With Kojima’s contract with Konami expiring (and with it its Konami none-compete clause), it was reported that Kojima was apparently in negotiations with Sony about bringing his next project to PlayStation platforms.
Well, it turns out that was 100% correct, with Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House announcing yesterday that Kojima’s first post-Konami game will be a collaboration with PlayStation.
“I’m happy to let you know that I have established my own independent studio today,” said Kojima in Sony’s video announcement. “And I’m excited to tell you that the first title from this new studio is a collaboration with PlayStation. I’m thrilled to embark on creating a new franchise with PlayStation that will give you all a new and innovative gaming experience so please stay tuned.”
Due to this collaboration, the next project has ensured console exclusivity for Sony on their PlayStation 4 platform. With the success of Kojima’s last project Metal Gear solid 5: The Phantom Pain and Ground Zero’s on Steam, Sony have addressed plans to bring the next project to PC too; a platform traditionally forgotten by Japanese developers.
Confirmation of this came in the form of a deleted Q&A with Kojima, in which a representative of Sony Computer Entertainment said the company had “agreed to develop its first software title as a console exclusive to PS4.” The representative then continued “The title is planned to become available on PC (after PS4).”
The Q&A, which looks like it may be an investor relations briefing or internal memo, was initially published independently on Medium by a PlayStation Europe community manager; he later said on Twitter that he was asked to take it down.
The Sony representative does not disclose any further details of the agreement between Sony Computer Entertainment and Kojima Productions, other than stating that the cost of a PC release is already incorporated into the budget and that it will have minimal impact.
In regards to Kojima’s next project, the Q&A states that it will definitely not be a new Metal Gear or Silent Hill title, as both franchises remain Konami’s intellectual property. Sony also took the time to state that it and Konami are still on friendly business terms.