Hideo Kojima Partners With Sony for New PC, PS4 Game
Hideo Kojima, the creator of the massively popular Metal Gear game franchise, has recently been in the headlines, but not for his game design talents. No, Kojima’s name has actually been doing the rounds due to the very public fallout between him and his (now, former) employer, the publisher of the Metal Gear games, Konami. While the conflict between the two once friendly parties is rumored to stem from Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain’s expensive development costs, it has resulted in Kojima being banned from a games industry awards ceremony and, eventually, it resulted in him leaving the company.
Now that Kojima has officially departed Konami, fans have been raising questions about what the talented creative will do next. Well, this week they got an answer as it was leaked (and officially confirmed soon after) that Kojima and his development team, Kojima Productions, have partnered up with Sony for a new game. This game will be released as a “console exclusive” on Sony PlayStation 4 (meaning that for the foreseeable future, those who play video games on a Microsoft console will be unable to play this mystery project) and it would come to PC at a later date; though it’s currently unclear how much later that PC release date will be.
Indeed, the title is very much shrouded in mystery as it’s in pre-production (Kojima hasn’t long left Konami, after all) but a small amount of tidbits have been offered up, For starters, we know that the game will not be related to either the Metal Gear franchise or to P.T., the cancelled horror game that Kojima was working on with film director Guillermo del Toro.
Moreover, we know that the game will incorporate mechs in some way, shape, or form as Yoji Shinkawa, an artist who has worked with Hideo Kojima before (on the Metal Gear franchise) has confirmed that he will be making mech designs in his new role at Kojima Productions. However, whether the player will get to control the mech or whether players will be facing up against mechs (or even fighting alongside them) we just don’t know.
Another tidbit that has been revealed as a result of this Kojima/Sony partnership is that Kojima is eager to get involved in virtual reality technology. The game developer says that he believes the tech “has a future” and that he’d “like to take part in that.” Many critics feel that virtual reality will live (or die) on the merits of its software, so if a famed developer such as Hideo Kojima made a game suited to the tech, it could certainly drive the sector to success. And finally, Kojima has said that Kojima Productions “could consider movies, animations” and that once the studio has an “established IP in games”, they will look into that.
It sounds like Kojima Productions has a lot of big things planned, so we’ll keep you posted on any future developments.
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