Hideo Kojima turned down offers to acquire Kojima Productions. On a recent episode of his Brain Structure podcast, Kojima made it clear that his studio is independent.
Let me reiterate that we are an independent company. We have no connections, and no one supports us.
Kojima then goes on to talk about being approached by various companies looking to acquire Kojima Productions.
Every day, all over the world, I receive offers to buy our studio. Some of these offers have ridiculously high prices, but it’s not that I need the money. I want to do what I want to do. That’s why I created this studio.
Kojima states that as long as he is alive, he will not accept any offers of acquisition. “As long as I’m alive, I don’t think I’ll ever accept these offers,” he said.
Given that his struggles with working at Konami are well documented, it’s easy to see why Kojima doesn’t want to get back into a relationship with a major publisher.
Kojima also spoke about various other rumors, including the rumor that that the Death Stranding sequel will be presented as a Stadia release.
While rumors that a Death Stranding sequel would be made by Stadia may have been thwarted by Kojima himself, it’s not hard to imagine that there was some talk between Kojima Productions and Stadia boss Phil Harrison. Unfortunately, with the recent announcement of Stadia’s demise, we’re unlikely to hear more details about what has been proposed.
Kojima Productions is currently working on a couple of games – a sequel to Death Stranding and a new game in collaboration with Xbox.