Konami is a much more profitable company without Kojima on board.

As per Eurogamer, the Japanese publisher has reported a 70 per cent jump in profits for the nine months ending December 31, 2016, compared to the same period in 2015.

Worth noting: blockbuster Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain released on September 1, 2015.

Last year's profit leap comes despite Konami's revenue being down 8.5 per cent, which makes sense: without Kojima Productions, it's a leaner company.

Konami now makes its money from mobile games like Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, which has been downloaded 25 million times. Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card games and the Pro Evolution Soccer games also continue to do well.

This year, Konami is expected to release Super Bomberman R on Nintendo Switch; Metal Gear Survive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One; and PES 2018 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.