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Hideo Kojima Officially Left Konami Today, Forms a New Studio and is in Talks with Sony

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We’ve learned (via Nikkei) that Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima has officially left Konami as of today, December 15th.

According to the report, he’s already in the process of forming a new studio – and is already in final negotiations with Sony Computer Entertainment. Coming from this, his first game is expected to launch on PlayStation console(s) first.

If you’ve been following the entire debacle surrounding Kojima and Konami, things have reportedly gotten worse for the creator and his team. Previously, the most we knew was that Kojima Productions had been disbanded, and that Kojima was “on vacation,” according to Konami.

We’ll keep you guys posted.

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100 comments
  1. Immahnoob
    Immahnoob
    December 15, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Holy fuck, it finally happened!

    Kojima is no longer on vacation! He’s going for Sony!

  2. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    December 15, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    Sony, give this man a studio and no budget.

  3. TsukuyomiMagi99
    TsukuyomiMagi99
    December 15, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Good. He was too good for Konami. Continue to fade into irrelevancy Konami. The only thing you have left that interests me is Yu-Gi-Oh. Otherwise you can burn in hell for all I care. I hope Kojima takes Konami to court to get the MGS IP so Konami won’t fuck it up. But I doubt it. I wish you nothing but the best Kojima.

  4. Madbrainbox
    Madbrainbox
    December 15, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    No budget?

  5. Nick_Soapdish
    Nick_Soapdish
    December 15, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Wait, no budget?
    You mean an unlimited budget right?

  6. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    December 15, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Yep, that is what I meant.

  7. Parkour
    Parkour
    December 15, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Congratulations, Hideo. I am really glad for you.

    Unfortunately, the fact that he’s going to work for Sony now probably means that all his future games are gonna be PS exclusive. Oh well.

    The only thing that matters now is that his creativity is free again.

  8. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    December 15, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    I meant unlimited.

  9. Heavily Augmented
    Heavily Augmented
    December 15, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Happy that Kojima’s finally out of “vacation”.

  10. sanic
    sanic
    December 15, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Make the silent hill game kojima make it real.

  11. NuclearCherries
    NuclearCherries
    December 15, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    In other words, Kojima is free from the Konami prison. Good for him. He’s a free man now.
    Actually, he probably broke out of the Konami prison, his escape tunnel cleverly concealed by a poster of Quiet.

  12. ρяøxч
    ρяøxч
    December 15, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    I wonder what his next game will be, and if it’ll be a sony exclusive.

  13. Immahnoob
    Immahnoob
    December 15, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Giving him no budget would have been hilarious though.

    “They gave me a studio, but no budget!” – Best headline

  14. Immahnoob
    Immahnoob
    December 15, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Let’s hope we won’t see Sony exclusives from Kojima now.

  15. Master Bating
    Master Bating
    December 15, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    “In talks with Sony”
    It was good while it lasted on PC.

    Good luck Mr Kojimbo, hope you get the budget and make PS4 owners have a great time.

  16. TsukuyomiMagi99
    TsukuyomiMagi99
    December 15, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Agreed

  17. Alexis Nascimento-Lajoie
    Alexis Nascimento-Lajoie
    December 15, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    >Sony buy ZoE IP
    >ZoE on current hardware

    Do it

  18. TsukuyomiMagi99
    TsukuyomiMagi99
    December 15, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    YES THIS! Also re-release an uncensored version of Snatcher!

  19. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    December 15, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Well limitations often breed creativity.

  20. Master Bating
    Master Bating
    December 15, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Most likely, MGS exclusives sold really and moved console sales, Im sure Sony sees him as a great asset.

  21. deadeye
    deadeye
    December 15, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Here’s hoping he makes something that looks suspiciously like ZoE.

  22. Kain Yusanagi
    Kain Yusanagi
    December 15, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    He was, but TBF he also had the same issue as Schafer does- not on time, over budget, etc.; I hope that this move doesn’t screw him up.

  23. TsukuyomiMagi99
    TsukuyomiMagi99
    December 15, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    I hope so too. This is why I would be a terrible businessman. Because if I someone with the calibur of Kojima I’d give him carte blanch to make whatever he wants to make. Much like Japan does with Hayao Miyazaki lol.

