Kojima expected to start new studio with former Kojima Productions members, Nikkei reports

According to Japanese economy paper Nikkei Kojima has officially left Konami as of today, December 15th. At the moment he is starting a new company with former Kojima Productions members, and is in talks with Sony Computer Entertainment about his next game releasing on PlayStation hardware first.

Here is a translation of the article by user Zefah on NeoGAF:

Kojima Hideo, a famous video game creator known for the Metal Gear series has left Konami Digital Entertainment as of December 15th. He will form a new company where he will continue developing video games, with plans to release on platforms such as Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE)’s PlayStation.

He is forming the new company with people who worked under him at Konami. The rights to the Metal Gear series, for which he is most known, remain at Konami, so he will begin working on an all new title. Final negotiations with SCE are underway for this new game to debut on PlayStation.

Kojima is a world famous video game developer on the same level as Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Mario. He is highly praised for his elaborate stories and use of movie techniques to create impressive visual imagery. Metal Gear Solid V was released this September and became a massive hit, selling over 5 million copies around the world.

Hideo-Kojima-Februari-2014-Close-Up

 

Source: Nikkei, via lifelower Twitter, Polygon, JunkerHQ, NeoGAF

  • Meumels

    He lives!
    Bummer that he probably won’t be developing multiplatform when he joins sony.

    • biggy cross

      Yep I guess I’ll have to get a ps4

  • Yes please. And while they are on it, buy the IP for Silent Hills Sony, please.

    • Unlikely to happen. Konami needs that franchise so that people can hit the levers at their casinos.

  • Bruhhh!

    • Gatsu

      Them feels brotha!

      • Full Options

        A Hideo Kojima Dance

  • Yes! Kojima and Sony! My dream team!

  • Xilurm

    Oh my…. But what do you think he is in talks with Sony for if he is making a new studio? Do you guys think he will make a new studio under Sony or is he just collaborating with them?

    • According to JunkerHQ the negotiations are about a timed exclusivity deal for PS4.

      • Alex

        Its more about debuting the game on PlayStation rather than specifically timed exclusivity. Technically he could still talk to Xbox about having it also debut on there, if Sony isn’t funding any of it (which I think they probably are). Depending on how much Sony may fund, it could go time exclusive or full exclusive.

  • Full Options

    THyX ! Kojima Productions as first party SCEI studio ? Is.. is it happening ? πŸ˜€

  • CR7HarisSnake

    #ahideokojimagame

    I will support Hideo untill i die!

  • Yes!

    YES!

    Do it!

  • Raven_Sorrow
    • Gatsu

      XD

  • CΓ©sar H. Sandoval

    Kept us waiting, huh?

    • Xilurm

      Tbh, the real wait begins now.

      • CΓ©sar H. Sandoval

        Not quite, Sony will be hyping to hell and back whatever project Hideoi makes for them, and since he’s already free of the Konami snipers, you can bet he’s gonna be tweeting cryptic clues again about his future projects, the guy is a workaholic, so he will have something to show pretty fast.

        • Insert sausage photos here.

          • CΓ©sar H. Sandoval

            Bye sausage!

  • PrinceHeir

    Awesome, but it would probably limited funding. Sony is also backing up Yu Suzuki with Shenmue 3, but it’s not known how much their willing to invest.

    So you have Keiichiro Toyama(Silent Hill and Siren Creator) with Team Siren(has some former Team Silent members), You can hire Junji Ito, Masahiro Ito(Silent Hill 1-4 Art Director) then put in Kojima in the mix.

    Add in Shinji Mikami since he hasn’t announced any new project so far then you have a dream team πŸ™‚

    And maybe Akira Yamaoka since he’s been a freelancer and traveling all over the world.

    http://i.imgur.com/mUIhqsJ.gif

    • Gatsu

      I love this gif. πŸ˜‰

    • Mr.Pony

      “Don’t let your buddy die Konami, I’m pulling him out of there!”

