What to make of the Kojima Playstation combination
It must have been hard for Andrew House to contain his excitement during today’s announcement of a new partnership between one of the game industry’s most well know faces and the PlayStation brand. It isn’t hard to understand why, industry veteran Hideo Kojima is officially out of contract with Konami and his new studio is open for business.
Hardly a stranger to the spotlight Kojima nevertheless became “2015’s most talked about game industry personality” due to the controversy surrounding the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and his soap-opera like relationship with publisher Konami.
Tiptoeing around the Konami owned brand name Metal Gear, SCEI president Andrew House underlined the importance of the famous franchise to PlayStation.
While trying to suppress the biggest of inner smiles mister House asked the viewers to welcome “one of the most creative talents in gaming” and gave the mic to Kojima.
Hideo then announced that first game from Kojima Productions (Kojima’s new independent game studio) will be a collaboration with PlayStation.
What to make of the Kojima Playstation combination?
At this point there are very few facts known about the Kojima/ PlayStation collaboration. We don’t know the name of the game or genre let alone how it will play.
To me Andrew House’s words: “Kojima-san, on behalf of PlayStation and together with the fans, we would like to offer our full support on your new journey” didn’t only mean good luck on future ventures but also a way to state make something great and take “all the time” you need to make it great.
PlayStation is dedicated to support Kojima Productions project even though it may take long time before the game is ready for showing or release. It is safe to say that we can expect a Kojima game on a PlayStation device. Probably PS4 maybe in combination with PlayStation VR.
But this announced collaboration in no way means that the game will be a PlayStation exclusive even though it might turn out to be. If anything a timed exclusive is more likely in the landscape of today’s game industry.
“From *** Sapiens to *** Ludens”
*** Ludens roughly translates to the Those who play. *** Ludens is A term made popular by Dutch historian Johan Huizinga. In his book *** Ludens advocates the cultural importance of play and what is adds to society
Update 2: fixed Konami productions to Kojima productions in the previous update.
Sometime after the video announcement it became clear that the first game out of Kojima Productions would be console exclusive to PlayStation.