'Metal Gear's' Kojima forms new studio, partners with Sony

The months-long rift between Hideo Kojima and Konami seemingly came to an end Tuesday with news that the Metal Gear creator has officially left the publisher and started his own independent studio. The first title from the new Kojima Productions will be released exclusively on PlayStation 4.

Kojima made the announcement alongside Andrew House, president and global CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, in a video released last night.

"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," Kojima said. "I cannot wait to deliver, with PlayStation, a game that will become a compelling franchise."


The video arrived hours after a Japanese newspaper reported Kojima's contract with Konami had officially ended on Tuesday, freeing him to form his own studio.

Signs of trouble between the two arose in March with a corporate restructuring by Konami, and the removal of Kojima's branding from the Metal Gear Solid website. That was quickly followed by the cancellation of Silent Hills, a collaboration between Kojima, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and horror-manga legend Junji Ito. Earlier this month, reports surfaced that Konami had prevented Kojima from attending The Game Awards.

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