  • Stuart

    YESSSS DOOO ITTTTT KOJI
    get your own studio that you own and control and get back to make the games you deserve to be appraised for (though im still a bit pissed about david hayter but keifer did ok

  • Gatsu

    http://www.reactiongifs.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/holy-sht.gif
    YEAAAH! Kojimaaaaaaa and his buddies will return! I miss you guys ;O.

  • Now, I want to know the studio’s name.
    Please Kojima, show us something just for fun.

    • ObsessedGeorge

      I hope it’s called Moby Dick Studios! It’s very well known by now as a studio name, plus it has the word “dick” in it! πŸ™‚ Fuck yeah!!!!!!!

    • CΓ©sar H. Sandoval

      Diamond Foxes

  • Full Options

    Hideo at SCE, would you RRRIIKKE IT ??

    • Mr. Sir Shpee

      As long as Sony lets him publish to PC as well I’m K with it

      • Full Options

        They have too.. Otherwise, they’ll end up like Konami… MGS4… PS exclusive ?
        GTA IV PS exclusive for 3 months, not wise at all. All these guys have to wake up.

        • Mr. Sir Shpee

          I have a feeling Kojima wants to reach as large an audience as possible with his messages. They’ll be at least PC and PS4.

          • Full Options

            No worries, they have to be all plats, since they share more and more the same HW.
            Software is fiddlin us sooo hard-ware. If Kojima is first party, then they are not targeting their own hard-ware only (even 3rd I’d add). PS3 was IBM, now PS4 CPU is AMD but everywhere they’ll be able to sell a copy, they’ll go for it. They have to. We would do the same.

          • Mr. Sir Shpee

            I wouldn’t count on Xbox, though. I don’t see Sony publishing on Xbox. That being said, Microsoft is publishing Minecraft on Wii U, and lets them update the other versions as well.

            Come to think of it, PlanetSide 2 is supposed to come to Xbox One. Anything could happen, I guess.

  • Mauricio Acosta

    Heck yes!!!!!!

  • Volf

    I F*CKING KNEW IT!!!!!!! :DDDDDDDD

  • Icosikaidigon

    Next years E3 will my interesting I bet. But I doubt he actually has anything to show us at this point. He has to actually get to work on whatever it is he wants to make next.

    I’m also guessing he can’t use the Fox Engine anymore, which sucks. And I doubt he’d be very keen on making another one right after making that one.

  • FOX

    Such a lust for revenge??

    • Ishmael

      Silent Thrills!

  • Full Options

    Vacations huh ?
    Turns out Hideo was on Sony PlayStaVacation πŸ˜€

  • News: Kojima makes a new Metal Gear game over at Sony and renames it as Platinum Liquid. Salt bags provided at Konami HQ.

  • Danny Patten

    For the love of god Sony, please don’t screw with this guy. PLEASE!!!!!

  • Mr.Pony
  • JJBYACH

    OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD, HE REIGNS.
    FROM THE ASHES OF KONAMI; HE LIVES
    WITH THE PHANTOMS OF KOJIPRO
    OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD.

  • Volf
    • Gatsu

      πŸ˜€

    • R0asted

    • Mr. Sir Shpee

      The Kaz Hirai parody account is already one of my favorite Twitter accounts, but this is the finest tweet.

    • Full Options

      I even hate the fake account. πŸ˜€

  • Venom_Sina

    He will release a new video about himself and his next project(s) soon.I’m sure of it.You know,stuff like thank you for supporting me,I’m gonna make a game etc.Can’t wait to see the next project from Kojima-san.It’s really good to see him on a completely different game.And please Kojima-san,don’t make a Metal Gear spiritual successor.

    Nyxus,what will happen to MGI?Will you continue to support Metal Gear or it will be Metal Gear/Kojima Informer?!

    • Poll? πŸ˜€

      • Venom_Sina

        That’s actually a good idea.
        Results : Kojima Informer 100%
        Metal Gear Informer : 0%
        LOL

        • Alex

          at least wait for the name of the new studio

    • The current plan is to keep reporting on Metal Gear, as well as Kojima’s future projects.

