E3 2016 – Hideo Kojima Reveals His New Game Death Stranding

 

Watch Hideo Kojima introduce his latest project: Death Stranding at the E3 2016 press conference.

Little is known about the upcoming Kojima Productions game. We don’t have any gameplay from Death Stranding, any story details, or release window yet. However, since development and publishing of the game is being aided by Sony Interactive Entertainment, it’s safe to assume that this will be a PlayStation 4 exclusive. One thing is for certain, though; this is 100% a Hideo Kojima game.

Metal Gear Artist Yoji Shinkawa and Producer Kenichiro Imaizumi Join New Kojima Productions

We’ve learned that both former Metal Gear Solid artist Yoji Shinkawa and producer Kenichiro Imaizumi are joining Hideo Kojima in his newly formed and independent Kojima Productions.

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Both creators will be filling senior roles, overseeing art design and production respectively. As for what their first game is, Kojima still isn’t ready to reveal details, but he did tease a bit.

I want to create something that’s what people expect, but at the same time will have something new that people haven’t seen before,” Kojima said, while also saying that “it will be a complete game.

Yoji Shinkawa added, “We’ve been working on a franchise that is beloved and has recognizable characters. One of my big goals is, visually, with whatever characters we create, to go beyond that, to be more recognizable, more beloved. That’s definitely one of the goals I have when it comes to the art side.

Shinkawa said that he’ll be overseeing all of Kojima Productions’ art, including “characters, concepts for the backgrounds, concepts for the mechs,” and more. “One thing that’s different is I want to accept challenges and do things I wasn’t able to do before,” Shinkawa said. “I want to expand, on a personal level, the things I can do.

For its first project, Kojima said, “I’m thinking smaller-scale, not too many people, and focusing on game creation at first.” Coming from this, Kojima said the studio can possibly expand to produce more than just games.

The focus is on digital content, so we could consider movies, animations, anything,” Kojima said. “But first I think people expect games from me. That’s where I want to put my focus. Once we have an established IP in games, something solid that satisfies people, then we can consider movies and videos.

Kojima also mentioned once again that he is still interested in working alongside Guillermo del Toro, regardless of it being a game, film, or anything really.

As for the studios new logo, Kojima also talked up its design. “I’ve always loved astronauts, and [the new Kojima Productions logo] is designed so it can be seen as a medieval knight or an astronaut’s helmet,” Kojima said. “The concept is, with new technology and a pioneer spirit, we want to bring you to a new realm – within the digital world, I mean – we want to travel together with you to a new realm to which no one has gone before.

As for the skeleton, we’re homo sapiens – people of wisdom – but we’re also homo ludens – people who play – and the concept behind this logo is that: With new technology and a pioneer spirit, we’ll deliver play to a new world.”

Finally, it’s worth mentioning that Kojima Productions is still unsure of what engine to use for their first game. “We could go either way,” Kojima said, “whether it’s using an existing engine or making another engine. We’ll have to do some research before making a decision on that one.”

Sony is Publishing Hideo Kojima’s “Completely New” Game

We’ve gotten some more information regarding Hideo Kojima’s excitingly new and reformed independent Kojima Productions, via an official Q&A sent out by Sony Computer Entertainment.

The game will be published by Sony Computer Entertainment, and it will also come to PC after the PlayStation 4 release. However, the duration of exclusivity on PlayStation 4 was not confirmed, but considering Sony is publishing it themselves, it remains to be seen what this means for Microsoft or Nintendo consoles.

Kojima’s new game is described as being “completely new,” and it’s not related to Metal Gear or Silent Hills, as both of those IPs are still owned by Konami. Sony is reportedly on board to “provide support as necessary” on the new game.

You can find the entire FAQ below, via Medium.com:


The contract with Kojima Productions

Q1. I heard that SCE has signed an agreement with Kojima Productions, a studio newly formed by Hideo Kojima. What are the specifics of the agreement?

Kojima Productions has agreed to develop its first software title as a console exclusive to PS4. We do not disclose further details.

Q2. When was the agreement signed?

We have announced immediately after the contract was signed, Wednesday, Dec 16, 2015.

Q3. Does this mean Kojima Productions now belongs under SCE WWS?

No, it is an independent studio.

