Hideo Kojima, the creator of the smash hit action stealth franchise Metal Gear and its various sequels and spin offs, has revealed that he is partnering with Sony to develop games for the PlayStation 4. Kojima was dismissed from his position at game publisher Konami earlier this year amid a flurry of rumours and controversies, not the least of which when his last day would be, but according to a tweet from the developer, he is now a free agent and has formed his own independent studio named Kojima Productions.
“My employment contract with Konami has been terminated as of Dec 15th, so today marks a new start for me. I’m committed to be involved in creative activities for as long as I live. Look forward to what’s coming” the tweet read.
In a video posted by Sony later that day, the console manufacturer revealed that Kojima is partnering with Sony Computer Entertainment to develop a new title exclusively for the PlayStation 4, at least on consoles. “PlayStation’s history is one of game innovation and great new franchises,” said Sony Computer Entertainment President Andrew House. “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.”
“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,” added Kojima himself. “I cannot wait to deliver, with PlayStation, a game that will become a compelling franchise.”
The game, which remains without a title or description, will come to the PC sometime after the PlayStation 4 version, though the period between the releases was not detailed. However, it seems pretty unlikely that the game will ever make it to Xbox platforms seeing as Sony probably wouldn’t invest money in a project only to see it fall into the hands of their direct competitor (see Street Fighter V).