The strange saga of Hideo Kojima and his now former employer Konami has come to a close: Yesterday the Metal Gear creator tweeted that the day marked the end of his contract with Konami and “a new start” for him and his new independent company Kojima Productions. A Playstation Network video released the same day featured Kojima with president and Global CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Andrew House discussing Kojima Productions’ future with Sony, which includes the creation of a brand-new game.
Kojima’s relationship with Konami has been strained to say the least; from the company removing Kojima’s logo from ad material for his games, the sudden cancellation of Silent Hills, the renaming of Kojima Productions Los Angeles to Konami Los Angeles Studio, and even more recently when it was found that a lawyer from Konami prevented Kojima from attending The Game Awards 2015.
But now that the contract with Konami has been terminated, Kojima has a new team, a new logo, and his sights set on the future.
In an interview with IGN Kojima also stated that with the new company, games will come first but is open to things outside the medium. “…I think people expect games from me,” he stated, “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.” When asked if he would make any games specifically for Japan Kojima told IGN that his games would be tailored to a global market, and declared that if there are good games out there in the world they would eventually make their way to Japan. While absolutely nothing has been released concerning Kojima’s project with Sony other than it would be a PS4 exclusive, Kojima did mention that he would be very eager to work with his former Silent Hills co-director Guillermo del Toro on whatever he had in mind.
Following Kojima’s transition to indie dev status are artist Yoji Shinkawa and producer Ken Imaizumi–both worked extensively on the Metal Gear series–as art director and lead producer, respectively. Kojima Productions is seeking to hire more employees for its studio in Tokyo, but Kojima described the benefits of the new arrangement to IGN saying that the studio’s relatively small size will give them more “agility”, and the ability to do things that are more “edgy” while maintaining the quality longtime fans have been used to.