Gaming writer Hideo Kojima, of Metal Gear Solid and Death Stranding fame, has put an end to PlayStation acquisition rumors forever after clarifying a previous post on social media.
Hideo Kojima, head of Kojima Productions, is the mastermind behind the Metal Gear Solid franchise and genre-bending love-it-or-hate sensation Death Stranding. After a difficult relationship with its parent company, Konami, the manufacturer has since become heavily independent.
That was briefly thought to have changed, however, when he tweeted an image that featured Death Stranding in a sea of heavyweights under a PlayStation Studios banner. Normally, this banner will only be updated as the PlayStation Studios family grows.
Of course there was speculation with this image, with the ethos of ‘RedMakuzawa’ being echoed by many: “Kojima Productions joins PlayStation Studios? You can’t just post this and not explain it.”
— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) April 15, 2022
Despite the initial confusion, Kojima quickly explained himself. “I’m sorry for the misunderstanding,” he replied. “But Kojima Productions was and remains an independent studio.”
Kojima holds his cards close to his chest and refuses to be drawn into any further discussion of what the image might mean or what the next steps are for his studio.
Along with rumors of an Xbox exclusive in the works, as well as a potential Keanu Reeves project yet to be announced, it’s clear that the groundbreaking game developer’s next steps will be the subject of massive debate.
With giant gaming studios on an undeniable acquisition rampage of late, it’s no surprise fans were skeptical of Kojima’s Declaration of Independence. As this graphic shows Statistics, in the past two years there have been five major buys by small studios by AAA names. Each for billions of dollars at a time.
With such enormous amounts of cash, Kojima issues a multi-billion dollar tweet with his utter refusal to be bought. It’s also a direct comparison to Bluepoint Games, which made similar claims of independence days before it was bought out by Sony.
While Kojima claims his team will remain independent for now, we all know things can change quickly in this industry. Keep your eyes peeled for more teasers in the coming days while we wait for news on his next moves.
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