Metal Gear Solid voice actress and singer Donna Burke has clarified comments made last week in which she claimed that Hideo Kojima had been fired, stating that "Konami is correct in that Kojima has not actually been fired".
"I agree, Konami- I should be more accurate," she wrote on Facebook, before highlighting the message she made last week.
"Konami is correct in that Kojima has not actually been fired. As I stated previously he and his team are still working hard on getting the game out. My sincere apologies to Konami, Hideo Kojima and the fans for giving the wrong impression.
"I was trying to add my voice to Otsuka-san pleading with the fans to not abandon MGSV because of the stuff happening at Konami and to throw my support behind Kojima and everyone who has worked over the last five years and is working to make this game the greatest ever.
"This is true.
"Kojima himself confirmed in a statement that he was still '100% involved' in the completion of The Phantom Pain, and was 'determined to make it the greatest game I've directed to date.'
"So my apologies for upsetting you all."
Last week, Burke asked fans not to " throw away the Kojima teams work over the last 5 years because upper management fired a genius". When asked whether she had just confirmed that Kojima had been fired she replied: "yes but it's been out in the media for weeks...but it's true".
A Konami representative later told VideoGamer.com that Burke's claim that Kojima had been fired was "categorically incorrect".
Burke also states that a report posted last month suggesting that Kojima is to leave Konami following the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain "is accurate", however.
"However be assured that MGSV has been made," she posted on Facebook, "it is ground breaking, breath taking in its scope and the team that made it is still in place putting the finishing touches to it at Roppongi Midtown up the road from my studio.
"It's just such a shame that in these few months before the release when the team should be ramping up publicity, joyfully communicating with fans, building up the excitement etc, they have to deal with this...
"Fans unite! Make Kojima Productions proud of you and don't desert the team when they need your support the most. In the end, the game you will play will be worth the wait and the blood, sweat and tears they have put into it.."
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain launches on PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PS3 on September 1. A PC release follows on September 15.