Kojima and Shinkawa discuss the new studio in IGN interview

Website IGN has published an interview with Hideo Kojima and Yoji Shinkawa, in which they talk about the newly announced independent game studio Kojima Productions. Shinkawa will be overlooking art design, while Kenichiro Imaizumi takes on the production side.

Kojima can’t say much about the studio’s first project yet. “I want to create something that’s what people expect, but at the same time will have something new that people haven’t seen before. It will be a complete game.”

Yoji Shinkawa: “We’ve been working on a franchise that is beloved and has recognizable characters. One of my big goals is, visually, with whatever characters we create, to go beyond that, to be more recognizable, more beloved. That’s definitely one of the goals I have when it comes to the art side.”

Kojima also commented on the scale of the studio’s first project. “I’m thinking smaller-scale, not too many people, and focusing on game creation at first.”

While games are the main focus, Kojima is also interested in other forms of creative works. “The focus is on digital content, so we could consider movies, animations, anything. But first I think people expect games from me. That’s where I want to put my focus. Once we have an established IP in games, something solid that satisfies people, then we can consider movies and videos.” Kojima stated he’s still interesting in working with Del Toro on something.

“We’ll have more agility. We’ll be able to do things that are more edgy, preserving the quality we’ve had so far, while at the same time finding new challenges and exploring new areas.”

Shinkawa will be overseeing art for characters, concepts for the backgrounds, concepts for the mechs. “One thing that’s different is I want to accept challenges and do things I wasn’t able to do before. I want to expand, on a personal level, the things I can do.”


On the new logo, Kojima said: “I’ve always loved astronauts, and it is designed so it can be seen as a medieval knight or an astronaut’s helmet. The concept is, with new technology and a pioneer spirit, we want to bring you to a new realm – within the digital world, I mean – we want to travel together with you to a new realm to which no one has gone before. As for the skeleton, we’re homo sapiens – people of wisdom – but we’re also homo ludens – people who play – and the concept behind this logo is that: With new technology and a pioneer spirit, we’ll deliver play to a new world.”


On the engine they’ll use for their new game: “We could go either way,” Kojima said, “whether it’s using an existing engine or making another engine. We’ll have to do some research before making a decision on that one.”

This generation, console sales in Japan have been down, but Kojima is not too concerned about this. “I make games in Japan for a global market. As long as there’s a market out there in the world for making games, I’m not too focused on what’s happening in the domestic market in Japan. However, because I make games for all the world, I want to make games that go to a global market. If there are very fun games are out there, I believe they will eventually find their way to Japan. People in Japan will start consuming them.”

Lastly, Shinkawa and Kojima wanted to thank the fans. Shinkawa said: “One thing that happened through this period, the voice of the fans, the people who expected a lot, they gave me courage. They made me feel really good. I felt really gratified having worked so hard in creating games and doing the art I create. I want to correspond to the fans, to get back to them, and I think working again with Mr. Kojima is a great way to do this.”

Kojima: “I’ve been in this industry for 30 years. I turned 52 this year. I’m getting to a new start, and I am very confident. I’ll keep creating games until the day I die. Rest assured I’m making more games, something more fun, something you haven’t seen, and it would be great if I could count on the fans to support me in this.”


Source: IGN

  • Xilurm

    “It will be a complete game.”

    Shots fired!

  • Mr. Sir Shpee

    Offtopic, but the website is acting up again for me. Freezing and slowing down and all. Only an issue with this site, on Chrome 64-bit. Not sure what the issue could be.

  • Plissken

    Going to be quite a feat creating something new, following the Metal Gear franchise. But I know he can make the impossible possible.

  • Here, youtube link.

  • Robin030

    that new KojiPro logo is fucken badass! somehow gives me kind of a dark souls vibe… i love it!

  • “Shinkawa will be overseeing art for characters, concepts for the backgrounds, concepts for the mechs.” …mechs….mechs….MECHES YEEEEA!

  • Gatsu

    Great interview :D, create something we haven’t seen beforE ^_^. Of course we gonna support!

  • Venom_Sina

    Exactly what I said yesterday: “I’m
    thinking smaller-scale, not too many people, and focusing on game
    creation at first.”

    Good luck everyone in the studio.Can’t wait to hear more from you.

  • Volf

    It has begun… Time to exterminate what’s left of konami 😛

  • Solidus

    “Hey, That was some operation we had huh? I’m gonna rebuild it. Take back everything we lost.”

  • Meumels

    Where can i pre-order the collectors edition of their new game?