  24. Antoinant
    Antoinant
    December 15, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    He’s finally going to become a movie director :^)

  25. daggot △
    daggot △
    December 15, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    I hope he makes a new and interesting IP with all those ideas he’s had stifled over the years. Holy shit I also realize the last remnants of team silent(silent hill 1-4 devs before konami sacked them) are working at sony and the other half were at kojipro before konami closed down some of their branches so maybe they could do a survival horror colab.

  26. Madbrainbox
    Madbrainbox
    December 15, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    They most likely will.And good for them.

  27. InfectedAI
    InfectedAI
    December 15, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    What was censored?

  28. tetrisdork
    tetrisdork
    December 15, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Men in Black reboot would be perfect for him.

  29. Go D. Usopp
    Go D. Usopp
    December 15, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Got ZoE HD in my backlog, the excitement is real

  30. MGNoxa
    MGNoxa
    December 15, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    I wouldn’t get too excited yet, the game probably won’t be out until the Playstation 5.

  31. Kiryu
    Kiryu
    December 15, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Boom,you’re stupid Konami.Bet Sony are rubbing their hands at the thought of hiring this genius.

  32. scemar
    scemar
    December 15, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Cool, go on your own, make some connections.
    Sony seems good to their partner devs so that’s a nice start.

  33. Kaihaku
    Kaihaku
    December 15, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Well, I for one hope that this will end up more like Takahashi (Monolith Soft) or Kamiya (Platinum) rather than Inafune (Comcept) or Itagaki (Valhalla).

  34. Zanard Bell
    Zanard Bell
    December 15, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Darn, they’re going to lock up his genius in a console exclusive yet again.

  35. Zanard Bell
    Zanard Bell
    December 15, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    That cupcake on the wall…

  36. Jawsh Grohban
    Jawsh Grohban
    December 15, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    I still remember his bullshit ‘shocking announcement’ for the Playstation 4 launch.

  37. OSad
    OSad
    December 15, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    I don’t enjoy the idea of him being hired by Sony because they know that the exclusives really help to sell their consoles.

    At some point though, I’ll just have to buckle up and buy a PS4 because there’s too much good stuff coming out on it.

  38. Malcolm_Ecks
    Malcolm_Ecks
    December 15, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    If Sony pulls a big boy move and offers to by the Metal Gear IP and Zone of the Enders IP for a large sum, they’d be the console champs for a while.

  39. Chocolate ISISCream
    Chocolate ISISCream
    December 15, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    None of you realize that Japanese business men are stubborn as fuck. Konami will never let go of those IPs so stop wasting your breath hoping for it to happen. Kojima can make a spiritual successor to release alongside Konami’s newest Pachinko in the Snatcher/Policenauts franchise.

  40. AmyStarling
    AmyStarling
    December 15, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    I wish him well no matter where he goes or what he makes.I will get his next game as long as its on PS4 or PC.

  41. Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    December 15, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    But I thought he was on “vacation”~.

    God, Konami really fucked up this time with all the lies and BS~.

  42. anonemouse
    anonemouse
    December 15, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Can’t wait to see what he can bring.
    Maybe we’ll get a new game in the vein of Snatcher or Policenauts? Wishful thinking.

  43. Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    December 15, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    In the spirit of fairness, making aside his retardation, Inafune did deliver with Soul Sacrifice / Delta. To date, he’s probably the only person who lived up to the word of trying to do a real spin on the MH formula~.

  44. PleaseHelpMe
    PleaseHelpMe
    December 15, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    get the PT/Silent Hills crew back together and make that game Sony! c’mon damnit!

  45. Stran
    Stran
    December 15, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Is Shuyo Murata going to be in Kojima’s new studio?

  46. Madbrainbox
    Madbrainbox
    December 15, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Yes.Same here.I need to buy it for DoA anyway.

  47. Nagato
    Nagato
    December 15, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Haven’t cared much for Kojima for years, but can I finally get my Rising 2 now?

  48. AmyStarling
    AmyStarling
    December 15, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Also it seems it might be published by Sony for PS4/PC.Sony seems to be supporting the PC alot lately,screw the fanboys on both sides I want more crossplay games.

  49. JackDandy
    JackDandy
    December 15, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Good on him.

    Fuck Konami right in the ass, bunch of unfaithful bastards

  50. Kain Yusanagi
    Kain Yusanagi
    December 15, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    On the other hand Kojima at least makes it back and then some, while Schafer has bankrupted at least one publisher and lost money on other ventures.

