Why Kojima is working with Sony for Death Stranding

In an interview posted by French website Gameblog, Kojima explained why he chose to partner up with Sony for his first title. He said that he received numerous offers, but wanted to assure that they were under the best conditions for this first title. He has had a good relationship with Sony for a long time, and the absolute trust between both studios allows him to focus on the creative aspects. Partnering up with another company would have meant more non-game development tasks. Contract negotiations would have taken more time, and Kojima doesn’t think things would’ve happened as quickly as they have now. Sony has offered him a lot of freedom and support. Of course, he still had to explain his plans to them, but they immediately told him to go for it and do what he has to do. Because of this, energy that would’ve normally been put in pitching his next title could now go into the project itself, which according to Kojima makes a real difference.

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Speaking to The Guardian, Andrew House of SIE Japan talked about visiting the new studio. “I was possibly the first visitor to Kojima’s new office. It’s just across the road from mine.” he said. “I went over to see how they were settling in, and the atmosphere was great – there was such a vibe of creativity. I’ve not told anyone outside of the company this story, but when I sat down to watch the trailer, Kojima had arranged it so that every single employee gradually gathered behind me. By the time it was over, the whole of Kojima Productions was around me, so I had to address them all. It was lovely.”

Jim Ryan of Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe also talked about the collaboration between his company and Kojima’s in an interview with VG24/7. When asked if they place any restrictions on Kojima, he replied: “My perspective on that would be if you try to place too many constraints on a free spirit like that it’s probably not a wise thing to do. But equally, clearly, with something like that there’s a significant investment on the part of Sony, and all of us who make those sort of decisions around that sort of investment are ultimately accountable to Sony shareholders. It’s a balance between allowing the creativity to flourish and recognizing that we’re part of a business.” Fortunately Kojima has had to balance business and creativity in the past, so he should be capable of performing this task now that he is leading his own studio as well.

And it looks like the freedom Sony is giving to Kojima extends to other things as well. On yesterday’s PlayStation E3 2016 Livecast, Shawn Layden (Chairman of SIE Worldwide Studios) talked a bit about Kojima’s appearance on the Sony conference. When Kojima walked down on the bridge of light the crowd went wild, with the life orchestra in front of the stage performing a piece of Mad Max music. “By request from Kojima-san himself.” Layden revealed. “That’s what he asked for, and we got the orchestra to perform that piece.” No surprise for those who know Kojima, as he is a big fan of the movie series, and he named Mad Max Fury Road the best movie of 2015.

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Source: PlayStation Livecast, VG247, GameBlog, Gamer Center Online, The Guardian

  • ObsessedGeorge

    He kinda botched his white line walk but who gives a sh*t? Certainly not him! He’s God!

    • He started walking a bit too fast at the end. He could have been a total rock star and walked down slow, stood there while the audience screamed his name for 5 minutes. But in classic, modest Kojima fashion he asked the fans to quite down. Said “Eyem bach!” Then got right to business. I love that man.

      • Gatsu

        XD lol

      • ObsessedGeorge

        That appearence in Sony’s E3 stage is an instant classic. Just like the one in GDC with his “new trairer, take a rook” speech. Legendary! 😀

      • Full Options

        ALO … ALO EBERY WAN !
        EYEM BACH ! ;D

    • Also.

    • Alex

      I’ve noticed over the years he has a habit of walking fast. No doubt always being a busy man.

  • Gatsu

    Sony was the best choice definitely 🙂

    “By request from Kojima-san himself.” Layden revealed. “That’s what he
    asked for, and we got the orchestra to perform that piece.”

    Yeah ofcourse it had to be Kojima’s idea ;D, the greatest moment and entrance in E3 history!
    https://a.tumblr.com/tumblr_o8qsatORce1r64w2io1.mp3

    • That Duke Nukem theme from Megadeth is still the best version of a video game theme song in the metal genre. It’s so good. I wish Duke Nukem didn’t die just do I can kick ass and chew bubble gum to that song again.

