Despite wanting to attend and discussing it with host Geoff Keighley, Hideo Kojima was absent from the 2015 Game Awards. It appears that the rumors that he would be attending to represent Metal Gear Solid V were based in reality, as Keighley explained that a lawyer representing Konami told Kojima he would not be able to attend. Keighley explained that instead of attending Kojima was at home in Japan watching along with everyone else. Metal Gear Solid V won Best Action/Adventure game and Kiefer Sutherland accepted the award on Kojima’s behalf, Metal Gear Solid V also won Best Soundtrack. This was then followed up by an amazing performance by Stefanie Joosten of Quiet’s Theme from the Metal Gear Solid V soundtrack.
This development comes after Kojima was supposedly on a “vacation” and as of right now the official statement is that Kojima hasn’t stopped working for Konami yet. This new development would seem to contradict that official statement, because it doesn’t make much sense for Konami to bar Kojima from attending The Game Awards if he is simply on “vacation”. If what Keighley says is true, things are definitely not going to be improving for Konami’s public image anytime soon.
It should also be noted that Kojima did not attend the PlayStation Awards either this year where Metal Gear Solid V won a Platinum Prize, and two User Choice Prizes; Konami PR representatives accepted the PlayStation Awards. If this story develops further. So far neither Konami nor Kojima has acknowledged what Keighley has said besides Kojima retweeting this tweet by Keighley:
@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN congrats, we miss you my friend!
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) December 4, 2015
and this tweet by @YongYea :
Geoff Keighley stated that Hideo Kojima wasn't allowed by Konami to attend TGA 2015… what a load of D-Horse shit. https://t.co/0ALKHeQxPV
— Yong (@YongYea) December 4, 2015