Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima’s next step in the video game industry may have been just announced. Kojima is now said to be starting his own video game production company comprised of Kojima Productions staff and is currently in midst of negotiations with Sony to have their first title be some sort of PlayStation exclusive, according to a Japanese publication called Nikkei.
As of this writing, Kojima has officially left Konami, this report claims, citing sources that unnamed and frankly, unverified. At this time, it’s unclear if Kojima is talking to any other studios to publish his new game.
We’ll follow up when we receive word from either Konami or Sony, because as I said earlier, these reports have no verification to them.
In October of this year, it was reported on multiple news sites that Kojima had left Konami and that he was under a non-disclosure agreement that expires in December 2015, which was in line with previous reports.
Hideo Kojima was not present at The Game Awards 2015 or even the PlayStation Awards in Japan to accept awards for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. According to long-time friend Geoff Keighley, lawyers representing Konami instructed Kojima that it would not be a good idea to attend.
Many news sites reported earlier this year that Kojima was likely to leave Konami following the completion of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, which released on September 1st. There have been subsequent reports of a power struggle between Kojima Productions and Konami, which resulted in limited access to emails, phone calls, and internet.
In July, the voice actor for Venom Snake in Japan stated that Kojima Productions no longer existed as a development studio, soon after the cancellation of Silent Hills, a new Silent Hill game from Guillermo del Toro and Hideo Kojima, as well as the mysterious removal of Hideo Kojima’s name from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain‘s box art.
Hideo Kojima started working at Konami in the year of 1986, creating franchises like Metal Gear and Zone of the Enders, as well as one-offs such as Snatcher, Policenauts and Boktai.