The Quest Log: June 16, 2017

Well, E3 2017 is over, and the summer–gaming’s driest season–is in full swing. In our last update, we rounded up all of E3’s major press conferences, but there was a whole lotta news that slipped through the cracks while the gaming world’s eyes were fixed on the expo. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights:

Konami Blacklisting Kojima and Former Employees

Brian Ashcraft with Kotaku reported earlier this week that Konami appeared to be blacklisting some of their former employees, including Hideo Kojima. The famed Metal Gear creator’s new studio, Kojima Productions, is having difficulty joining the Kanto IT Software Health Insurance Association in order to provide health benefits to their employees, and Konami may be to blame. More than that, Konami has “allegedly told large game companies to be careful about hiring former Konami employees and Japanese TV stations to disregard them.” Yikes.

KOTOR and Mass Effect Writer on Board for Anthem

Drew Karpyshyn, the veteran BioWare writer who’s writing experience stretches all the way back to Neverwinter Nights, has confirmed that he’s working on Anthem, the impressive-looking multiplayer RPG-shooter that BioWare showed off at E3 earlier this week. Karpyshyn’s had a hand in developing some of the most well-loved sci-fi universes in gaming, so his involvement should come as a welcome surprise to fans.

Hitman Developers Regain Independence, Retain Hitman IP

Despite the critical and commercial success of the latest Hitman title, Square Enix announced earlier this year that they were seeking to sell IO Interactive, the development studio behind the Hitman series. Today, IO Interactive announced that they had secured their independence once more while maintaining control of the Hitman IP.

The Elder Scrolls 6 Isn’t in Development Yet, Bethesda Says

After a disappointing showing at this year’s E3, Bethesda have confirmed that the sequel to Skyrim is still a ways away. While the report is consistent with what Todd Howard has explained historically, open-world RPG fans were all but convinced they’d see a game announcement from Bethesda Softworks earlier this week. For the time being, we know only that Todd Howard has confirmed they’ve got two unannounced projects in the work ahead of TES6.

Rockstar Shut Down OpenIV, Kill GTA V Modding Scene

The PC port of Grand Theft Auto V has enjoyed long-lived success thanks in part to the game’s extensive modding community. On Wednesday, however, the lead developer of OpenIV, the game’s most popular single-player modding tool, announced that their team had decided to kill the project in response to an official Cease-and-Desist letter they had received from Take-Two, Rockstar’s parent company. While OpenIV is still functional for users who already had it installed, the official download link now directs users to the official statement linked below.