By Bryan Smith on May 11, 2015 at 5:21pm
Koji Igarashi, the producer of the "Castlevania" series before quitting Konami, spoke with IGN about the recent Konami/Kojima internal feud.
He’s heard what’s happening, but mostly it’s been through the news and not people directly at Konami, because that company has a way of bullying their employees not to give out too much information – to say the least. But as a top-level creator who also was put in difficult situations in which he had to make difficult choices, it’s always sad when really interesting franchises or really talented creators end up not being able to make the thing they’ve made in the past that has made the fans so happy, speaking brutally honest, that has generated revenue in the first place. So for him, it’s kind of a sad day to see that’s happening. Iga
Iga also mentioned that Kojima should take interest in the option of Kickstarter, where Iga went for his game "Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night," the spiritual succesor of to the "Castlevania" series.
Additionally in Konami news, Kotaku reported that Konami took down a video that discussed the questionable business decisions Konami has been making. George "Super Bunnyhop" Weidman had previously posted an in-depth video describing some insider commentary (though what was legitimate or not wasn't entirely sure) of where Konami's investment of time, effort, and money was going to- mainly casino and sports club business, as Iga mentions in his talk with IGN. A few weeks after the video was uploaded, Konami filed a copyright claim on the video to take it down.
What the video removal means isn't clear yet, whether what the video stated was just false rumors or indeed true. Player Theory will continue to report on any future activity with Konami in the future.
UPDATE: The video is back up and viewable again. It is not known if Konami will take further action or if it was a simple misunderstanding.