Half-scale Ludens statue returns to Kojima Productions as the studio turns one

Kojima Productions was established as an independent studio exactly 1 year ago today. Kojima looked back at the past year and how the studio grew from a few people with barely any equipment to where it is today.

“A year ago today. 4 crew members started the new studio. At that time, it was a tiny rental office, had no fax or priter or tool at all. I had my new laptop, Yoji had paper & whity pen and handmade Kojima Production T-shirts. And we had DREAM & HOPE. It’s been a year since then, the new enterprise is waiting for the beginning of adventure in the dock.

In Jan, worked on planning, searched the location to base in, the technology & strand, started recruiting staff, broadcasting HideoTube. In Feb, started technical experiments. In March, started gameplay experiments. In April, started experiments on the story’s worldview. In May, announced LUDENS in Sweden. In June, announced DS teaser at E3. In July, announced KJP logo trailer at SDCC. In Dec, announced the 2nd DS teaser at TGA, and DECIMA game engine at PSX.”

Chairman of Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios Shawn Layden congratulated the studio via Twitter, as well as Guerrilla Games.

Hideo Kojima and the official Kojima Productions Twitter also posted some more photos of the half-scale Ludens figure created by Prime 1, showing the assembly and some of the details such as the stand (complete with footprints) and the tip of the spear that holds the flag.

“Welcome home, Ludens (1:2 scale). Thanks to ! And yes, we plan to make it commercially available in the future ;)” – Kojima Productions Twitter

Source: Hideo Kojima Twitter, Kojima Productions Twitter, Shawn Layden Twitter

  • Full Options

    Happy Birthday to Kojima Productions !!

  • BurntFM

    Oh man. How time flies. I remember the article posted with pictures when they first got the office and it was I think only Kojima Imaizumi Shinkawa and Ayako. I hope KojiPro has found enough talent to make the best of the Decima Engine and move forward with projects beyond Death Stranding.

  • LeGuyWhoDownedQuiet

    The gods have spoken bitches
    No more biblical stuff and bullshit theories https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f68eb77c82e8fdf667653c72d1bbc89b8706efce26a63e6f772f0ef273d2c7a2.png

    • Full Options

      Besides, IMDB lists Norman and Mads just for “(voice)”. Not clear when they’ll figure out that games contains now real actor performances… Not really fair for the actors, they are not just doing the voices !?

      • LeGuyWhoDownedQuiet

        Ay whassup mi old Butler
        Last time you made a biblical film it clearly went good,rightttt?
        /sarcasm
        I think it might have a few mythological influences including the good ol’ mythology straight outta Jerusalem
        After all Mgs is filled wit biblical references
        Also I have no idea how naked snake thinks our dead friend Santa “Small bells” Claus exists but doesn’t know he was a Turkish guy named St Nicholas
        I can’t believe that dude became a monster warmongerer and a child enslaver after

  • Venom_Sina

    1 Year? WOW. Time just flies. I remember it like it was one week ago…
    Congrats to KJP staff. Wish the best for them.

    • Lex Radu

      Exactly. Hope it will be the same with the same waiting for DS!

  • Tom Brearley-Smith

    Happy Birthday, reborn Kojima Productions! Hope to see more of Death Stranding down the line next year. 🙂

  • Lex Radu

    Happy Birthday!

  • Lex Radu
  • Lex Radu

    Analysis time: Well, those eyes are definitely of Norman Reedus, more exactly, an older version of today’s Norman!
    If Yong’s Theory is right, that is.
    http://images.mstarsnews.musictimes.com/data/images/full/32183/norman-reedus.jpg

  • JJBYACHFullOptions2FucKonami

    Ey guys, what you think about this:

    http://thekoalition.com/2016/former-konami-president-shinji-hirano-becomes-president-at-kojima-productions

    TL;DR:
    Shinji Hirano, former president of Konami Europe has apparently been listed as President of Kojima Productions for at least a month now according to LinkedIn

    The more the merrier, eh? 😛

    • Lex Radu

      Good news!

    • Yeah Full Options pointed that out last week, but it seems to have become hot news now. 😛

      • JJBYACHFullOptions2FucKonami

        Ah, I see. I sometimes forget we have an S++ rank intel agent over here 😛

      • Xilurm

        So wait, what does that mean? Kojima is still the CEO and head of the company right?

        • BurntFM

          umm…I don’t know how yo got that out of this. Kojima has stated many times that he doesn’t like the business side of things. He would often tweet he dreaded going to “meetings” (I assume business meetings) and would rather spend his time creating. I think he trust this person to handle all the business aspect of the company while Kojima goes FULL KOJIMA and focus on the games.

  • Alex

    The resurgence after being MIA for so long last year, the Pheonix rising at E3, and then TGA/PSX. It has been a wild first year. Kojima is the only guy in the industry that can go from point A to Z like that so quickly in one year.