Kept you waiting huh?
It seems legendary game creator Hideo Kojima’s nightmare feud with Konami has finally come to an end, as Kojima and Sony Computer Entertainment President Andrew House formally announced that the next project from the mastermind behind games like Metal Gear and the ill-fated Silent Hills will be made in partnership with PlayStation.
The news comes way of a YouTube video published on the official PlayStation channel late last night. “I’m happy to let you know that I have established my own independent studio today,” said Kojima. “And I’m excited to tell you that the first title from this new studio is a collaboration with PlayStation.”
Kojima’s past work has greatly contributed to the legacy of PlayStation. His vision for the original Metal Gear Solid was at the time only achievable on the PS1, and gave rise to more cinematic quality of storytelling in video games. “I’m thrilled to embark on creating a new franchise with PlayStation that will give you all a new and innovative gaming experience, so please stay tuned.”
In the past year, Kojima has held a seemingly antagonistic relation with former employer Konami, who is said to be trying to leave the AAA games space in favour of mobile game development and other tech pursuits.
The hotly anticipated horror title Silent Hills, a collaborative project between Kojima and filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro was cancelled last winter, and had its beloved playable teaser pulled from the PlayStation Store later in the year. When Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain shipped worldwide, Kojima’s name had been removed from the game’s cover, much to his own surprise. Most recently, Konami barred Kojima from attending the 2015 Video Game Awards, where he won Best Action / Adventure Game and Best Soundtrack for Metal Gear Solid V.
There are few details on Kojima Productions’ first independent game, other than that it will be a timed exclusive on the PS4 before heading to PC at a later point, and that it will be an entirely new franchise. Konami still owns the rights to Kojima-touched properties like Metal Gear, Zone of the Enders, and Silent Hills, so the future of those titles is still foggy.
“Hideo Kojima has been a huge part of [PlayStation] history,” writes SCE President Andrew House in a press release. “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.”
What do you make of this news? Are you excited about Kojima’s first game independent of Konami? Will we ever see another Metal Gear? Sound off in the comments.