By Bryan Smith on December 15, 2015 at 7:37pm
According to Nikkei (translated by NeoGAF), Hideo Kojima has reportedly left Konami (after what Konami has claimed Kojima is on "vacation") and is (at the very least trying) forming a new studio and he also has a new project he's working on.
Here is the translation by NeoGAF user jbug617:
Why is Japanese so hard for the Internet sometimes? Here's a quick translation that tries to stay as faithful to the original text as possible:
Kojima Hideo, a famous video game creator known for the Metal Gear series has left Konami Digital Entertainment as of December 15th. He will form a new company where he will continue developing video games, with plans to release on platforms such as Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE)'s PlayStation.
He is forming the new company with people who worked under him at Konami. The rights to the Metal Gear series, for which he is most known, remain at Konami, so he will begin working on an all new title. Final negotiations with SCE are underway for this new game to debut on PlayStation.
Kojima is a world famous video game developer on the same level as Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Mario. He is highly praised for his elaborate stories and use of movie techniques to create impressive visual imagery. Metal Gear Solid V was released this September and became a massive hit, selling over 5 million copies around the world.
To sum up, Kojima is trying to form a new studio with several team members from Konami and what is left of Kojima Productions. Kojima is also planning to release a new title (unknown) that looks like will appear first, such as the "Final Fantasy VII" remake appearing first on the PlayStation 4, on PlayStation platforms. Player Theory will update once more is revealed and/or an official statement is given.