With Hideo Kojima’s name taken off the latest Metal Gear Solid game, many have speculated that he will be leaving Konami. Earlier this week, the 51-year-old video game producer officially confirmed these rumors to reporters.
“Konami is great and all, but I’ve set my sets higher. Ever since I was a child I’ve always wanted to become a seiyuu (voice actor). I could be up there with the greats like Mari Iijima, Fumi Hirano, or dare I say Tiffany Grant.”
“Konami has a new deal with EA Games to make the next seven Metal Gear games. I’m sure the franchise will be left in very good hands,” Kojima continued.
Kojima has reportedly already signed on for several roles in upcoming shows. It’s already been confirmed that he will be replacing Kana Ueda as Tohsaka Rin in the next season of Unlimited Blade Works. The upcoming Macross Delta will feature Kojima in his first singing role. Even more outstanding the fact that Kojima will be voicing the entire cast of Cross Ange Season 2.
Some have wondered if Kojima’s new voice acting work might lead to new anime adaptations of his video games. Kojima disputed this; “I never really cared for any of my games, except for Snatcher, and look how well that sold.”