Recent reports indicated that celebrated game creator Hideo Kojima had quit Konami and is starting his own studio, Kojima Productions. This has been confirmed both by Kojima Productions and Sony. The first game to be developed by the newly formed Kojima Productions will be console exclusive to PlayStation 4.
"I'm happy to let you know I have established my own independent studio today. And I'm excited to tell you that first title from this new studio is a collaboration with PlayStation. I'm thrilled to embark on creating a new franchise with Playstation that will give you all a new and innovative gaming experience so please stay tuned," said Kojima in a video announcement.
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In the same video, Andrew House, President and Group CEO Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. offered the company's full support in this endeavour.
"PlayStation's history is one of game innovation and great new franchises," said House in a prepared statement that followed. "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."
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"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," said Kojima "I cannot wait to deliver, with PlayStation, a game that will become a compelling franchise."