IN AN official release Sony Computer Entertainment Inc (SCE) announced signing an agreement with the new, Kojima Productions.
The news came on December 16, after Hideo Kojima returned from a supposed ‘vacation’ away from Konami.
Leading his new studio, Mr Kojima, will be developing his first software title as a console exclusive to the PS4.
In a statement, Mr Kojima said:
“I will be taking on a new challenge by establishing my own independent studio, and I am thrilled to be able to embark on this journey with PlayStation, who I have continued to work with all these past years.
“I cannot wait to deliver, with PlayStation, a game that will become a compelling franchise.”
Welcoming the deal with the legendary director, Andrew House, president and global ceo of SCE said:
“PlayStation®’s history is one of game innovation and great new franchises.
“Hideo Kojima has been a huge part of that history, and we are therefore delighted that he has chosen to bring his brand new project to life in partnership with PlayStation. We look forward to working with him on an exciting new game and warmly welcome him to the PlayStation family.”
This is good news for Kojima fans that feared the worst after his apparent split from Konami.
Really though, there is nothing especially surprising about the announcement.
Mr Kojima has shown a potential bias towards Sony’s consoles over the years with the vast majority of releases being Playstation exclusives.
Unfortunately, the rights to the Metal Gear franchise are no longer in Mr Kojima’s hands.
This means that whatever is coming will not be another adventure for Snake. The Phantom Pain is sadly the last time we will be able to take on some espionage action.
Fortunately, Hideo Kojima is a genius, so fingers are crossed for a revitalising new intellectual property.