Kojima Productions removed from MGS 5 box art

Reference to Hideo Kojima and Kojima Productions have been wiped from the Metal Gear Solid 5 box art.

All those rumours about the deteriorating relationship between Hideo Kojima and Konami seem to be true.

The publisher has decided to remove all references to him and Kojima Productions from the Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain box art.

Konami uploaded the latest pack shots for Metal Gear Solid 5 earlier this week and NeoGAF users were quick to spot that a few changes have been made to the packaging.

As you can see above, on the left is the original box art with the Kojima logo, while the new box art is on the right with the logo removed.

The caption “A Hideo Kojima Game” has also been removed from just below the PS4 console masthead.

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This isn’t the first time that Kojima Productions logo has been pulled, with the logo previously removed from the Konami website.

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Things seemed to be sorting themselves out though, as Konami started re-adding Kojima’s name to its products.

But obviously things have turned sour once again.

The latest rumour comes straight from the voice of Snake and Big Boss themselves, who said Kojima Productions will no longer exist after Metal Gear Solid 5.

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is due to be released on September 1 on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.