May 22, 2022

Ken-Ichiro Imaizumi Leaves Kojima Productions for Tencent

Who saw this one coming? Long-time Kojima Productions partner, Ken-Ichiro Imaizumi, has left Hideo Kojima’s side for Tencent Games.

Ken-Ichiro Imaizumi, a founding member of Kojima Productions, has reportedly left the studio for Tencent.

The industry veteran left KJP following a 20-year partnership with Hideo Kojima.

Imaizumi oversaw production on Death Stranding and has been a key figure on every Metal Gear Solid game since 2001’s Sons of Liberty.

However, Imaizumi was noticeably absent during Death Stranding‘s promotional world tour. He had usually been a common sight at previous Kojima Productions’ events.

Tencent has hired Imaizumi (alongside Halo 4 lead designer, Scott Warner) in an effort to produce blockbuster games catering to a Western audience.

Tencent is well-established within Asia, currently standing as the regions’ second-biggest company in terms of market value. The company owns Riot Games. It also has a reported 40% stake in Epic Games. This is alongside having shares in Activision/Blizzard, Ubisoft, and Bluehole, to name a few.

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A spokeswoman for Tencent noted that Imaizumi will join as Production Manager of Tencent Games. (For anyone curious, Warner will be the head for TiMi Studios. Some fans may know this as the studio behind Call of Duty Mobile and Honour of Kings).

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