Okay gamers, let’s rewind the clocks back to one year ago. Hideo Kojima and his team were hard at work on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. But rumors and speculation were all over the Internet that his team was being treated poorly by Konami, and he wasn’t given any leverage or respect with the company he had worked with for years. In addition, an exciting and promising horror game while working alongside Guillermo del Toro was on the verge of being cancelled, later in the year banished from The Game Awards, and finally quite possibly his lowest point – he had his own name stripped from a series that helped define who he was in the industry. There’s no doubt that Hideo Kojima was at a crossroads in his career. But the next move he made in this chess game may have been the best move he’s ever made in his entire career.
Kojima quit working for Konami and moved his studio, Kojima Productions as an independent back in December of 2015. Later on that month, Kojima and Sony formally announced a partnership for an untitled new project that would be exclusively released on the PS4 and Microsoft Windows platforms. Sony welcomed Kojima with welcome arms as they realized that Kojima and his team would be the most sought-after developer in the industry. Time will tell if it will pay off, but from the history of Kojima Production games, they have been quite successful.
Sure, there may no longer be a Metal Gear game coming from his studio specifically and there won’t be a P.T. or Silent Hills (at least that we know of at this point) but that doesn’t mean that Kojima and his team aren’t working on anything great. In fact just yesterday he tweeted that he is back in action and working back in the field.
The next game that comes out of his studio will be revealed soon and from recent images, they are hard at work. Developers, publishers, journalists, and gamers have a strong respect for what Mr. Kojima-san does for the video game industry, and there’s no doubt whatever he’s up to right now will be an absolute hit.
Despite everything that he has been through over the past year or so, Hideo Kojima was able to humbily put everything on the line that he had worked for, quite possibly his entire legacy and decided to work as an independent studio, AND put his past behind him. That takes a lot of courage and is telling on what kind of person he really is. He’s not afraid of taking risks, facing challenges head on, and facing any kind of fears. These are reasons why I believe he is, “the most wanted man in the industry” in terms of someone who a lot of people in the industry would love to work and collaborate with. Hopefully we find out sooner rather than later what his team is bringing to the table regarding their next game. I know that I for one will be first in line to see. For more on Hideo Kojima, and his development team, stay tuned!