The story of Hideo Kojima as a game creator is one tied to incredible highs and incredible lows. The peak for many was when he was the head of the modern-day Metal Gear Solid franchise, starting on the original PlayStation and becoming a staple for years to come. When he was done with the franchise, Konami tried to recreate it, only to fail miserably. In fact, his end with Konami was one of his lowest points, as the company seemed to abandon him, forcing Kojima to move on.
The creator did so splendidly, creating Kojima Productions and making his first game, Death Stranding. The game was divisive for various reasons, with a difficult story to grasp at the onset. Many feel it’s more of a “package simulator” than a post-apocalyptic monster game as its trailers stated it would be. That’s Kojima for you–enigmatic to the extreme.
Fast forward to this past weekend. Hideo Kojima was revealed to be working on a title for Xbox that was “something he always wanted to make.”
This got a lot of people talking, but it also made people wonder if that meant Kojima Productions were now solely in the corner of Microsoft.
After the announcement of our partnership with Microsoft using the cloud technology, many people have asked us about our collaboration with SIE. Please be assured that we continue to have a very good partnership with PlayStation® as well.#KojimaProductions https://t.co/mVOELwDuk9— KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS (Eng) (@KojiPro2015_EN) June 13, 2022
In a message on Twitter, Kojima makes it clear that while he is a partner with Microsoft for this new game, he still has a very good working relationship with Sony, and that’s not going to end.
If anything, this is proof of his own history. Having been tied to Konami before, that relationship burned him in the end. Playing with both teams is wise, and Kojima is clearly willing to work with anyone who will let him enact his visions for gaming and beyond.