|Staff Reporter |||Dec 16, 2015 12:29 PM EST|
(Photo : Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) Hideo Kojima, maker of the Metal Gear Solid games, left Konami to start his own game studio.
Hideo Kojima, creator of the highly successful Metal Gear Solid series of games, has reportedly left Konami to start his own studio.
The 52-year-old game developer has reportedly split with game company Konami and formed Kojima Productions. Kojima, who is a renowned figure in the gaming industry, has been highly-acclaimed by many for breaking new ground in the action-adventure game genre.
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The new Kojima Productions studio has been confirmed, according to Mashable, with a press release dated Dec. 16. Apparently, as the new studio has just begun, fans cannot expect any new game just yet.
Those who have been following Kojima's creations will be sad to know that he will not be able to continue producing Metal Gear Solid installments, because the rights to the franchise are owned by Konami. However, Kojima has a lot of freedom to create whatever game he wants given that it's now his own studio,
Reports indicate that Kojima's first game will be created in agreement with Sony Computer Entertainment. That said, players on the PlayStation consoles can expect to get his new game earlier than other game system owners.
Kojima's reported departure from his former game company has been reported for months already. This latest news has come just a week after Konami allegedly banned him from attending the recent The Game Awards 2015, thus stopping him from personally receiving awards for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
Kojima Productions has allegedly been joined by the same people that worked under Kojima during his stay in Konami.
Friction between game creators and their respective companies are common in the video game industry. Other friction-led splits include Rockman/Megaman creator Keiji Inafune and Capcom Co., as well as Activision Blizzard Inc. and the team that made Call of Duty.
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