One of the most well-known veterans at Kojima Productions might be departing the studio. A new report from VideoGamesChronicle says that Kenichiro Imaizumi, a longtime producer of the Metal Gear Solid series, has departed the studio following the launch of Death Stranding.
Alongside his work on Death Stranding, Imaizumi also worked with Kojima at Konami, dating back to 2001. He was a producer on a number of Metal Gear Solid titles, including Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.
VGC's sources seem unclear on the reason for departure, though one claims it was due to a disagreement with Kojima Productions' directors. We've reached out to Kojima Productions for comment, but have not heard back yet.
A number of the Death Stranding staff followed Hideo Kojima to the new Kojima Productions, following the well-known developer's messy split with Konami. VGC tallies up over half the team on Death Stranding as hailing from Kojima's former studio under Konami.
Though the split between developer and publisher resulted in the unceremonious axing of Silent Hills, the team would go on to create Death Stranding, a star-studded stealth-horror "strand game" that instantly became one of 2019's boldest and strangest games.
There's been no update as of yet to Imaizumi's Twitter feed or mention of a departure. Wherever the longtime Metal Gear producer goes, it's a shame that it seems to be leading him away from the team he had a large hand in shaping.