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Hell hath no fury like Konami scorned, apparently. A report in Japanese newspaper Nikkei has revealed that the ongoing feud between the Japanese publisher and Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima is ongoing – despite him having left the company years ago following the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

Back then there were reports that the firm had forced the auteur to work in solitary confinement, isolated from the rest of his team. And now a new article has revealed that the company may still hold a grudge against its former employee. This story is absolutely crazy, so you'll want to buckle up and get comfortable while we dish the details.

It all starts with forgotten co-op title Metal Gear Survive. Last year at the Tokyo Game Show, Kojima was asked about the game as part of a panel. And here’s what he said: “Well, for me, Metal [Gear] is espionage with political fiction. Right? So, because of that, there’s no reason that zombies would show up.”

Harmless? Konami didn’t think so, as it started pulling clips from the panel off the web. Furthermore, it allegedly sent a strongly worded letter directly to Kojima, stating: “You are unfairly sullying the reputation of our company.” Tetchy, but fair enough.

However, here’s where it gets really crazy. According to Nikkei, the new Kojima Productions has been attempting to join the Kanto IT Software Health Insurance Association with little luck. The association spans over 7,000 organisations, offering discounted health insurance to tech industry workers, and other perks like gym and restaurant discounts. Given that it owns various sports clubs, Konami is believed to be a big player in the association. Go figure.

And finally, the newspaper reports that Konami has been smearing many of its ex-employees, informing large game companies to be careful when hiring former staffers, and it’s asked many of its previous workers not to refer to themselves as “ex-Konami” staff.

This is crazy, crazy stuff. It all comes courtesy of Nikkei – via a translation – so of course there’s a chance the information within may not be accurate. But if it is…

[source nikkei.com, via jin115.com, kotaku.com]