After months of speculation, Metal Gear Solid mastermind Hideo Kojima has finally been able to reveal he and MGS publisher Konami have parted ways. But Kojima is moving forward with a new studio and an initial partnership with Sony.
Sony Computer Entertainment has announced that Kojima’s newly formed Kojima Productions, the same name of Kojima’s former studio, will develop its first game exclusively for the PlayStation 4. The game will be from a new franchise, not a continuation of Kojima’s work on the Metal Gear Solid franchise.
Kojima clarified on his Twitter account that his contract with Konami had been officially terminated as of Dec. 15, following months of uncertainty about just where Kojima and Konami stood professionally, particularly after Konami began erasing Kojima’s name from art associated with his games. Most recently, The Game Awards host Geoff Keighley spoke openly about how Konami’s lawyers had reportedly prevented Kojima from appearing at the awards show, where his last game with Konami, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, was in contention for Game of the Year. (EW named The Phantom Pain the best game of 2015.)
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Kojima has revealed the new logo for his studio, but little is known about the project the studio is developing. Kojima and Sony Computer Entertainment’s Andrew House made the announcement of the exclusive partnership with the independent Kojima Productions in a new video.
For more on Kojima’s last game with Konami, read EW’s praise of The Phantom Pain and Kojima’s work on Metal Gear Solid over the decades.