      • Gatsu

        It’s so awesome ^_^.

    • Steffan

      The best entrance ever still goes out to Miyamoto in 2004 when he showed up with Link’s sword and shield after the Twilight Princess trailer in my opinion, but Kojima’s is a close second!

    • NOIIICE

    • Gatsu

      I need one of these >_<.

    • Full Options

      Mmmm… Death Stranding… My little beloved future system seller…

      • Biggy

        Sometimes i think you are the sony Man Im confused!

        • Full Options

          xDxDxD I am confused too, sometimes I think I am Andrew ! 😀

  • Punished Fox

    damn it, what a shame we won´t be able to play this game until 2020 or something like that.

    • 2020 the latest it’ll come I hope.

      Damn. I’m not ready for this wait.

      • Punished Fox

        well a AAA game takes about 2 years to make give or take and Kojima hasn’t even started developing it I understand, it took him about 5 years to develop MGSV from 2010 (it came out 3 years after it was first teased in 2012) and I know this is not going to be open world, that big in scale I presume and he’s not creating a new engine from scratch but Sony is giving him all the freedom he wants so I guess he’ll take his sweet ass time making Death Stranding so I would say 2020 is actually the “earliest”. This was just a concept trailer and the shitty thing about Kojima is that he likes to tease every single shit he does every now and then which is kind of a torture if you are a fan but hey, what ya’ gonna do. Long story short friend, prepare for the long wait…

        • Yeah, I’m sure MGS V took forever because he was building the Fox Engine.

          But yea, I’d say 3 years for a AAA game. He said they already have the concepts got the world figured out. Hopefully he is able to polish it like he loves to do.

          It’ll take forever, but will be worth the wait.

          • Full Options

            Merceron said they had to rewrite the AI system from scratch since the previous one was too sloppy / heavy for the open world mechanism. This induced as well to redo many things in the levels which cost him to be literally hated by level designers for 9 months.

        • Full Options

          Yeah he still underline he wants to release it fast, but the manner he answered to Geoff about it …
          Well guys, that’s the way it is, we can not have a good Koji-Game without waiting a bit for it. Even if I was getting mad when waiting for TPP, I would have easily left him a year more, because I know that this time is never wasted with him. ;D

  • Ardens Anima

    Mad Kojima.

    Also, he’s already dropping them emotion bombs and he only just revealed the game. T-T

    • The music in the trailer when you first see Ludens (my theory is Norman is Ludens) and the music has that church like Choir I got goosebumps and instantly got dem feels. Crying, with the baby I’m his hands. Take my money all day

    • Gatsu

      He did say that he’s going to aim for a emotional story in first game ;).

  • hunner

    Is Death Stranding exclusive to ps4 ?

    • Yes sir

      • Gatsu

        Has it been confirmed or could it be just a timed exclusive? I thought they discussed about PC version before.

        • I’m not sure, I was under the impression it was exclusive.

        • Shortly after the announcement a Q&A session was published that stated it would also come to PC later, but it was deleted very quickly (and to this day it is gone). So it’s a bit unclear for now.

    • Raymondius

      When talking about his next game back in December when his team up with Sony was anounced, it was said that the new game was not going to be PS4 exclusive and it was going to be released on PC as well.

      http://www.polygon.com/2015/12/16/10288004/kojima-productions-ps4-timed-exclusive-pc-release

      • Full Options

        Interesting, perhaps the sensible question is still at the very center of his negotiations with SCEI. I remember him declaring somewhere he was not happy about MGS4 being PS3 exclusive…
        I bet he want to go multiplat whereas SCEI don’t. Will probably end up with a timed exclusivity or something.

  • BurntFM

    I showed my friend the WTF trailer. His response was: “what? Is Kojima directing a Tool music video?” I can’t think of a more perfect comparison. Yes. Yes he is. If you can make a video game out of a tool video. Kojima would be the perfect guy.

