February 2012: “Development Without Borders” – information leaked on the development of Konami and Hideo Kojima’s Next, and final, “Metal Gear Solid.”
August 2012: Announcement of game prologue, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. Fans create backlash over full price of a game that is less than two hours long.
December 2012: a trailer for The Phantom Pain is shown.
March 18th 2014: Ground Zeroes is released across all major platforms.
March 2015: Konami announces corporate restructuring of their company, seeing the parting with Hideo Kojima and the Kojima Productions development team. Konami officially states they no longer wish to develop AAA games in the future. Kojima’s name is removed from The Phantom Pain’s cover, despite confirmation that would continue to work on the game.
Fans across the globe protest the omission and creative limit of Hideo Kojima and speculate on what happened with the game’s development and the unfinished, elusive Chapter 51 of the game’s ending.
September 1st 2015: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is released. Kojima officially “On vacation” throughout the game’s press cycle.
December 2015: Hideo Kojima is absent from The Game Awards 2015, where he is awarded Best Action Adventure Game of the year. Kojima announces the new, independent, relaunch of Kojima Productions.
January 2016: Metal Gear Online officially launches, entire development team is laid off immediately.
June 2016: Konami continues the Metal Gear franchise in the form of Pachinko lottery machines, and zombie co-op shooter Metal Gear Survive.
To a standing ovation Hideo Kojima announces a new IP with a trailer at E3 2016: Death Stranding.