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At its latest attempt to separate itself from its top producer, Konami has removed Kojima’s name from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain box art, just a few weeks before the launch of what will be the last MGS game in charge of the creator of the franchise.
In the original box art, “A Hideo Kojima Game” and the Kojima Productions logo were present, but were removed in the most recent version of the package fans will see once the game launches on September 1st.
This removal may have been expected by fans as Konami removed everything Kojima-related from its web site. Previously, the company stopped the use of Kojima Productions’ social media accounts, and even cancelled a Silent Hill game (aka P.T.) Kojima was going to be responsible for.
As creator of the series, Kojima’s contribution should recognized in the box art, however, the removal of his name and the Kojima Productions logo seems to be making some fans upset.
[Source]: NeoGaf / Love Deterrence: Metal Gear Solid V final box art (A Hideo Kojima Game/Kojima Productions removed).