Sony Nabs One of Gaming Industry’s Biggest Developers

22 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Metal Gear Solid’ Creator Inks Game Deal with PS4.

After nine months of speculation and obfuscation, Hideo Kojima, one of the video game industry’s most respected developers, is finally, officially divorced from Konami. Hideo Kojima, the designer behind the popular video game franchise “Metal Gear Solid”, will make his next title exclusively for Sony’s PlayStation 4 (PS4) console.

Hideo Kojima is to form a new studio and create an exclusive game for Sony’s PlayStation 4, bringing to an end months of mystery about what he was up to. Games studio Konami terminated its contract with Kojima as of December 15, the creator said via Twitter on Wednesday, and has established his own company, Kojima Productions. There was no timeline for the next release or even what the game would be about, but Kojima said in a separate release that he “cannot wait to deliver … a game that will become a compelling franchise.” When big game franchises or creators sign exclusive deals with console makers, it is often seen as a big coup with companies hoping to boost sales of devices. Sony Computer Entertainment has announced that Kojima’s newly formed Kojima Productions, the same name of Kojima’s former studio, will develop its first game exclusively for the PlayStation 4. Kojima clarified on his Twitter account that his contract with Konami had been officially terminated as of Dec. 15, following months of uncertainty about just where Kojima and Konami stood professionally, particularly after Konami began erasing Kojima’s name from art associated with his games.

Kojima and Sony Computer Entertainment’s Andrew House made the announcement of the exclusive partnership with the independent Kojima Productions in a new video. The creator was removed from Konami’s website for the game in March, and later this year cancelled a game called Silent Hills that Mr Kojima was working on with Guillermo del Torro.

But as enthusiastic press and fans asked what it all meant, the company deflected questions—issuing just a terse statement reading “Konami Digital Entertainment, including Mr. While speculation has been that Kojima would likely land in some sort of relationship with Sony when he was finally free of Konami, analysts say the announcement is still a big feather in the company’s cap. “It’s an incremental positive,” says Mike Hickey of Benchmark Capital. “Exclusive games can still be a differentiator for the console side.

Life to date, the PS4 has sold more than 30.2 million units, making it the fastest selling system in the history of the PlayStation brand—even eclipsing the storied PS2.

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