      • Venom_Sina

        So it will be MG/Kojima Informer.Thanks for your reply.

        • Changing the name for a website isn’t that easy to do. For now we’ll stick with this one and see what happens. We can still honor the series. πŸ™‚

          • Full Options

            Even if it was easy, why would you do that ? Come on. This is the perfect corner to evaluate Hideo’s legacy forever and make sure Konami will suffer if they don’t respect MG ?
            R U guys too drunk or is it just me ?
            “For everything Metal Gear” Changing the name would mean that
            Metal Gear = Konami…
            Metal Gear = Kojima, not Konami even if they own whatever the fuck would make them win an ice-cream in a court-room but certainly not in our hearts.

          • Full Options

            It is actually very easy, I can do it for ya but you’ll have to shoot me in the head for me to do that. πŸ˜€

        • Full Options

          Venom, slashes won’t work but even so, “For everything Metal Gear”, the watch-diamond dogs of Kojima, like the a mercs unit.

    • We love Metal Gear and We Love Hideo Kojima and his future projects.
      Metal Gear is not going away and changing the site’s name is difficult. MGI has fantastic community and I hope that everyone can enjoy Kojima, his new IP and our beloved series.

      • Full Options

        It is not technically difficult but politically difficult… :DD
        Don’t you guys ever dare doing this to us. This is me threatening you. xD

  • Icosikaidigon

    Also, can the name of this website be changed to “Kojima Informer”?

    • Gatsu

      I’m not sure is a name change necessary, but it’s up to Nyxus. I remember him saying in past, that he’ll keep dropping the news even if name stays MGI. Of Kojima and other stuff.

      Koji Gear Informer πŸ˜‰

      • Lewis

        I think we all still love Metal Gear. Konami hasn’t done anything bad with the franchise yet, so new MG games can be quite good. So I think this site can post news of MG and Kojima’s works, both. Maybe some redesign to separate them a bit, but as of right now, we are still fans of Metal Gear Huh. πŸ™‚

        • Full Options

          Konami fired Hideo and packed up V in a way we could not even imagine. They have to prove us that they’ll still respect it after that but this last info just confirm the lack of respect for a franchise and its creator who actually pay their meal through our money.
          I am sure a huge cut of Konami Staff is frighten to hell with such news, and I am sure Hideo is not happy with that at all.

          • Lewis

            Yeah, I didn’t mean the Kojima situation, cause…you know how it can happen. Kojima can really be a dick and spend a lot of money without reason, how can we know? Such things can happen, though I totally on Koji’s side here.
            So I think I will definitely give the first Konami MGS a chance. And then we’ll see. πŸ™‚

          • Full Options

            I know you know, no worries.
            I will certainly give a shot to the first MGS without Hideo, even if recent events proved that they are a bunch of assholes. πŸ˜€

        • Gatsu

          Indeed :).

      • Full Options

        It is not necessary at all. It would be a crime in my eyes. πŸ˜€

    • Alex

      Lets wait for the new studio name

  • Kojima at Sony for a contract:

    • Mr. Sir Shpee

      Still one of my favorite scenes ever

      • Full Options

        Laseeerr ? ;D

  • Adamska

    Well, congratulations, Konami, you finally did it. Here’s to you. Now, Kojima is free!

  • MrVux007

    Well if anything,we can be sure that SONY will treat him and his team with respect,given to their long positive history…all I can do now is to wish them “good luck” on whatever they are working on…

    • Full Options

      A week left dude. You have to check this out. Better waves ? Where are you ?