    • I sent it to a friend who was at work and he said his manager, who is female started watching at and “appreciated Norman butt” haha

      • BurntFM

        I think most people appreciate Norman Reedus’ butt. LOL

    • Gatsu

      I love Tool and their strange videos. Schism ftw ^_^, I think Lateralus or 10000 days I’ve listened to most, but all their songs are amazing.

      • BurntFM

        Hell yeah! Another Tool fan. The first time I heard one of their songs I was hooked. Lateralus is one of my favorites as well.

    • Leguywhodrownedquiet

      Flying Lotus vids are pretty weird af too
      Tool ftw

  • What do you guys think of?
    Make sure to check the description
    https://youtu.be/s76phB9UeV4

    • Gatsu

      When you put the letters PT and DS together, you almost form a certain thing.

      • Uhm do you mean PTSD?
        Yeah that’s pretty close I guess.

        • Gatsu

          Yep :3.

  • vic boss

    I found this pretty funny

  • Mr.Pony
    • Gatsu

      Yeah I’m excited for it :), Dontnod is one of my favorite developers now. It’s been such a long time since my last vampire game.

  • Full Options

    Mmmh, interesting, so Boss visited not less than 20 studios… I was under the impression he visited between 5 to 10 ones. Boss has a lot of secrets, hehe ! ;D

    Can’t wait for HideoTube S1E4, should normally be out within the 2 next weeks, HueHueHue ! 😀

    https://twitter.com/HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN/status/743610026586046464

  • Full Options

    Andrew interviewed by The Guardian (cool stuff about Hideo’s new studio, VR, etc..) :

    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jun/17/playstation-boss-console-hideo-kojima-manufacturers-developers

    • Nice find! Added the part about House visiting Kojima’s studio to the post.

      Maybe now we can track down the secret location! 😛

      • Full Options

        Yeah, Andy dropped a serious hint there ! ;D
        Andrew’s office = Marker placed ! xD
        I loved the story about showing him the trailer for the first time.

  • Robin030

    via the gaming bible

  • Danny Patten

    @Nyxus:disqus you need to tone it down man… 😀
    https://twitter.com/GerodruS/status/743803575990550529

  • JJBYACHFullOptions2FucKonami

    https://twitter.com/KojiPro2015_EN/status/743469347092389888/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

    Seems like Kojima is trying to pioneer a new genre of games like he did with the stealth genre. So hyped. I theorised his new game will deal with the concept of death, but I never thought he would take it that far and make it an actual game mechanic – if he pioneers another genre of games there will be no doubt in anyone’s mind that he is a genius, and it will hopefully shut a lot of his critics up.

    • Mr.Pony

      What I get from this is that he’s doing a game with no game over. Seems a bit Rogue-like genre

      • I haven’t read anything else yet, but for me it felt not roguelike-like (where each death is a full restart) but something more like… For example a platformer, where if you die you leave a body behind, an obstacle, which you can use for solving the level.

        Or a highly-interactive world where death does not mean restarting to a previous point in time but continuing with all the consequences of what you did before you died, a bit like Dark Souls I suppose.

  • Let’s not force him to do Hideotube episode. The game is much more important right now.

    https://twitter.com/HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN/status/743877835127820288

    • Was there even an English version of it?

    • Gatsu

      I agree with you :).

    • Jav

      He wasn´t busy while doing mgsv.

  • Rene Peña

    have you ever consider change the page name?, you know since the metal gear saga is already dead, The kojima informer or something

    • Metal Gear Saga is not dead and will never die in our hearts. MGI will honor Metal Gear titles and Konami so far is interested in the future Metal Gear Projects.
      + There are nuke counts, multiplayer patches, dlc and stuff.

