Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima has left Konami after months of discord between the two, according to the New Yorker.

Kojima finished work on October 9th, ending a career of nearly twenty years at the studio.

Cracks first appeared in the Kojima-Konami relationship in March, when the director's name was shorn from promotional materials for several games including Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

Silent Hills, Kojima's co-production with Guillermo Del Toro, which was also to be published by Konami, was also cancelled.

Many have speculated that his departure was motivated by Konami's shift from AAA console games towards mobile titles.

Konami has stated, however, that it is seeking new developers to take over the Metal Gear franchise.

Kojima remains under a non-compete clause which allegedly expires in December.