  51. Master Bating
    Master Bating
    December 15, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Not enough games to warrant a buy imo.

  52. Mighty No. 56008
    Mighty No. 56008
    December 15, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Kojima parted ways with Konami? No way!? I had no idea that there was any sort of rift between them.

  53. ReaperX30
    ReaperX30
    December 15, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    I’m happy he’s finally on his own. This I think signals the end of Konami. As long as his games are not Sony exclusives I’m ok with it.

  54. Fred Figglehorn
    Fred Figglehorn
    December 15, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Even YuGiOh is going down hill and fast.

  55. Truck
    Truck
    December 15, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Maybe he can help Naughty Dog make good games again.

  56. AmyStarling
    AmyStarling
    December 15, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Im not a Uncharted fan in the least but The Last of Us is a completlely different beast.Is as good as a western game is ever going to be.

  57. Chocolate ISISCream
    Chocolate ISISCream
    December 15, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Literally wageslaving at $0 doesn’t breed creativity.

  58. Chocolate ISISCream
    Chocolate ISISCream
    December 15, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    So, because Kojima left and has freedom, Rising 2 is now possible? Did you even read what you wrote?

  59. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    December 15, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    You’ve got to have imagination. What if Sony cloned him and every employee in his studio is Kojima?

  60. Rumble Red
    Rumble Red
    December 15, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    I wonder how long we’ll have to wait before Sony announces their new, totally original stealth-action series Iron Cog Sturdy.

    Hopefully they’ll loosen the leash and let Kojima do something else first.

  61. Longtooth
    Longtooth
    December 15, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    That is a horribly depressing comment. I don’t have that much faith in the western video game industry, but I have a bit more faith than that.

  62. Chocolate ISISCream
    Chocolate ISISCream
    December 15, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Sony would be godlike if they actually got Del Toro, Junji Itou and Akira Yamaoka to work with Kojima on a new game. Jesus… The thought of that makes my dick diamonds.

  63. Chocolate ISISCream
    Chocolate ISISCream
    December 15, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Don’t even joke about that man. That’s how we’re going to lose all of our jobs.

  64. Stilzkin
    Stilzkin
    December 15, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Well, that was fast. Best of luck Kojimer

  65. captain!
    captain!
    December 15, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    I hope it’s stealth! I know he’s done it to death but I can’t get enough of Kojima’s stealth games

  66. Stilzkin
    Stilzkin
    December 15, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    It’s happening. Now get Del Taco on board and maybe we’ll get Silent Hills back

  67. Dr. Roswell. W
    Dr. Roswell. W
    December 15, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    My first wish is that someone reign in Kojima so we won’t have incidents where he have a hundred songs created but only used 26 or so. He’s a good man, but fucking hell, he need to be pull back.

    My second wish is that Kojima stole the code for the Kojima Engine and “modify” it. I refuse to allow those snakes in suits to keep that beautiful fucking work of art locked away.

    Fuck. That.

  68. Nagato
    Nagato
    December 15, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Didn’t claim as much, just took the opportunity to once again ask for a sequel to the best thing to come out of that franchise.

  69. Chocolate ISISCream
    Chocolate ISISCream
    December 15, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Yeah dude no worries. We’ll get Rising 2 as a pachinko title.

  70. GGBigRedDaddy
    GGBigRedDaddy
    December 15, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    I’m excited, I can’t wait for Kojima and his studios next game. I hope it’s a horror game. The Silent Hill teaser looked good but I like that they can create their own IP now and go anywhere with it.

  71. Black_Bob
    Black_Bob
    December 15, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Exfiltration complete. Good work Kojima!

  72. OSad
    OSad
    December 15, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    For me, there’s Bloodborne which is still an exclusive, the new Ace Combat which really pushed me over the edge knowing it’ll be on Morpheus, all the Yakuza games which I haven’t played yet, the better versions of all the Project Diva games, the new Valkyria Chronicles game, NieR 2 is really big on my list, and some other games which I would probably warrant a look like Ni-Oh, Disgaea games, the Final Fantasy VII remake and Final Fantasy XV and maybe some others…

    And now there’s the possibility that Kojima might put something that doesn’t involve Snakes in it on top of that. The idea of his classic adventure games or even ZoE making a reappearance is pretty exciting.