    • BurntFM

      I don’t think that would be a good idea. I think all the people here in this community share a love for the Metal Gear franchise. Even Konami is a shit company and Kojima moved on to other projects, we still can have a website dedicated to all things Metal Gear. Nyxus has written some good articles on past games. There’s still so much more we can discuss.

    • At this point there are no plans for that. We don’t know if Metal Gear is truly dead (Konami said they will continue) and besides, there are still the old games.

    • Rene Peña

      the thought just crossed my mind since 90% of the metal gear fans are kojima fans and they made it clear that they won’t support the franchise anymore without kojima leading it.

      • Gatsu

        Yeah this has been asked many times before and it’s okey to ask, but we’ve thought that it is best to stay with the current name for now :). There are still fans who are still interested in MG, even if it don’t have Kojima and the brothers posted below some good explanations.

        I’m not sure how easy it is to change to new name.
        But it’s up to Nyxus if someday we gonna change it.

      • Jav

        I will support the franchise even without hk.

      • The last thing we heard from Konami is that they want to continue to make Metal Gear games: http://www.metalgearinformer.com/?p=19707

        So there is still hope.

      • Full Options

        There is a poll on top of the page that may give you a quite accurate estimation of the interest of the community regarding a possible future Metal Gear. The community is clearly divided on the topic, but half of it (~52%) still wants to play MGS6 even without the Boss directing its production.

  • Zero Cypher

    This is not Metal Gear news…stop posting this stuff…it is not why I come here…do I need to get my MG news elsewhere ?

    • Which Metal Gear news are you referring to? If there is Metal Gear news, it is posted here.

    • Gatsu

      Please don’t try to tell the creator of this site what to post… MGI is for both Metal Gear and Kojima news. But don’t expect to get much MG news anymore, unless Konami actually do something with the franchise.

    • Lamp123

      Sorry, but has there been any Metal Gear news lately? No.
      If there is recent Metal Gear news that we don’t know about can you provide us with links/sources, so the creator of this site can put it on here.

      It’s okay that you are not interested in kojima/death stranding, but many people here are. We are interested in metal gear news as well, but there is no news at the moment.

    • Full Options

      What are you talking about ? MGI follows ev-er-y moves of Kojima and Metal Gear in real time for years now. You are obviously not familiar with this place.
      Take your time to compare with possible other sites and you will end up with the obvious conclusion that MGI is among the most (if not the most) up to date regarding Metal Gear.

    • Leguywhodrownedquiet

      Mate are ya drunk fam?

  • Leguywhodrownedquiet
  • Danny Patten
    • Leguywhodrownedquiet

      I hate cats but this is cute
      However where is the Off Topic disclaimer thingy?

      • Gatsu

        How can someone hate cats 🙁 ?

        • JJBYACHFullOptions2FucKonami

          I’m not a fan either – don’t hate them, but meh.

          • Leguywhodrownedquiet

            Can’t stand those backstabbers lol

          • JJBYACHFullOptions2FucKonami

            My friends cat always tries to eat my leg. At one point we were cool but then he betrayed me and went back to his old ways, for literally no reason… I don’t get cats.

          • Full Options
          • JJBYACHFullOptions2FucKonami

            I think they can be cute – but I would never own one.

          • Leguywhodrownedquiet

            Lol
            I don’t get humans too now
            Listening to commercial stuff,watch inaccurate stuff like american sniper and support wars
            Nah jk

          • JJBYACHFullOptions2FucKonami

            I don’t understand anything anymore. I was 100% sure we wouldn’t see Kojima at E3…

          • Leguywhodrownedquiet

            Hehehhehehhheh

          • JJBYACHFullOptions2FucKonami

            *HueHueHueHueHueHue

            FTFY

          • Leguywhodrownedquiet

            I wanna hug the guy that did the subtitles for the show
            Oh wait it’s not show but nvm

        • Leguywhodrownedquiet

          It’s not that I hate them but I prefer dogs
          Diamond dogs

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