Konami hit an all-time low in the eyes of fans and people involved in the video game industry last week: the publisher barred Metal Gear series creator Hideo Kojima from attending this year’s annual “The Game Awards” show and accepting anything given to his latest and arguably final creation in the series, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
Gaming journalist and host Geoff Keighley relayed the disappointing news to fans after Hollywood Keifer Sutherland, who voices Venom Snake in the game, accepted the award for best “Action-Adventure Game” on Kojima-San’s behalf.
As the latest insult and possibly final straw in the long standing controversy surrounding the video game publisher and developer, Konami sent a lawyer to inform Kojima-San that he could not attend the show as he was still legally contracted to the company on finishing work for MGS V.
This issue has been stemming for months, which saw a string of disappointments follow like Kojima Productions closing down; the removal of the “A Hideo Kojima Game” header from the boxart; A uncompleted chapter of the game never seeing the light of day; And finally Kojima-San tendering in his resignation from the company following the completion of his obligations promoting the game. Konami for their part has steadily become a shadow of their former selves, foregoing development on actual video games and shifting their focus on the mobile game market and panchiko slot machines.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is already available for PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC — TJD, GMA News