      • MrVux007

        Hey,much better weather and we are currently in eastern Caribbean…
        i might get a postpone on my home arrival for couple of days,since the person who is meant to replace me is having problems with his documentations(which is somewhat frequent thing in this line of work)…
        But ill hang in there, don’t worry πŸ™‚

        • Full Options

          Mmmh, postponed for 2 days ? That brings you to the 24th or 25th ?
          I hope your “second love after MG” is not too disappointed. πŸ˜€
          You are kind / classy with the guy that replace you because if I were in your situation, I would simply damn this cunt for postponing my MG experience like that ! xD

  • Adamska

    I was wondering with my cousin if Kojima will team up with Del Toro again, another horror game. It would be cool a spiritual sucessor for Silent Hills, just like Prince of Persia and Assassin’s Creed they will make the Peak of Silence.

    • Full Options

      Del Toro works always with Sony Pictures… πŸ™‚

  • I hope Shinkawa is also a part of his team now.

  • Sulaiman AL-BaKr

    I will keep waiting for your next project
    Here’s to you…
    http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/metalgear/images/7/7e/Oldsnake_salute.png/revision/latest/scale-to-width-down/640?cb=20110709065840

    No sorry for konami and what they think about it.
    >
    kinda disappointed for leaving him MG series.

  • kirtanloorii

    That’s what I like to hear. Can’t wait to see what Kojima can do without Konami intentionally sabotaging his efforts.

    • Full Options

      The more we get developments on all this, the more I think it was not even intentional.
      It was just pure amateurism…

    • Full Options

      Like no publisher ever did to a dev like that. I still thought it was a ruse, damn, his award… πŸ™

  • Man1ac123 .

    good news and bad news. if metal gear will be only ps4 then i cant play it. i just got a pc just to play metal gear tpp

    • BurntFM

      I don’t understand your comment. He isn’t making Metal Gear anymore. That’s Konami’s property. How did you get MGS being ps4 only from this article?

      • Man1ac123 .

        yeah youre right sorry

  • Machine Gun Kid

    Yea i mean this is good news and everything but it still means no more metal gear with kojima at the helm.

    • Full Options

      I feel bitter too but time to celebrate for Snake’s creator.

    • I think this is good.
      He should work on something else

      • Full Options

        You are right, but if they had let him finish V properly, I would not have complained, like at all.

        • True that.
          I just don’t want him to make another MG game (for now).

          • Full Options

            Yeah, even if he wanted, those “things” would not let him do it so, better for us to ignore all this.

  • Robin030

    as a PS4 owner right now

  • omar

    Kojima getting fired was probably the best thing that ever happened to him. Now he has the liberty to experiment and the pressure to succeed.

    • Full Options

      We will look over Sony’s shoulders and make sure that all is going as planned.

    • Alex

      He did good experimentation within the confines of Metal Gear as well.

  • Full Options

    Making their games PS exclusive will bring them less bucks than going multiplat. Even Konami understood this when they had still a neuron left. You guys remember that 1st to 3rd parties bring bucks to Sony on PlayStation but even more if the game is famous and shared on a max of plats.

  • ThreeMadFrogs

    “He is forming the new company with people who worked under him at Konami.”

    Personally, I’m hoping that means Yoji Shinkawa.

    • Full Options

      Mah ?!
      Hideo : How much they propose ?
      Yoji : 100 times more than under ya..
      Hideo : then go, you nuts or what ?
      Yoji : You nuts, I stay with ya

      More seriously, Koji-Pro needs to stay Koji-Pro.

  • Maik O’Bannon

    Good news indeed

  • PrinceHeir
  • Ishmael

    Go Jima!

  • WhatTheJuicay

    I’m sure we’ll hear more at next year’s e3.

    • Alex

      PSX would be the better venue if he’s collaborating tightly with Sony, since all the fans would be at PSX.

  • PrinceHeir

    Kojima moving away from MGS. Never thought you’d see the day. Wish his last games were the MSX remakes :

    Oh well. Fuck Konami. Still Big Boss will always be remembered as one of the best characters in gaming(sorry Solid Snake).

    http://i.imgur.com/qwZ88XOl.jpg

    • Full Options

      Kojima moving away from MSX2 for MG and Penguin Adventure on MSX

    • I don’t think there’s anything to imply Kojima is leaving MGS behind. He’s basically just finalizing Kojima Productions and turning it into what he most likely always intended for it to be in the first place. No reason his studio wouldn’t produce more MGS titles similar to how Silicon Knights produced Twin Snakes.

