“It’s unclear what the real story is—Kojima is staying mum on the issue—but it’s not uncommon for developers to take an extended leave after launching a game. Creating a title can take several years and towards the end of that cycle, developers work into the early morning hours to get it done in time for its expected launch.

Regardless, Kojima’s latest (and perhaps last) creation for Konami has been a smash hit. p has been widely viewed as one of the best games launched this year. Given its success, it’s likely that Konami would like to see Kojima come back and develop more games, but that’s ultimately up to him.

According to Kotaku, which cited unidentified sources, Kojima’s contract with Konami is set to end in December.”

Here’s a look at Kojima’s farewell party the from the New Yorker’s Simon Parkin:

Perhaps it was not really a farewell party, but a celebration of the game’s completion. Brian Ashcraft of Kotaku reported the following:

“Konami denied that he has left the company. ‘Currently, Kojima and the development team are finished developing Metal Gear Solid V and are taking a long time off from work.’

When asked about the farewell party, Konami replied, ‘We’re not sure what kind of thing this was.’

This pretext of a ‘vacation’ could be a way for a long fade out, but Konami insisted, ‘Because the development time for console games is so long and fatigue builds up, it’s common for employees to take extended periods of time off when development is finished.’ ”

Well, this news might give the fans some hope that Kojima may stay at Konami after all.  It would be nice if Konami would take Silent hills out of cancellation and let Kojima and Guillermo del Torro finish it.