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Donna Burke Confirms Konami Fired Hideo Kojima From the Company [Updated]

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FIRST UPDATE: According to VideoGamer.com, a Konami spokesperson has claimed that Burke’s comments are “categorically incorrect.”

SECOND UPDATE: Donna Burke has posted a new message on her Facebook page that clarifies that “Konami is correct in that [Hideo] Kojima has not actually been fired.”

“As I stated previously, [Kojima] and his team are still working hard on getting the game out,” she wrote. “My sincere apologies to Konami, Hideo Kojima and the fans for giving the wrong impression.

“I was trying to add my voice to [Akio] Ōtsuka-san pleading with the fans to not abandon [Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain] because of the stuff happening at Konami and to throw my support behind Kojima and everyone who has worked over the last five years and is working to make this game the greatest ever.”

ORIGINAL STORY: Publisher Konami has indeed fired Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima from the company, according to Australian singer-songwriter Donna Burke.

Burke, who performed “Heavens Divide” for Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and “Sins of the Father” for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, has recently taken to Twitter to express her support for the renowned Japanese developer.

She asked fans not to boycott Kojima’s upcoming open-world stealth title “because upper management fired a genius.” Burke, however, did not elaborate any further on the reasons behind Konami terminating their long-term business relationship with Kojima.

— Donna Burke (@db_singer_actor) April 9, 2015

@AaronDavidAshby yes but it’s been out in the media for weeks..but it’s true

The Phantom Pain, which is Kojima’s final instalment in the franchise, is still in its development phase, as Burke added that “the game is being tested now and some bits [are being] finished off to make it [awesome].”

@abidouisme @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN they are still working for sure and the game is being tested now and some bits finished off to make it awesomer

— Donna Burke (@db_singer_actor) April 9, 2015

Yesterday, Akio Ōtsuka, the Japanese voice actor of Solid Snake and Venom Snake, also came out to support both Kojima and The Phantom Pain on Twitter—Burke originally referenced this tweet before she confirmed that Kojima was fired—in which he assured fans that the development team has not changed and, more importantly, not to cancel their pre-orders for the game.

Last month, news emerged that Kojima would be leaving Konami after the release of The Phantom Pain. It was also believed that Kojima Productions’ staff had restrictions placed on their email and internet access by Konami, while specific individuals, such as Hideo Kojima and Kenichiro Imaizumi, are now considered as ‘contractors’ for the company.

In fact, there were several early signs that have suggested there was a growing rift between Kojima and Konami, including a new Twitter account for the Metal Gear Solid franchise being set up, Kojima Productions’ logo removed from Konami-related products, Kojima’s studio being rebranded and the trademark ‘A Hideo Kojima Game’ being removed from MGS posters.

Kojima, who joined Konami in 1986 as a ‘planner,’ finally broke his silence last month and released a joint statement with Konami that confirmed he is still “100% involved” with The Phantom Pain.

Running on Kojima Productions’ Fox Engine, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will launch worldwide on September 1st, 2015, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The PC version, on the other hand, will be released two weeks after the console launch.

Original Author: Adnan Riaz