Update: Sony has officially confirmed their partnership with Hideo Kojima and his new studio; here are some comments from both and an announcement video is pasted in below:
From SCE President and Global CEO Andrew House:
"PlayStation®'s history is one of game innovation and great new franchises. 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."
"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. I cannot wait to deliver, with PlayStation, a game that will become a compelling franchise."
And yes, Kojima's first project will be exclusive to PlayStation 4! Can't wait to see what he'll deliver…
When Hideo Kojima turned 52 earlier this year, he swore he'd "never stop creating."
In other words, the well-documented split between the Metal Gear Solid creator and publisher Konami (which may have begun with a "power struggle" ) won't dissuade. the gaming mastermind.
And according to a new Nikkei report (with an updated translation from GameSpot ), Kojima's next step is to form a studio of his own. It seems other former Kojima Productions employees will join him on this new journey, and he's rumored to be in talks with Sony to bring his first game exclusively to the PlayStation platform. Or at least the game will debut on PS4; it might become multiplatform afterward.
Of course, as we all know by now, Konami owns the MGS rights, so Kojima will have to try something new. Not that that's a bad thing, though; the guy has been talking about spreading his wings and attempting drastically different projects for years. Well, now's the time.
By the way, yesterday, December 15, was officially Kojima's last day with Konami. Onward and upward!