After 30 years with publisher Konami and protracted, ugly weirdness surrounding the development of his last game, Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima is finally free. Free to make new games, and free to grow a beard.
Kojima took to the Playstation YouTube channel to announce some new stuff: first, the creation of a new studio with the same name as his old Konami subsidiary, Kojima Productions. Second, that he’s working on a new game that’ll be released on Playstation 4 and PC.
This after the strangest corporate breakup possibly ever, surrounding the creation of Metal Gear Solid V. First Konami took the usual label, “A Hideo Kojima Game,” off the game’s box, after releasing art that clearly once included it. The company also canceled Silent Hills, a new addition to the horror game franchise that Kojima was going to direct and that would have seen collaboration from film director Guillermo del Toro and The Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus. The cancellation happened after Konami stealthily released a demo that blew up the internet with hype. And then, MGS V came out—but in a clearly unfinished state, with the entire ending of the game pretty much incomplete. After that, Konami kept denying that Kojima had been fired or had quit, instead insisting he was “on vacation,” but also barring Kojima from attending The Game Awards to accept an award for MGS V.
Finally whatever spooky contract magic Konami was holding over Kojima has run out, and he’s loose to make something new. After years and years of Metal Gear, who knows what that could be? Kojima’s studio also has a cool logo with a skull inside a space-age Final Fantasy-esque knight helmet. It’s truly a new age.