spirited away to join his team. It was only natural that he would grab some of his friends from his old days at Konami, and he’s poached quite a few before he got his hands on Hirano. Back when Kojima Productions first launched just over a year ago, there were just three other employees besides Kojima. According to an article from videogamer.com, these members were Kojima’s personal assistant, art director Yoji Shinkawa (who did work for Metal Gear and Zone of the Enders), and Kenichiro Imaizumi, a former producer for the Metal Gear Solid series.
Since then, they’ve only added to their roster, with a few members from Team Silent (the developers behind the first four Silent Hill games) from Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo. Apparently, Team Silent was entirely consisted of developers who had failed at other projects. They originally intended to leave Konami until the first Silent Hill game turned out to be a huge success. Kojima originally joined teamed up with them to make P.T., but when Konami decided to cancel the project, a bunch of them finally left the company, in particular the directors of Silent Hill 3 and 4.
With all this talent, its clear Kojima Productions will be developing some truly amazing games in the future. The team is currently developing Death Stranding, an open world action game starring Norman Reedus and Guillermo Del Toro, who collaborated with Kojima on the canceled Silent Hills game. The game is scheduled to be released on the PS4 sometime prior to 2019.