After months of drama, famed developer Hideo Kojima, responsible for the Metal Gear Solid franchise, has finally left Konami. Months of drama peaking out with the closure of Kojima Productions, followed by the closure of the studio responsible for developing multiplayer aspects in Metal Gear, and the cancellation of the Silent Hills project with Guillermo del Toro, has made 2015 a hellish one for Kojima. With Kojima being forbidden to attend The Game Awards 2015 by Konami lawyers, things could not get any worse.
Reports have surfaced today that Kojima has parted ways with Konami, and is free to pursue his own ideas. Sources have Kojima developing and building a new studio, with a potential deal with Sony in the works to debut a new title on the Sony platform. With the rights of Metal Gear Solid being left in the hands of Konami, it does appear that Kojima will have to part ways with the series he has been an integral part of, but it’s off to much greener pastures at this point.
While we can speculate all we want at this point about potential new intellectual properties that Kojima could be shoring up, today marks a happy day and an end to the chaos of the Kojima and Konami problems.
UPDATE 12/15: It was confirmed by Sony Entertainment just earlier today that Hideo Kojima has indeed signed on with Sony to distribute a Playstation title. See the reveal by Andrew House, President and Global CEO of Sony, below:
Congratulations to Sony and to Mr. Kojima for their newfound partnership!