  • Cartmangus

    I’m very excited for the future of these two. I really can’t wait to see what they’ll bring us. I’m also pretty happy to hear that it’ll be scaled back, the game doesn’t necessarily have to be this massive open world game with a 140 hour long campaign. I’m actually getting a bit tired of these types of games, short, sweet and memorable is the way to go. The original MGS is barely a 10 hour game, yet most of us will never forget it. Something more condensed, and tightly focused made by Kojima, hnng.

    Given PT and the fact that the horror elements of TPP felt the most inspired in the game, I’m wondering if he’ll go further down that path and make a horror sci-fi title perhaps? Could be really cool, I don’t really need it to be pants-shitting-horror though, I know a lot of people loved that about PT. But something with a scary and heavy atmosphere would be really great as well.

    Ahh, really great news all of this.

    • Original MGS was huge tripple A title for it’s time.
      I want Kojima to develop a 7 or 10 or 50 hour game but with the same quality as before.

      I dont ‘want him to do indie shit. I want Hideo Kojima to create a new Universe that we will love. So for now, I’m skeptical at best. he does not have a technology, but he have money right now which is great.

      • Janeo

        I don’t see him creating indie games, no idea what he will create but he has always been about big budget titles and I’m sure his company can get funding pretty easily. Hopefully him and konami works things out and his company can produce future metal gear titles but it’s hard to see that happening right now. Will just be very interesting to see what he comes up with, I wonder if I will love his new series like I do metal gear.

      • Cartmangus

        I agree. I want that same ambition showing in the game worlds, the crazy attention to detail the team is known for. When I said scaled back I wasn’t talking about a tiny budget. I just don’t need him to make another open world game with a bloated campaign that lasts me 100+ hours. I’d be much happier to get something that is in the 8-15 hour range and feels like a coherent product.

    • Gatsu

      I know what you mean. I kinda have open world game fatigue currently, I can’t seem to finish some of them after putting like 50h into them. It will be super interesting to see what his next game is and how different it will be compared to MG.

      He managed to create one of the most well known franchises. Let’s see if similar thing happen again in future, when they can now push imagination to the limit, instead of being tied up into MG. I’m quite sure whatever it is, will blow my mind literally.

  • Jav

    He is going to create something never done before? Yeah, like something never done before with gz and tpp. I’m not buying again his lies.

    • XOF

      Uh the nuclear disarmament event with the FOBs? that’s never been done before in video games …

      lol you seem really upset and angry all the time on here … there are other amazing games out there that you can play.

      • Eugene Voldo

        Well, what’s the point of this event? What it gives to the player exactly? “We can do a lot if we work together”-type of metaphor? But that’s the basis of any MMO-game and so-called events. What this event gives to the player in terms of lore? Nothing. In terms of story? Still nothing since we know that no such disarmament took place in-between MGSV and MG1. So
        this event is non-existing in MG lore AND storyline. I’m sorry but I don’t see any merit
        in this event.

        • XOF

          Well I don’t know much about this event at all because I don’t play online. It was just something I’ve heard from people on here … so I don’t really know lol.

          Sorry if I’m spouting rubbish then.

      • Jav

        I just finished the order 1886 and that game has a better story than tpp.

        • Datguy8923

          yeah, well, that’s just like your opinion, man.

        • XOF

          Yeah, Order 1886 was a fun game!

          Well if you hate Kojima that much, maybe you shouldn’t support any of his future games …

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    • Eugene Voldo

      I’m actually more excited about this piece of news than about Kojima getting SCE contract. As far as I know Konami has tools and engine with MGS2&3 team members spearheading new project. So I think we will see a new MG title before Kojima show something more substantial than just a white
      blank with “PS4 exclusive” on it.

      • Janeo

        Same here, I’m still more excited for metal gear than whatever kojima is creating, I love every single metal gear game and I have hope they can make a great metal gear game without Kojima productions. I will definitely be looking out for what kojima is bringing us next but metal gear will always be what I’m looking forward to most and I know a lot of fans will never accept it and not give it a chance but hopefully the new metal gear can surprise a lot of people.

        • Eugene Voldo

          Yes, you are right, I’m not happy about a lot of things in TPP. The problem is, I wasnt happy with some Kojima’s ideas for a long time. In my eyes MGS4 and Peace Walker are the worst games in the series. TPP is basically PW2 so you can probably understand why I didnt like the game.

    • MichaelPayneV

      I’m curious. Patrice Desiletes would be a great choice for Director!


  • No Place For Hayter

    Badass beard Kojima, badass. Sounds like they are loving their freedom, looking forward greatly to what they are going to do now that it doesn’t have to be METAL GEAR! for Konami


    Im really curious what game Hideo Kojima will make now. Is this will be stealth game? or shooter? or maybe Rpg? Im really excited for His new projcet.

  • Steven Michael Brown

    Space exploration would be awesome

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