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Nikkei: Kojima left Konami today, starting new studio, [Update: Read OP Translation]

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DeviantBoi

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Get him a producer that will keep the game on track.

Kojima is brilliant, but a bit of a diva. With the right producer, he can come in on time and on budget.
 

Saladinoo

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I REALLY hope Kojima will give his account on what happened at Konagi and production towards the end of MGSV now, very interested.
 

silvermember

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That's pretty much my only hope at this point
Actually, given how wasteful Kojima is said to be. He actually needs someone to reign in him, not too much. He needs a forceful project manager. Too much creative freedom causes far too much money which makes any product a failure. Like bioshock infinite, it sold a lot but because of the cost of making it, it was a failure.
 

entremet

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If it's public knowledge can you share some sources confirming the closure of studios please?

They've let people go from SSM (cancelled project), Sucker Punch (no idea why - typical turnover of staff after a game is complete) and Driveclub (because it obviously sold below expectations, initially at least), but they've also been increasing the headcount at some studios (including Naughty Dog and Santa Monica recently) and have opened up a new studio in the UK (North West Studio).
Only Liverpool. My mistake.

I didn't know about North West Studio. But my prediction would be more in line with a Quantic Dream type deal.

I can't see Sony buying a Kojima led studio outright. Dude is notoriously terrible with budgetary controls.
 

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I wish him luck going forward.

What ever his new game is, I hope it includes some sort of throwing shades at Konami as a fan service.
 

Sorc3r3r

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Seems....logical.

Which big pub is left in Japan that has a big western push and that can found a studio without having profits as first check to finance a new ip?

Square Enix(?), Capcom(??), Namco Bandai(?) ruling out Nintendo, what remain is Sony.
 

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No other publisher would give Kojima the creative freedom he wants with the budget he needs. Though I am sure there will be limits because of MGSV budget fiasco.
 

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You do realise that if he gets to make P.T. on PSVR people will actually die. As in drop dead from heart attacks and stuff.
As long as the games were to have proper ratings and warnings about checking ones health beforehand I see no problem in that (as in, cant blame anyone nor ban those games).
 
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Independent non exclusive studios get games published/funded all the time. Anybody would fund his game...

If he's locked down to Sony forever it's literally the dumbest move he could make. Why would you leave out PC/Xbox fans (especially PC)?
*Telling an experienced game dev what's right for him. Fantastic.
 

Mael

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Wow, personal jabs. Kudos!

It's not a hard concept and people are saying it much better than I am in this thread. The guys set for life, he's a legend. He doesn't need to lock down to one platform forever because "money". He will have money no matter where he goes.
You have a copy of his employment contract at Konami to know that?
 

Arion

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Let's get Del Toro, Ito and Reedus back and carry on where they left of. Just change the title and you good.
 

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Well where ever he lands I hope he gets to look at that publishers IP and resurrect a few.

TBH its the people within Kojima Productions that probably as valuable as Kojima himself IMHO. That FOX engine is good...

Sony seems the most obvious fit, I just think he costs too much and difficult to manage...
Well Sony it is then - I really hope he (his team) works with SSM as I think hed be very useful in their role of assisting other developers

ps3ud0 8)
 

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Independent non exclusive studios get games published/funded all the time. Anybody would fund his game...

If he's locked down to Sony forever it's literally the dumbest move he could make. Why would you leave out PC/Xbox fans (especially PC)?
Funded yes, but not to the same scope that a subsidiary studio would. Big pubs won't throw around the same kind of money to an independent studio on a one-off contract as they would to an internal flagship studio.
 

ViciousDS

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oh shit.........so its pretty much done. They probably already have a project going and want him to step in as a creative director or something......give him enough freedom but not a ton to where they will be screwed financial wise.
 

Vaga

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Kojima making games at SCE would be a fucking dream come true considering the freedom major developers get from Sony. Hope it's not just a rumour.
 

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Actually, given how wasteful Kojima is said to be. He actually needs someone to reign in him, not too much. He needs a forceful project manager. Too much creative freedom causes far too much money which makes any product a failure. Like bioshock infinite, it sold a lot but because of the cost of making it, it was a failure.

Correct, but I'm not sure if a project manager will be what he wants.

He has historically blown out budgets and taken an incredibly long time to develop games. The likelihood that either publisher will give him full creative freedom and a new studio with this setup is really unlikely.

I think people are just getting too excited and not looking at the reality of the situation. He isn't good at running a development team. He struggles to hit budgets/timelines and feature creep is very prevalent. Besides Konami sucking, there are reasons they have had strained relations for years.

If he is given a new studio by one of the publishers they will have him on a really, really tight leash. Your best hope should be that he joins and takes some sort of creative adviser role.

His only chance of actually running his own studio with minimal interference is as an independent, but getting funding would be difficult because of the reasons I laid out. People are just getting riled up and throwing around crazy thoughts without looking at the likely scenario. I wouldn't be surprised to see him join SCE, but they will likely have him as a creative adviser.

I like his games and I actually enjoyed the direction he went with MGS5, but I'm just trying to be realistic here.
 

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pls.
but also wants him to make whatever he wants!
THIS! ^

The scenario writer and the director of Siren also created Silent Hill. (so you can see similarities within the game between these two, like the obvious siren)
Anyways, now Kojima can switch to creating Siren with Del Toro ! (P.T will live in a different way!)
 

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I would like for him to go to Activision or Bandai Namco.
I'd rather Sony over those.

1st party usually means slightly more freedom because platform holders have multiple revenue streams that allow them to take risks--licensing fees and console sales.

Activision and Bandai-Namco have to ship and ship consistently, something Kojima isn't known for.
 

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Really annoying to see this article being mistranslated as Kojima joining Sony or forming a studio under Sony's umbrella or whatever.

The article flat out says that he is forming a new company with people he worked with from his Konami days. It also says that the all new game he will be working on will likely be released for Sony's PlayStation and that they are in final negotiations to have the game release *first* (but not exclusive) on Sony's platform.

Final negotiations for the game to debut on PlayStation... that's all the article says.
 

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Well this could REALLY bolsters Sonys japanese development

Hope it happens since sony also will give him free reigns
 
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