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Ryan Payton quits Kojima Productions for family reasons

Tuesday, 26th August 2008 11:45 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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According to this Kotaku post, Metal Gear assistant producer Ryan Payton has quit Kojima Productions, citing family reasons.

“Back when I joined Kojima Productions in 2005, I hit the ground running and didn’t stop until we shipped Metal Gear Solid 4,” he said. “Then, for the first time in three years, I wasn’t working on any games and I had a three month vacation ahead of me.

“I went back home to my family’s place in Washington state and literally three weeks after MGS4 launched we were hit with some pretty heavy news concerning my mom. I don’t think I need to go into details, but all of this has reminded me about how important family is. So this past month I decided to leave Kojima Productions and look to continue my career working closer to my family in North America.

“It’s not easy leaving my other family (the MGS team), but with everybody taking time off and not having any other big projects to shift focus to, it feels like this is how it’s supposed to be. It’s fate.”

And yes, he does mention MGS5 over there. We salute you, Ryan. Best of luck.

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  1. Zarckan

    Best of luck Ryan, you already know this, but hey, here it is again.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. mart

    Sad to hear that, from both perspectives. He was a great asset to the team over there, too.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Quiiick

    Sad to hear what happend to his mother. Best luck!

    But glad to see him leave the Kojima-team because he was mainly responsible for westernising MGS4. And that was the only aspect of MGS4 I did not like.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. mart

    Accessibility for the lose, right? Psssh.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. patlike

    I don’t like the idea of hour-long cut-scenes more than westernisation, frankly. Which is why I haven’t played it.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. mart

    That’s a bit silly Pat, you really should play it. It’s truly great. Not the best in the series, but great. It has one really, really long cut scene, and most of the rest of it is pretty normal MGS fare, so you shouldn’t let it put you off.

    #6 6 years ago