One of Hideo Kojima’s primary accomplices, Ken-Ichiro Imaizumi (pictured far left), has departed Kojima Productions after 20 years. The veteran, who worked alongside the Metal Gear auteur at Konami before helping to co-found his new independent studio of the same name, most recently oversaw all production on PlayStation 4 console exclusive Death Stranding.

While there’s been no confirmation of the reasoning behind his departure, a VGC source claims that it’s down to a disagreement with one of the studio’s other directors. This is all speculation, of course, and it may just be that after two decades in the role, he’s simply looking for a change of scenery. It is telling, however, that he was absent from Kojima’s recent world tour.

[via videogameschronicle.com]