Now, information is suggesting that the acclaimed gamemaker has left the building, with his last day at Konami being October 9th 2015. The report comes from the New Yorker, and says that Kojima left with some fanfare, including a 'departure ceremony.' An unnamed insider leaked the news, and it seems that the rumours which started earlier in 2015 have finally come to pass.
We may never know the full details of what happened between director and publisher but it seems clear that Kojima wanted The Phantom Pain to be his last entry in the long-running series. Perhaps Konami was unhappy with that move and combined with the cancelling of Silent Hills is seems like a good time for him to bid farewell to a long standing relationship.
At least the final note was a happy one, The Phantom Pain is set to be one of the biggest games of the year, with sales of well over $200 million already. That's a fine farewell for the series (provided Konami doesn't continue on themselves) and we can't wait to see what Kojima does next.