Hideo Kojima’s new studio is officially a thing
Today marks the end of Hideo Kojima’s contract and non-compete clause with Konami and the beginning of an exciting new period in his career.
Earlier this morning a report from Japan’s Nikkei wrote that the celebrated producer who created the Metal Gear series, including this year’s blockbuster success, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is establishing a new studio. That studio has been revealed to be Kojima Productions, and they’re working with Sony Computer Entertainment to create a new title that will be a PlayStation 4 exclusive.
The news was made official some hours later when Sony released a statement and a short video on the official YouTube channel for Playstation that confirmed the collaboration.
“I will be taking on a new challenge by establishing my own independent studio,” said Kojima, who sports a thrilling new beard in the video. “I am thrilled to be able to embark on this journey with PlayStation, who I have continued to work with all these past years. I cannot wait to deliver, with PlayStation, a game that will become a compelling franchise.”
“PlayStation’s history is one of game innovation and great new franchises,” said House. “Hideo Kojima has been a huge part of that history, and we are therefore delighted that he has chosen to bring his brand new project to life in partnership with PlayStation. We look forward to working with him on an exciting new game and warmly welcome him to the PlayStation family.
Visiting the official website for the new Kojima Productions takes visitors to an interesting company mantra in the form of a soliloquy, an excerpt of which follows: “From the moment we enter this world, we instinctively invent ways to have “fun,”and share our inventions with those around us. We are not asked to do this, nor do we need reasons to create. It is simply who we are. […] Even if the earth were stripped of life and reduced to a barren wasteland, our imagination and desire to create would survive – beyond survival, it would provide hope that flowers may one day bloom again.
It’s been an eventful year for Kojima. In March, Konami announced a corporate restructuring that also involved the removal of Kojima Productions’ name from promotional materials for Metal Gear Solid V. Not long after, the publisher canceled Kojima’s long-gestating collaboration with legendary filmmaker Guillermo del Toro to produce the next Silent Hill game. In July, Kojima Productions was disbanded.
In October, a month after the release of Metal Gear Solid V, the New Yorker reported that Kojima was leaving Konami, and the author of the story even tweeted a picture showing the farewell party that was held in his honor. Konami bizarrely denied the report, saying that Kojima remains an employee despite the dissolution of his studio and the removal of his name from the company roster.
Most recently, The Game Awards was rocked by controversy when the ceremony’s host and producer, Geoff Keighley, interrupted the proceedings to call out Konami on the reasons behind Kojima’s absence. Kojima was prohibited by Konami from attending the show and accepting an award given to The Phantom Pain.