Donna Burke sang the breathtaking " Heavens Divide" for Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. More recently, she sings "Sins of the Father" for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and voiced the iDroid in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. A talented singer, she's also cut tracks for an array of games and anime for various companies, and she continues to release solo albums. Burke is not a Konami employee.
Her claims didn't come out of the blue. Recently, Snake's Japanese voice actor Akio Otsuka tweeted that people should not cancel their Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain pre-orders. Via Twitter, Burke retweeted this and also wrote this in a separate tweet:
Another Twitter replied to Burke that he hoped Kojima "goes on to greater heights" to which she answered, "Oh he will and the team will too but that hasn't made it at all pleasant."
Even though things seem very, very strange between Konami and Kojima, Otsuka and Burke continue to urge fans to support the game, which the creator apparently is still involved with.
Continuing, Burke wrote, "They are still working for sure and the game is being tested now and some bits finished off to make it awesome." We've heard the claims Burke is making before. They are not new. However, this is the first that someone involved with Metal Gear Solid V has commented in a public forum to this extent.
Hideo Kojima has been quiet, and his video podcast was cancelled. In the past, Kojima was an active Twitter user and often uploaded photos. Now, his Japanese account seems to be used only for retweets. Kojima is uncharacteristically silent.
Konami acknowledged that internet use for Metal Gear staff has been restricted, but would not comment on whether Kojima was a full-time employee or a contract one. Previously, he was an exec at Konami, but doesn't appear to be one anymore. If true, going from top brass to a contract employee, having your production company shuttered, and seeing your name removed from something you created would be one hell of a demotion and a humiliating thing for anyone to go through.
Burke also claimed that the rumour about "power struggles within the Konami" is accurate.
Konami has denied Burke's remarks, telling Videogamer.com that the claim Kojima was fired is "categorically incorrect."