Ryan Payton leaves Kojima Productions, heads to NA
- Posted August 26th, 2008 at 16:26 EDT by Eric Blattberg
- 14 Comments
Ryan Payton has left Kojima Productions to pursue a career in North America.
For those of you who don't know, Ryan Payton was the assistant producer on Metal Gear Solid 4. He was the one who initiated them move to a more Western-oriented MGS4, complete with a Western-friendly control scheme, camera, aiming mechanics and more. So what does this move mean for the future of Metal Gear Solid and Ryan Payton? The man himself sat down with Kotaku to talk about the move.
"I went back home to my family's place in Washington state and literally three weeks after MGS4 launched we were hit with some pretty heavy news concerning my mom," commented Payton. "So this past month I decided to leave Kojima Productions and look to continue my career working closer to my family in North America."
"It's not easy leaving my other family (the MGS team), but with everybody taking time off and not having any other big projects to shift focus to, it feels like this is how it's supposed to be. It's fate."
Payton then mentioned the inevitable MGS5.
"It'll be hard not being involved in MGS5," said Payton, "but I've got the utmost confidence that Hideo Kojima, Ken Imaizumi, and our amazing team will put together another blockbuster game. I'll be cheering from the sidelines."
And what of Payton's future?
"Word travels fast, so I've been getting a lot of great offers lately. But the plan is to take it easy, spend time with my family, and carefully decide where I land next."
- 11:36am EDT - August 26th, 2008
I hope he join the Sony team and stay away from M$. but i hope he make his own team and make a PS3 exclusive he do know how the cell chip works. i hope he don't move backwards from blu&cell back to dvd&cpu
- 11:41am EDT - August 26th, 2008
i doubt that he did something interesting all he did was talk talk talk every time when we hear rumours he talks or some news he talks well good luck for him in NA welcome back home buddy
- 11:43am EDT - August 26th, 2008
i hope he still is with sony
he did well with mgs4
- 12:10pm EDT - August 26th, 2008
I only knew who this guy was because he did the podcast in the game. Are they making any more podcasts for MGS4???
- 1:28pm EDT - August 26th, 2008
psn id: gingo.... i'm glad he realised that MGS needed a more western control scheme and got kojima to implement it cos it worked perfectly
1solidsnake | solid1snake67
- 4:04pm EDT - August 26th, 2008
it's sad to see him go, but he always made mistakes saying if the green bay packers won against the seattle sea hawks he would give out big news about the game. but, MGS5 will still be awesome and hope he finds something else with sony. it should be good to see even a teaser trailer for Metal Gear Solid 5: without solid snake?
- 5:45pm EDT - August 26th, 2008
hmm idk if this is neccesarily bad i mean im sure he will want to continue to work with kojima productions so its not to bad and if they make another metal gear it will feature raiden as a main character im sure sooo more action sort of fast paced combat probably
- 6:53pm EDT - August 26th, 2008
WTF he is talking about Kojima-san and MGS5! Sweet
- 10:10pm EDT - August 26th, 2008
Hopefully he won't join the likes of EA or Atari.Man,i miss Phil;(
- 10:32pm EDT - August 26th, 2008
did any of you took the time to read the reason why he left kojima productions?You guys wish he doesnt join M$ when the guy needs to be close to his familly because of his mother's health condition....
its pretty pathetic to come and post about M$ and sony and not wish him luck about his mother....
- 2:08am EDT - August 27th, 2008
thats for real. Anytime that family is involed you have to sit back and enjoy the time you have with them. You only have one mother and one father, so you have to take the time out to be with them. The last thing on my mind would be to talk about games. Everbody above post #11 was talking about where he should go and not go. Its cool, kids will be kids until life slap em in the face. But I hope that your mother makes it all the way.
psn id: I95SOUTH
Dave-The-Rave | Dave-The-Rave
- 2:46am EDT - August 27th, 2008
A lot of you guys are insensitive to his family issues !!
- 2:55am EDT - August 27th, 2008
Hopefully he can join the Sony team at least.
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