Q4. Is SCE making an investment in Kojima Productions? What is the total cost of the agreement? Is it incorporated in the G&NS forecast? How much impact will this have to Sony’s overall operating performance?

SCE is not investing in Kojima Productions. Cost of the contract is undisclosed. Cost is already incorporated. Impact is minimal.

Q5. Why is Kojima Productions bringing their very first software to PS4 as a console exclusive? How did it come about?

Kojima is an extremely creative and passionate game designer who has made countless contributions to PlayStation and the gaming industry. By having Kojima develop his first independent title to PS4, we believe that we can deliver completely new gaming experiences made possibly only by Kojima, to gaming fans worldwide. We are not disclosing further details on how this agreement was realized.

Q6. What other platforms will Kojima’s first independent title be available on, besides PS4?

The title is planned to become available on PC (after PS4).

Q7. How long is the exclusivity?

We are not disclosing details.

Q8. Will Kojima’s second title (and beyond) not be PlayStation console exclusives?

We announced an agreement regarding Kojima’s first title, and SCE cannot comment on titles beyond that.

Q9. Does this have anything to do with Hideo Kojima not attending the PS Award on Dec 3?

Who will attend the PS Award ceremony is decided by the publisher and SCE cannot comment on anything further.

Q10. Will your relationship with Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. be affected by this agreement?

Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. will remain one of SCE’s most important publishers, and our relationship with them will not change.

The first title from Kojima Productions

Q11. What will the first title be about?

It will be something completely new. We have nothing further to announce at this point in time.

Q12. Will the title have something to do with the Metal Gear series?

No. It will be something completely new. “Metal Gear” is a title from Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.

Q13. Will the title have something to do with the cancelled Silent Hills sequel?

No. It will be something completely new. “Silent Hill” is a title from Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.

Q14. Are there any possibilities for the title to support PS VR?

We have nothing to announce at this point in time. We will announce further details of the title when ready.

Q15. Are there any possibilities for the title to become available on PS Vita?

We have nothing to announce at this point in time. We will announce further details of the title when ready.

Q16. When will the title become available? Will it be available worldwide?

We have nothing to announce at this point in time. We will announce further details of the title when ready.

Q17. Will SCE WWS and Kojima Productions develop the first title together?

The software title will be developed by Kojima Productions, but SCE will provide support as necessary.

Q18. Which company will publish the first title?

SCE will be the publisher.

Q19. Will the title’s copyright belong to SCE?

We have nothing to announce at this point in time. We will announce further details when ready.

Q20. Will all future titles developed by Kojima Productions be released on PS4?

We announced an agreement regarding Kojima’s first title, and SCE cannot comment on titles beyond that.

Q21. Will Kojima Productions develop titles for other platforms while working on the PS4 console exclusive title?

We announced an agreement regarding Kojima’s first title, and SCE cannot comment on titles beyond that.

Q22. Are there any possibilities for the title to be released on the next generation platform?

Kojima Productions has agreed to bring their very first software to PS4 as a console exclusive. We do not disclose further details.

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Q23. How many staff?

Details are not disclosed.

Q24. Is the studio headquartered in Japan? What is the address?

Yes, headquarter is in Japan. Address is not disclosed

Q25. Can you tell me further details of Kojima Productions?

Please contact Kojima Productions for further details.

Contact: PR@kojimaproductions.jp

Hideo Kojima Reforms an Independent Kojima Productions

 

Following yesterday’s announcement that Metal Gear series creator Hideo Kojima has left Konami and entered final negotiations with Sony, we’ve learned the boss and his new adventure has developed even further.

Both the newly formed (and independent) Kojima Productions and Sony Computer Entertainment have reached an agreement to develop the studio’s first game as a console exclusive, on PlayStation 4 (Editor’s Note: it’s coming to PC after PlayStation 4, although details are currently scant).

Featured above, you can view a video with both Hideo Kojima and Sony’s Andrew House talking up the new partnership. The company even has a new logo:

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“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,” said Hideo Kojima in a press release. “I cannot wait to deliver, with PlayStation, a game that will become a compelling franchise.

PlayStation(R)’s history is one of game innovation and great new franchises,” said Andrew House, President and Global CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. “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.

Hideo Kojima Officially Left Konami Today

We’ve learned 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.