Death Stranding developer Kojima Productions has seen a key member of its team depart the company just weeks after the game’s release, with Ken-Ichiro Imaizui having reportedly left due to reasons unknown.
Ken-Ichiro Imaizui Reportedly Leaves Kojima Productions
The report comes via VGC, although attempts to contact both Imaizui-san and Kojima Productions were met with silence. It’s worth noting that Imaizui has remained a close worker with Hideo Kojima for 20 years now, and has been involved with Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty all the way through to Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.
However, Imaizui was notably absent from a number of events for Death Stranding recently, including the game’s world press tour.
Kojima Production was established in late 2015 after Kojima had departed Konami amidst reports of a massive falling out with the Japanese software giant. Death Stranding is his first post-Konami title, and was released for the PlayStation 4 on November 8.
The studio has recently announced that it will release a new Death Stranding update in December. Furthermore, Kojima himself has been pondering over his next project, and seems to be in the mood for making a new horror game.
Norman Reedus, who features as Sam Porter Bridges in Death Stranding, said that he considers the cancellation of Silent Hills something of a blessing in disguise. Reedus had worked with Kojima on the psychological horror reboot before it was scrapped by Konami.
Here’s the official blurb on Death Stranding:
In the near future, mysterious explosions have rocked the globe, setting off a series of supernatural events known as the Death Stranding. With otherworldly creatures plaguing the landscape, and mass extinction imminent, it’s up to Sam Porter Bridges to travel across the ravaged wasteland and save humanity from impending annihilation.
If we hear anything more about the goings-on at Kojima Productions, we’ll be sure to let you know.
Source: Bleeding Cool