It's arguably the biggest news of the year and now, one iconic designer is garnering headlines all over the world.

After Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima's well-documented and oft-discussed ordeal with publisher Konami, everyone wondered: What's next for Kojima? After all, Konami is keeping the IP rights to MGS.

Well, Kojima has started his own studio and he has formed a partnership with PlayStation. He has high hopes for his first project and he definitely isn't shying away from big budgets (unlike his former employer). But he wasn't always set on this plan of action; as Kojima told The New Yorker , he actually considered disappearing to a deserted island for a year after leaving Konami. Then, a "Hollywood friend" stepped in and advised him to keep working:

"Hearing that affirmed to me that my role in this world is to keep on making big games for as long as I can. That is the mission I've been given in life."

He added that he's happy with his new-found independence and he believes this will expedite the development process. He also takes a little dig at Japanese publishers (perhaps a not-so-veiled jab at Konami):

"When working in big companies, especially Japanese companies, every little thing has to be approved beforehand, and you need paperwork to do anything. Now that I'm independent, I can do what I want with much more speed. I don't need to invest time in unnecessary presentations. I shoulder the risk."

Lastly, Kojima says he can now speak more freely. When allied with a company, his words "could be taken as the overall direction of the company" so really, he "couldn't say just anything." All of that is gone now and everything is wide open…so expect this guy to say whatever he pleases, whenever he pleases. Anybody got a problem with that?

And we say the rivalry between Konami's new Metal Gear Solid effort and Kojima's new title will be downright epic .

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MRSUCCESS
MRSUCCESS
5 years ago

So in other words some Japanese companies are micromanagers? That explains one of the reasons why FF15 has taken so long lol.

Jawknee
Jawknee
5 years ago

Man Konami was the worst. I read reports of them not allowing their employees access to the Internet. They would change their work emails constantly to prevent them from ever emailing outsiders from it, they would sometimes pull programmers off projects to make them go build their Panchiko machines, they would spy on them with video cameras, dock them for even being a minute late and bar them from posting anything about the company on social media. Sounded like a miserable place to work.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
5 years ago

Sounds like a coding sweatshop without a focus.

Oxvial
Oxvial
5 years ago

Hmm it would explain why MGSV:PP was so tame compared with how dark Ground Zeroes was, maybe Konami didn't like a reaction that generated the conclusion of Chico and Paz.


Last edited by Oxvial on 12/17/2015 10:45:55 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
5 years ago

Woah, back the F up. Koji knows some folks in Hollyweird but I kinda don't see a compelling reason to keep working coming from Keifer Sutherland or even Hayter. I can see it coming from the latest man he talked to and had mutual respect for: Guillermo Del Toro.

Kevin555
Kevin555
5 years ago

I love this guy.

Now about Silent Hills…

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
5 years ago

Thats what I was intimating. We can still get it just without the title.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
5 years ago

Hey, It would've been ironic if Kojima had bought Just Cause 3 & then been the one to win that island.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
5 years ago

I always thought Kojima is like Will Smith or Keanu Reeves, people who look young for their age.
Then I watched that announcement video from Sony………..

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
5 years ago

He peaked?

Draguss
Draguss
5 years ago

Doubt that'll be an 'epic' rivalry. I don't expect much good from Konami, MGS will probably go on decline.