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Hideo Kojima says he rejects ‘ridiculous’ offers for his studio daily

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Hideo Kojima wants people to know that he’s a resolutely independent video game developer. Death Stranding auteur has rejected takeover offers from other companies.

“Some of these offers are ridiculously expensive,” Kojima said in the latest edition of the Brain Structure podcast. Available through Spotify(For the record, Kojima speaks in Japanese with English overdubs). “But I don’t want money. I want to make what I want to make. That’s why I created this studio.”

Kojima hosts the podcast and this week’s guest is his Good friend Jeff Cayley, himself the host of The Game Awards, with Kojima ostensibly leading the discussion. (Disclosure: Mr. Kojima is a member of The Game Awards Advisory Board.)

However, Keighley quickly assumed the role of interviewer, asking Kojima about recent developments in the gaming industry. “There are so many rumors about the game, especially on social media. I thought I’d talk about some of the rumors out there and some of the truth behind those rumors,” he said. increase.

The two then had a lengthy discussion about rumor culture, entertainment products, and social media. announcement this summer That Kojima was working on a game for Microsoft’s Xbox Game Studios, Keighley brought up Kojima’s already close working relationship with PlayStation and Sony Interactive Entertainment (Death Stranding And whether he had a deal with either console maker over the years.

“I think a lot of people have a misconception about Kojima Productions. I started this company in 2015 after I left Konami. It was 100% out of my pocket. No funding from anyone.” That’s why we are independent.”

Kojima notes that the actual physical proximity of his studio to both Sony’s worldwide headquarters (in Shibuya, Tokyo) and Sony Interactive Entertainment’s headquarters is “a sign that people think we’re part of Sony.” But as this summer’s announcement about Microsoft showed, “We are an indie. We have nothing to do with Not supported by anyone. […] And every day we receive offers from all over the world to buy our studio.

“Some of those offers are ridiculously expensive, but I don’t want the money,” Kojima said. “I want to make what I want to make. That’s why I created this studio.”

In other words, those who are expecting Kojima Productions (and Mascot Ludens) be up-to-date big deal of A year running with them, do not hold your breath. “As long as I live, I don’t think I will accept that offer,” Kojima said.

Kojima’s stance is speculated to come from his tenure at Konami ending in 2015. dumped him When his thoughts agree with make a pachinko machine When Burn Pro Evolution Soccer to the ground.

But Kojima also speaks as an artist (over 35 years in this medium) who understands the creative capital and how much he earns.

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