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Hideo Kojima’s Name Erased from Silent Hills and Zone of the Enders Websites

by Kyle Hanson

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Konami’s somewhat baffling campaign to erase Hideo Kojima’s name from all of his creations has continued with the removal of Kojima Productions from both the Silent Hills and Zone of the Enders HD websites. This follows after the highly controversial removal of “A Hideo Kojima Game” from everything Metal Gear Solid related, and the rebranding of his development studio. The move is said to be caused by an overall corporate restructuring effort on the part of Konami, which will see them move away from a studio structure, to a more central HQ managed one.

The changes made to the Zone of the Enders HD website seem to be particularly egregious as they don’t just focus on the already renamed studio. The page used to read “the games feature the engrossing storytelling of Hideo Kojima paired with thrilling robot fights in a futuristic interplanetary setting.” Now it simply states “the games feature the engrossing storytelling, paired with thrilling robot fights in a futuristic interplanetary setting.”

Gamespot first noticed the changes on Silent Hills page. Silent Hills has been a point of quite a bit of speculation, making that removal still a hot topic of debate. With rumors pointing to Kojima leaving Konami once work is done on MGS V: The Phantom Pain, many wondered if his work on Silent Hills was over as well. Taking his studio’s name off of the project isn’t too surprising since the studio has been renamed already, but it does bring up the questions once again. When asked for comment Konami simply reiterated their restructuring plans, giving very little info about the continued production of Silent Hills.

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