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."