Considering Hideo Kojima is supposed to only be on “vacation” it seemed pretty odd last night when a Keifer Sutherland accepted the award for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain rather than its creator, Kojima. But there’s good reason, apparently Konami “blocked” him from attending.
Yup, after Sutherland accepted the award, the camera panned back around to Geoff Keighley who revealed the reason for Kojima’s absence.
“As you noticed, Hideo Kojima is not here with us tonight and I wanted to tell you a little bit about that,” Keighly lamented. “Mr. Kojima had every intention of being with us tonight, but unfortunately he was informed by a lawyer representing Konami just recently that he would not be allowed to travel to tonight’s award ceremony to accept any awards.”
As you might expect, the “passionate fans” which Sutherland commented on during his acceptance speech weren’t happy, and started to boo.
“He’s under an employment contract and it’s disappointing and it’s inconceivable to me that an artist like Hideo would not be allowed to come here and celebrate with his peers and his fellow teammates,” Keighley added. “But that’s the situation we’re in. Hideo is in Tokyo right now watching the show – and we wanted you to know Hideo that we’re thinking of you – and we miss you. We hope to see you at The Game Awards 2016.”
Of course, there’s every possibility that this is some elaborate gag, but considering the recent history between Kojima and Konami, Keighleigh’s reasons for Kojima’s absence seems fitting.