After months of speculation, Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima's future is clear; Kojima Productions has relaunched as an independent studio, and its first game will be a PlayStation 4 console exclusive.
The new Kojima Productions was established today; no details of the game were announced, but the studio says it wants to develop products that "push the boundaries in innovation and ignite consumer interest worldwide." And while the mystery game will debut on the PS4, Kojima says that it will be coming to the PC afterwards. He describes it as "something completely new." Nikkei reported the first details of Kojima's plans yesterday.
"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 Kojima in a statement released by Sony. "I cannot wait to deliver, with PlayStation, a game that will become a compelling franchise." Kojima also took to Twitter to announce the news.
Following the completion of the acclaimed Metal Gear Solid V and the cancellation of Silent Hills, Kojima was widely reported to have left publisher Konami, which owned the prior iteration of Kojima Productions. Konami denied Kojima's departure, and the affair came to an ignominious head earlier this month when Konami refused to let Kojima accept an award for Metal Gear Solid V.