    I mean, that already is the price of the console threefold. I’m not the kind of guy that needs a console with hundreds of titles to be happy with my purchase, just a few really enjoyable games that I *know* I’ve gotten the value out of justify the theoretical price of satisfaction out of a console for me.

  73. John
    John
    December 15, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Not entirely, remember that Street Fighter 5 is backed by sony and on PS4 + PC.

  74. Tyrone Jackson
    Tyrone Jackson
    December 15, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    >Sony

    That’s a shame. His games deserve to be on something other than a portbox. Hopefully he’ll still push for multi-platform releases.

  75. Swirly Twirl
    Swirly Twirl
    December 15, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    oh fuck not sony
    please no more exclusivity
    While I didn’t play MGSV on my PC, I definitely won’t be buying a PS4 for a very long time.
    i don’t want the next game to be another console exclusive

  76. Sarracenia
    Sarracenia
    December 15, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    There’s a better chance of Sony releasing a decent game on PC than almost any other company at the moment. It’s pretty sad ain’t it?

  77. AmyStarling
    AmyStarling
    December 15, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    don’t worry you don’t sound bitter at all.

  78. Thanatos2k
    Thanatos2k
    December 15, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Good, finally free.

    Fuck you, Konami!

  79. Yabloko Molloco San
    Yabloko Molloco San
    December 15, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Riki-Oh_ending.avi

  80. Isaac Sadler
    Isaac Sadler
    December 15, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    Hopefully all the skilled people still stuck in Konami will be able to join Kojima new company.

  81. NuclearKangaroo
    NuclearKangaroo
    December 15, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    i just hope his game is not PS exclusive, i know kojima-senpai has a Sony boner, but i dont have a PS4 and i want to play any game he makes on PC

  82. Casey
    Casey
    December 15, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    No, ZoE on Playstation VR.

    I will gladly vomit to enjoy this.

  83. Master Bating
    Master Bating
    December 16, 2015 at 1:34 am

    Most of those will likely get a PC port down the line aside from Bloodborne and DoAX3.

    But I understand if you are either impatient or prefer the console platform.

    I just cant personally see myself throwing money to a fixed platform thats barely an improvement over the last one in terms of performance.

  84. Master Bating
    Master Bating
    December 16, 2015 at 1:41 am

    -Sony starts supporting cross play and multiplatform
    -Gets its own PC digital storefront with no DRM
    -Symbiose instead of a direct competitive stance with the computer platform

    A man can dream

  85. XERW
    XERW
    December 16, 2015 at 2:30 am

    You can’t. Konami fucked him so hard he’s traumatized at the idea.

  86. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    December 16, 2015 at 4:19 am

    Well it states that “his first game is expected to launch on PlayStation console(s) first.” So it will come to PC after just like FF7 remake.

  87. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    December 16, 2015 at 4:26 am

    Hideo Kojima is very expensive. So Sony better have their credit cards ready.

  88. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    December 16, 2015 at 4:29 am

    It won’t be a console exclusive. I’m sure it will be like Shenmue 3.

  89. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    December 16, 2015 at 4:33 am

    You should be saying good luck to Sony. Lol.

  90. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    December 16, 2015 at 4:42 am

    He ended his vacation early. lol

  91. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    December 16, 2015 at 4:45 am

    No I’m sure Sony is looking at their bank accounts and are sobbing quietly.

  92. Kiryu
    Kiryu
    December 16, 2015 at 7:16 am

    Good point.

  93. John Doe
    John Doe
    December 16, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Kojima-san doesn’t have to make Metal Gear anymore.

  94. Kainevil Rc
    Kainevil Rc
    December 17, 2015 at 11:03 am

    The very same that only care about the profit and catter to radical groups, yeah SEEMS LEGIT.

  95. Kainevil Rc
    Kainevil Rc
    December 17, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Persona ( Or anything from atlus ), God of war ( Or anything from Santa Monica ) Last of Us 2, Uncharted 4 ( Or anything from Naughty Dog ), well you get the idea….

  96. Master Bating
    Master Bating
    December 17, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Anything aside from Atlus is overrated garbage that is done better by other ganes imo.

  97. Kainevil Rc
    Kainevil Rc
    December 24, 2015 at 2:36 am

    C’mon kid, you can do better than that lol/

  98. Master Bating
    Master Bating
    December 24, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Santa Monica and Naughty Dog games?
    You actually like that overrated average garbage?

    Only thing worth anything there is The Last of Us.