Konami denied the schism for a long time, but recently they admitted that they were parting ways with Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima. Now Kojima’s future is clearer, as Sony’s Andrew House and Kojima released a video describing their partnership.
It’s been a rocky year for the Metal Gear creator. First Konami removed Kojima’s name from Metal Gear boxes and marketing materials, as well as the Metal Gear website. A long string of strange affronts followed, culminating in Konami’s failure to allow Kojima to accept his own award at the Game Awards a week and a half ago.
Kojima officially split from Konami yesterday. Soon afterward came the announcement of the publishing deal with Sony. All we know so far is that the new game will be the start of a new franchise, and that it will likely be released first on PlayStation 4 and later on PC.
While the Metal Gear and Silent Hill franchise rights are still held by Konami, the new game might look familiar, since Yoji Shinkawa, lead artist and illustrator for the Metal Gear and Zone of the Enders series, is part of the project.
You can also check out the new Kojima Productions website, though there isn’t a lot of info there yet.