Surprisingly, the independent Kojima Productions founded after writer Hideo Kojima’s unceremonious departure from Konami has been the subject of several acquisition offers, but is not for sale. Speaking during an episode of Structure of the brain The veteran developer of the podcast admits he’s received some “ridiculously high” figures for selling the studio, but he doesn’t want to be absorbed into a larger company.
While Kojima didn’t name any specific publishers or platform holders, it’s safe to suspect that Sony might be one of them, given its close relationship with Kojima over the years — and its unprecedented support with Death Stranding. However, the Metal Gear Solid creator isn’t interested in a big payday, and just wants to retain creative freedom. Considering how badly things went wrong for him at Konami, that’s understandable.
“Let me repeat that we are Indians,” he said. “We have no affiliation and no support from anyone. And every day I get offers from all over the world to buy our studio. Some of these offers are ridiculously high prices but it’s not like I want the money. I want to make what I want to make. That’s why I created this studio. So as long as I’m alive, I don’t think I’ll ever accept those offers.
Kojima is currently teasing his next game, which is widely expected to be a sequel to Death Stranding – although the fact that he has a second game in development for Xbox is muddying the waters a bit. Recently, several Sony executives, including group president Jim Ryan, descended on Kojima Productions, suggesting that marketing plans for a new PlayStation game are in the works. We just know, though, that Elle Fanning and Shioli Kutsuna will star.
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