May 24, 2011 8:00 PM | Matthew Hawkins
Easily one of the most outspoken of all the game making personalities in Japan, Hideo Kojima recently stated in the form of a tweet: "The thing that I spent one year delicately preparing became meaningless." He followed that statement up with: "I can’t take it anymore; this is unbearable, I can’t stay positive." Yikes.
Needless to say, the guessing game is on as to what he's so bummed out about. More than likely it's a game related project, so the real mystery is figuring out what exactly. My best bet is it's NOT a Metal Gear title. Instead perhaps the long awaited third installment of Zone of the Enders? Though more than likely, some new IP that no one knows of yet, and perhaps never will.
I wouldn't be shocked if Konami higher ups had canceled whatever dream project of his in favor of yet another installment of MGS. A franchise that he’s tried to distance himself from a few times already, with little success. Anyhow, my prediction, one based without a shred of hard evidence and only a gut feeling: Kojima quits Konami and goes freelance. He reforms his studio independently, which is mostly filled with staffers that quit their gigs to follow the leader.
It's not the craziest of guesses, given how rocky the Japanese development scene has been in recent years, with similar big name creators also flying their respective coops over comparable disagreements. With the most recent being Keiji Inafune, who even left behind a dream project of his as it was finally getting underway (that being Mega Man Legends 3... and who too is the vocal type). At this point, we'll just have to wait for whatever details or clues to show up. Maybe at E3?