And the Saga Ends as Kojima Starts a New Studio, Working with Sony

And that’s it people, we’re done. The whole drama between Konami and Hideo Kojima has come to an end as Kojima has left Konami, kickstarted a new studio, and is currently in the process of working with Sony on an exclusive game.

After months of drama between Japanese publisher and developer Konami, Hideo Kojima is finally free. After having his production studio wiped from the game he created, Hideo Kojima has parted ways from Konami and is now bringing his new studio, also called Kojima Productions, into a new partnership with Sony to develop his first game exclusive to the PlayStation 4.

“PlayStation’s history is one of game innovation and great new franchises,” said Andrew House, President and Global CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. “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.”

The past few months have been pretty confusing for any fan of Kojima, as Konami has quietly pushed the acclaimed developer out of the company, first by cancelling Silent Hills, then removing the name of his studio from the box of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, then slowly shuttering any form of Kojima Productions studio. Then, when we thought he was free, Konami confirmed that he was on “vacation” and would be returning to the studio, only to be banned from attending The Game Awards earlier this month.

Fortunately, things seem to have come to an end as Kojima is now free to do as he pleases with his new studio. The first of which is this partnership.

“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,” said Hideo Kojima, Game Designer, Kojima Productions. “I cannot wait to deliver, with PlayStation, a game that will become a compelling franchise.”

Now, what are the chances Kojima will reconnect with Guillermo Del Toro to create Silent Hills? Probably none, considering Konami own the IP.