Since Hideo Kojima’s contract with Konami ended on December 16th, the director has embraced freedom with the unmistakeable gusto of the recent divorcee. with Hollywood actors and directors in exotic locales, interspersed with photographs of plates of expensively arranged food. After 25 years cooped up at Konami, with all of its corporate strictures and sign-offs, Kojima is relishing liberty.
He describes the studio he has founded, Kojima Productions, as ‘indie’, even if it benefits from Sony’s support. “Sony has just left everything to me,” Kojima tells me backstage, with a gleeful smile, after addressing a packed auditorium of fans in Malmo, Sweden. “I have the perfect arrangement with them.”
The exact nature of Sony’s relationship with the Kojima Productions is unknown – although the fact that the studio’s first game will be a PlayStation 4 exclusive indicates that serious money is involved. “It’s an arrangement that’s come from years of working together, which has built trust,” he says at an earlier roundtable. “It’s not normal for our industry.” Details remain scant. Kojima claims that the new project is a “previously unknown type of game.” Beyond that, he is keeping the exact location of the studio’s premises in Tokyo a secret, and will not say how many staff are currently employed for fear that a competitor – or jealous ex, no doubt – is stalking them.