After what seems like month after month of not so nice to hear rumors and problems from Japanese developer Konami, the renowned Metal Gear Solid brainchild Hideo Kojima has reportedly left the game giant to for his own studio to make new games on his own.
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The game designer reported via Twitter that Konami had actually terminated his contract as opposed to him leaving – the developer’s turbulent relationship with Kojima and his Metal gear Solid games has been heavily publicized recently, with Konami removing their branding from Metal gear Solid V promotional materials as well as barring Kojima from attending video games awards shows.
— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) December 16, 2015
“I will be taking on a new challenge by establishing my own independent studio, and I am thrilled to be able to embark on this journey with PlayStation, who I have continued to work with all these past years,” Kojima said in a recent statement following his exit from Konami. “I cannot wait to deliver, with PlayStation, a game that will become a compelling franchise.”
The aforementioned game will be the first from new studio Kojima Productions – according to the studio a new game will arrive from Kojima for the Playstation 4, so obviously Kojima’s long-time legendary status with Sony has not been tarnished by this change of publisher.
Indeed Kojima recently appeared with Sony President and global CEO Andrew House in a video announcing their new partnership – see below.
Kojima’s not just got back on board with Sony – the developer’s new studio has already been turning heads with a fancy logo (shown in the article header) via Twitter.
It’s not really set in stone whether Metal gear Solid will continue with Kojima Productions, or whether the game has run its course. The decades long franchise starring favorite character Solid Snake has almost always been a Konami Kojima collaborative effort. Next year will no doubt bring more developments from the new studio.