Kojima: My Mission "Is to Keep on Making Big Games for as Long as I Can"
The Metal Gear creator discusses his future in game development.
In a new interview with the New Yorker, Kojima revealed he considered taking a year-long trip to a deserted island after leaving Konami under reportedly less-than-amicable terms. He shared the plan with "a Hollywood friend" who suggested he instead keep working.
"Hearing that affirmed to me that my role in this world is to keep on making big games for as long as I can," Kojima said. "That is the mission I've been given in life."
Despite this, Kojima suggested earlier this week that the first project from his new studio, Kojima Productions, could be "smaller-scale." Following whatever that first game turns out to be, the studio "could consider movies, animations, anything."
In the new interview, Kojima seemed to be happy with the flexibility that being independent provides.
"When working in big companies, especially Japanese companies, every little thing has to be approved beforehand, and you need paperwork to do anything," he explained. "Now that I'm independent, I can do what I want with much more speed. I don't need to invest time in unnecessary presentations. I shoulder the risk.”
That extends to being allowed to speak more freely. "When I was in a company, my personal statements could be taken as the overall direction of the company," he said. "As such, I couldn't say just anything."
While Konami has said it intends to keep the Metal Gear franchise going, we know the company is going to focus more heavily on mobile development. It's unclear if Kojima was commenting directly on his former employer, but this shift is brought up by the New Yorker, which then quotes Kojima as saying, "If you're only focused on the profits immediately in front of you, the times will leave you behind. It becomes impossible to catch up again."
Sony announced earlier this week that it's partnering with Kojima Productions on its first game. That title will debut on PlayStation 4 before later being released for PC.
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