    • Alex

      That’s a really nice homage to the iconic Spiderman cover.
      I don’t think Kojima had any intention of remaking the MSX games though based on how he left things up to the player in MGSV. Before MGSV came out, I was always assuming it all lead to the remakes as well, but the game really proved otherwise. Remaking them now, telling one version of it, will go completely against what MGSV was about, whether if it were made by Kojima or Konami.

  • proceeder

    God bless you man! Fuck Konami!

  • https://twitter.com/Ken1555

    He is now Digital Entertainment Producer… a.k.a. on vacation or joined Kojima’s team. Owww yeah!

    UPD: LOL, he changed just right now to “Producer”. Owwww Yeah!!!!!

  • Alex

    “Final negotiations with SCE are underway for this new game to debut on PlayStation.”
    This doesn’t necessarily mean it will come first to PlayStation, just that it will be on PlayStation the moment it releases.

    • N-Shifter

      If something “debuts” somewhere, it means it’s there first doesn’t it?

  • Alex

    A fan from PSX
    It was too obvious with that smile

  • Alex

    Who else is thinking what I’m thinking?

    • Jav

      I’m always thinking that.

  • hunner
    • vic boss

      R.I.P 1987-2015 Farewell Snake.

  • Jav

    Sometimes I die like this. Is this because of lag? Because of my slow connection?

    • Spectralbuttplug

      I don’t play MGI but even though mgo2 was awesome the lag was horrible.

  • BurntFM
  • PrinceHeir

    Welp at least Konami confirms that Kojima is indeed leaving the company(i thought he was in vacation lol)

    http://gematsu.com/2015/12/konami-confirms-hideo-kojima-departure

  • Datguy8923
    • FMercenary

      That facial hair.

      • Datguy8923

        I know I love it

  • BurntFM

    I’m glad he kept the name.

  • VenomSnake421
  • MichaelPayneV

    OK, now let’s start speculating on the new Logo, what could it mean!

    GO! However, i’ll start

    http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/2939/6213/original.jpg

    The first thing, the “Outer Heaven” vibe, Hideo (John) going independent, while still collaborating with Sony (Ocelot), and rival to Konami (Cipher)

    Second, it seems as this will be something Futuristic, like some RoboCop dope sh*t, with Steampunk influences.

    Now, what else do you guys see that i dont?

    • VenomSnake421

      I don’t think the logo has anything to do with his new game though, but whatever it will be, it better have a freaking story.

      • MichaelPayneV

        Well, let’s just say that the “FOX” previous Koji. Pro Logo had A LOT to do with the project, so why this time won’t, is pure Kojima to hide clues in plain sight!

    • FMercenary

      It looks like a microscope with a human skull.

  • Spectralbuttplug
  • VenomSnake421
    • BurntFM

      OMG do they have job openings for a desperate assistant? I’ll get them coffee, and food. Clean the toilets. anything! I see they only have career openings for highly skilled computer geniuses so I’m shit out of luck. I can format a hard drive, am I qualified? :'(

      • VenomSnake421

        LOL

  • BurntFM

    Kojima: This isn’t even my final form.

    • Spectralbuttplug

      Off to opic:I LOVE FRIEZZZZZAAAAAAA.I REMEMBER IMAGINING GRABBING TH E BALLS OF SANGOHAN

  • MichaelPayneV
  • Spectralbuttplug

    His new game is related to this.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luden
    On his website it is written “From sapient to ludens”

    • MichaelPayneV

      So it i a SF/Steampunk thing.

