Konami Split with Kojima Because He Used Funding from MGS V To Make P.T. Without Approval
As we all know, the relationship between Hideo Kojima and Konami ended abruptly a few years ago after decades of collaboration. What we do not know is the main reason that led to the breakdown, a reason that after years could have emerged from the pages of Resetera. And it would have a sensational effect if it were true!
According to the reports, there were some sources very close to Konami and Hideo Kojima who have revealed that P.T. was developed by a small team of Kojima Productions without the publisher being aware of it. On the contrary, it seems that a small team of people knew about the project, to the point that many of the big guys from the company discovered the game’s existence at the time of its reveal at Gamescom 2014.
The testimony states that it was a small group of developers from the old Kojima Productions who made P.T. and when Konami learned about the things, it stopped the development of Silent Hills, and then fired Kojima and his staff from the studio.
This could be the basis for the split between the two parties, as – as the report continues – Kojima would even have created a ghost company so that he could release P.T. on the PlayStation Store, without informing Konami of his moves.
It is also unconfirmed that P.T./Silent Hills was developed with part of the funds made available for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, which made Kojima to ask the company for additional budget and delay the existing project compared to what was initially expected.
These rumors are not confirmed, so take everything with due precautions, but they don’t seem so far-fetched knowing how much freedom of movement Kojima had when he worked at Konami.