Hideo Kojima was approached by “many different companies” eager to sign a deal with him before he settled on a partnership with Sony.
Speaking to IGN, the Metal Gear Solid director explained that he chose to work with the platform holder because of their existing relationship, and because Sony offered him an environment where he could feel “comfortable” creating the game he wanted to make.
“With Sony PlayStation, they make their content globally. It’s thanks to Sony that I was able to make a splash in the global market,” Kojima said. “It’s been 10-plus years since then and the working relationship at Sony, the people at Sony, we gel well. People at Sony have been friendly with me, I work well with them.
“I got several offers from many different companies, but with Sony it came to a point where I know these people, we know each other well. I feel like this is an environment where I will be able to make something and be comfortable. And I believe that is the environment I need right now.”
Kojima announced yesterday that his contract with Konami had been “terminated” and that he was forming a new independent studio called Kojima Productions.
His first game will be a PS4 console exclusive before arriving on PC at a later date. The game will not be linked to Metal Gear Solid or the cancelled Silent Hills.
“We know each other, we understand each other, and based on this relationship, I think it’s a good point to create a new IP,” he said, continuing to discuss his partnership with Sony. “That’s the reason I chose to work with Sony on this project.”
To find out everything we know about Kojima’s next project, head through here to read the official Q&A, or check out the full interview with IGN below.