      • Spectralbuttplug

        I suppose

        • MichaelPayneV

          Hmmm, actually more like “Ghost in The Shell”

          • Spectralbuttplug

            Ghost the shell fps has been announced and it sucks.Like resident evil online.Looks worse

          • MichaelPayneV

            Facepalm: No, no, no, Ghost in The Shell as in in the concept of the new IP, as in a Fururistic world, where there are cyborgs, like the logo itself!

          • Spectralbuttplug

            I did understand that part Alex .Just said that the ghost in the shell game announced yesterday looks horrible.

          • MichaelPayneV

            Yes, further more reasons to not even mention that game here.

          • Spectralbuttplug

            Yeah lol

  • MichaelPayneV
    • Spectralbuttplug

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luden
      First sahelanthropus and now this.Kojima has an amputation fetish a foot fetish and a fetish on the evolution of man.

    • Spectralbuttplug

      Goosebumps on the e3 2014 trailer

    • Spectralbuttplug
      • MichaelPayneV

        DAMN IT, and i wanted to sleep, get to work, get drunk, so no i’ll instead go at wprk both drunk and tired. DAMN YOU KOJIMA! :)))))))))))))))))))

        • Spectralbuttplug

          What do you work as?And yes DAMN YOU KOJIMA THE HACK.THIS IS FROM ANOTHER HACK

          • MichaelPayneV

            Well, Bartender, so i can get myself drunk pretty easy, and when i’m too drunk, i even give myself huge tips.

          • Spectralbuttplug

            Okay Desmond Miles.I never understood why get drunk.Hangovers appear to suck.However I have fantasies of me blasting DEEP HOUSE WITH A MEGA IRISH COFFEE CUP IN MY HAND ALONG WITH A CHICK
            EDIT:TYPOS A
            HAVE BEEN TERMINATED

          • MichaelPayneV

            Well, if you know what you’re drinking, you won’t always get a Hangover.

          • Spectralbuttplug

            My dad used to drink a lot.He still does at this FUCKing age

          • Spectralbuttplug

            Huge tips?LMAOOOOO

          • MichaelPayneV

            Yeah, as in over 50% of the bill.

          • Spectralbuttplug

            That’s weird shit right there.

          • MichaelPayneV

            Yep…let’s stay on the subject here.

          • Spectralbuttplug

            K.I NEED TO GO SOMEWHERE.

        • Alex

          I feel ya brother, we are Diamond Dogs

  • Spectralbuttplug

    http://scottgames.com/
    WTF IS THIS SHIT

  • BurntFM

    I didn’t think this would happen before the year ended, but I think it’s time to dust off the old hype train and bring it back full speed.

  • Check PlayStations most rescent YouTube video

    https://youtu.be/annuTcmB1rw

    • Alex

      Kojima sold all his expensive pairs of glasses to jumpstart his new studio, ha!
      Also, no more hair appointments!

  • Vinicius Silva
  • Spectralbuttplug

    Nitrogen in the ost of tpp pretty much proved Ludwig forsell can make a good soundtrack a la hotline Miami/far cry blood diamond.Hope he still is in KOJIPRO along with merceron

  • EyeHaveYou
    • Volf

      I love the new logo. It looks fucking sick! πŸ˜›

  • Venom_Sina

    First,I gotta say I didn’t know that Andrew House can speak Japanese (He’s pretty good).Give it up for Andrew “clapping sound” lol.
    Second,nice beard,Kojima-san.
    http://8pic.ir/images/tc6skvwcx7htcpwt70by.jpg
    Third,Now go.Let the legend come back to life…
    http://8pic.ir/images/9381vtv98yuxoo627m1u.jpg

    • Alex

      Andrew has been one of the main guys working in Sony Japan forever lol. Him and Cerny are very fluent.

  • Venom_Sina

    Quick update (you probably know that by now):Metal Gear Solid producer Kenichiro Imaizumi and Kojima’s assistant Ayako Terashima have also left Konami.

    It seems that IGN did an interview with new KJP staff.Ken hinted this on his Twitter. December 16,3PM Pacific.

  • Chico Ribeiro

    Bad news for PC gamers.

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