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A Kojima Productions Veteran Departs The Team

This time, the term veteran is justified – the person, who seemingly departed Kojima Productions, has worked with Hideo Kojima for nearly twenty years.

VGC reports that Kenichiro Imaizumi has left Kojima Productions. Although the reason behind his departure is not clear, one of VGC’s sources claims that it happened because he disagreed with several of Kojima Productions’ directors. And we can’t ignore the work he has done with the team, as most major titles that Kojima worked on included him in the credits. His position will be taken over by Shinji Hirano.

Since Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Kenichiro Imaizumi worked on all Metal Gear titles, which is an incredible performance. He was a producer in the following games: Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and he also had the same role in Death Stranding, which launched on November 8 on PlayStation 4, with a PC port following in the early summer next year.

So all we can say for Kojima Productions is that they lost a veteran employee. We don’t know where Kenichiro Imaizumi will continue his work yet, but his leave might have an impact on the team, as well as its next projects (Kojima seems to be interested in making a horror game, and the team also has cinematic aspirations – we discussed both subjects recently.)

Whether there is drama or not (maybe Imaizumi just got bored with his workplace, which happens to many of us, especially after almost two decades), we wish the best of luck to Imaizumi – with such a resume, he can easily find a new workplace quickly, especially with how the next-gen consoles are around the corner.

[the image is from GameInformer]

Source: Gematsu

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