On the most recent podcast by industry legend Hideo Kojima, he admits to having received numerous acquisition offers. Each has been for Kojima Productions. And each has been surreptitiously turned down.
Given the prior relationship with Sony, it has long been speculated that a possible merger with Sony was on the cards. Apparently not, it would seem. Right now it seems the Kojima Productions will remain fiercely independent.
Hideo Kojima admits too that these offers have been “ridiculously high”. But the man behind Metal Gear remains steadfast and resolute. He will not be selling the development house to even the most lofty of bids.
Kojima doesn’t go into detail regarding which companies have made their intentions clear. But citing multiple offers, its clear there are plenty out there eager to get their hands on the studio, and presumably the man himself.
An Indie Studio Forever More
What this means, of course, is that Kojima Productions can continue to exclusively make the games it wants. If Kojima Productions ended up under the copious umbrella of either Microsoft or Sony, that authority would more than likely be severely diminished.
‘Let me reiterate that we are indies,’ he said on the most recent episode of his Brain Structure podcast. ‘We have no affiliations whatsoever and we are not backed by anyone.
‘And every day I am approached by offers all over the world to buy our studio. Some of those offers are ridiculously high prices but it’s not that I want 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 will ever accept those offers.’
It seems that the time he spent working at Konami has left something of a bad taste in his mouth for such working relationships. There, Kojima’s Silent Hills project was cancelled, and his name removed from Metal Gear Solid 5 packaging.
Working independently, however, Kojima retains complete autocracy to take the company in any direction he likes. This includes partnering with whom he likes, and if Death Stranding, a game developed in conjunction with Sony is the product of that independence, then long may it last.
Good Stadia x Kojima Productions
It was also suggested that, at one point or another Kojima Productions and Google were getting into the proverbial bed together. The title in question was rumoured for the now discontinued Google Stadia platform, but ultimately it was canned. Kojima addressed this claim directly, saying that it is in fact nothing but a work of fiction. Certainly, any ties between the two companies and Death Stranding are fabricated.
‘The rumour that Death Stranding, moreover a sequel, was in the works to be an exclusive title for Google, is unfounded, and Phil Harrison ultimately rejecting that is quite impossible,’ he said.
‘I’ve never once said anything to Phil about wanting to create a Death Stranding sequel. I don’t know who pulled this kind of information from where.’
Interesting that he mentions former Stadia boss Phil Harrison by name. Suggests to us that conversations were had between the two men at some point. But it now seems the content of talks will forever remain known to only them.
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