Game news Kojima Productions (Death Stranding) soon to be acquired? Hideo swings and it’s not for now
Published on 04/11/2022 at 08:11
In recent years, the trend has been for takeovers of studios, even entire publishers: the biggest are even hungrier and are engaged in a real battle of territorial conquest. Obviously, Kojima Productions also received some offers…
We know: Hideo Kojima has not always had a good time at Konami. If the firm allowed him to fly away with Metal Gear and to be the personality he is today, the end of the journey did not go very well: between the end of the hasty development of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and a purely and simply canceled Silent Hills, the Japanese designer has finally packed up with years and years of loyal service.
Obviously, Kojima was resourceful and quickly built his own studio, Kojima Productions, which spawned Death Stranding and who is currently working on several projects (the first images of which have just leaked). There’s even an Xbox exclusive in the mix!
Something to interest the biggest players on the market: not just to ask for games, but to absorb the entire firm… and that, Hideo Kojima does not wish for anything in the world.
money doesn’t matter
It was in his own Spotify podcast (details can be found here) that Hideo Kojima opened up about the takeover rumours: yes, he receives tons of proposals and, apparently, offers of a dizzying amount, but he is fiercely not interested.
Let me repeat that we are independent. We have no affiliation and are not endorsed by anyone.
And every day I am approached by offers from all over the world to buy our studio. Some of these offers are ridiculously high priced, but I don’t want the money. I want to do what I want to do. That’s why I created this studio.
So, as long as I’m alive, I don’t think I’ll take any of these offers.
What matters to Hideo Kojima is independence and creative freedom. And given his tumultuous history with Konami, these values can be understood quite easily.
By the way, the Japanese developer takes the opportunity to deny a rumor that he was refused a certain game by Phil Harrison, the late Google Stadia boss.
The rumor that Death Stranding, apparently a sequel, was in the works to become a Google-exclusive title that Phil Harrison ultimately rejected is unfounded.
I never once told Phil that I wanted to do a Death Stranding sequel. I don’t know who got this kind of information and from where.
In short, now all you have to do is wait patiently for the reveal of one of the mysterious projects… Maybe at the Game Awards 2022, next December?
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