PS3 News: Payton Leaves Kojima Productions - PS3 News

Members Login: Register | Why sign up? | Forgot Password?

Payton Leaves Kojima Productions

The team that created Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots just received some bad news, as a key member has decided to leave to be closer to his family. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but it's definitely a big loss, and with MGS4 on his resume, a gigantic gain for someone else.

According to Kotaku, Kojima Productions' Ryan Payton has decided to leave the studio and return to his home state of Washington in North America. In asking why he left, Payton said he was "hit with some pretty heavy news concerning my mom" only three weeks after MGS4 hit store shelves. Furthermore, what with most everyone taking time off after delivering the masterpiece already adored by millions of gamers, Payton simply added, "it feels like this is how it's supposed to be. It's fate." On the more positive side, Payton did mention MGS5 during the interview. When asked, "Is there something you could've done at Kojima Productions, but didn't?" Payton answered:

I'm pretty satisifed with all I've accomplished at KP. I set my goals and hit almost every one. The dream has always been to get an original game concept green lit, but that'll have to wait until I find a new home. The good news is that I've got plenty of exciting ideas that I've been keeping close to my chest.

It'll be hard not being involved in MGS5, but I've got the utmost confidence that Hideo Kojima, Ken Imaizumi, and our amazing team will put together another blockbuster game. I'll be cheering from the sidelines."

Essentially, it's just more confirmation that a fifth installment will eventually be on the way, but unfortunately, Ryan Payton will not be part of the proceedings. In addition to being a truly valuable Kojima team member, during the build-up to MGS4, Payton was a crucial source of information for the press. He always kept us updated and never told a lie or spread rumors for the sake of PR posturing. This guy knew what he was doing, and the MGS universe is losing a big part of what made MGS4 successful. However, we're sure everyone wishes him the best, in regards to both family and future, and we hope another talented developer will benefit from Payton's experience.

Visit Kotaku for the full "I'm leaving" interview.

8/26/2008 Ben Dutka

Put this on your webpage or blog:
Email this to a friend
Follow PSX Extreme on Twitter

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Google Share on MySpace Share on Delicious Share on Digg Share on Google Buzz Share via E-Mail Share via Tumblr Share via Posterous

Comments (5 posts)

The_Chimeran
Tuesday, August 26, 2008 @ 11:43:10 AM
Reply

Good guy, good game. Wish him the best of luck.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Minishmaru
Tuesday, August 26, 2008 @ 12:03:02 PM
Reply

Yeah, sad to lose him but I'm sure we can look forward to more of his fine work on other projects

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Naga
Tuesday, August 26, 2008 @ 1:06:43 PM
Reply

Well Good luck old friend

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

karneli lll
Tuesday, August 26, 2008 @ 3:14:20 PM
Reply

mgs 5?it will probably be about what happened to raiden / sunny between mgs 2 n 4. wouldnt it be cool if you could play as raiden n slowly upgrade his human limbs for cybernetic ones?

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Jizmack
Tuesday, August 26, 2008 @ 8:52:14 PM
Reply

Yo Benny where u at on Mgs4, Just beat that laughing octopuss girl. Great game best 55 dolla i ever spent.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Leave a Comment

Please login or register to leave a comment.

Our Poll

What do you think about The Last Of Us: Remastered?
Fantastic! Can't wait to get it!
Good, not sure if I'll buy immediately.
Eh, not bad, but I don't care.
It's just a stupid money grab.

Previous Poll Results