Yesterday’s online speculation on the potential purchase of Kojima productions by Sony has attracted enough attention overnight so that Hideo Kojima himself felt the need to comment on rumors. On Twitter, the creator of Metal Gear Solid and Death Stranding ended speculative chatter. “I’m sorry for the misunderstanding, but Kojima Productions has been and will continue to be an independent studio,” he said.
Curiously, Kojima actually fueled the speculation himself before publishing the statement, because he simply posted the new banner PlayStation Studios around the protagonist of Death Stranding, Sam Bridges. This was done from his Japanese account without any context. Of course, the Internet understood that it meant that the acquisition of Sony was taking place before Kojima shares his statement just under two hours later.
This new comment should now kill any speculation on an acquisition of Sony, but you know what the Internet looks like. Rumors started after Death Stranding replaced concrete genie in a hero’s artwork for PlayStation Studios, the idea being that the post-apocalyptic mail simulator was the only game presented that was not yet part of the range. Sony’s owners studios.
However, when Sony collaborates with a third-party developer for exclusive Playstation 5, PS4, the hardware manufacturer makes anyway reference to the project as a title PlayStation Studios. It should also be noted that Sony has the IP Death Stranding, so it is free to use the game in marketing. The Playstation boss, Jim Ryan, said other studio acquisitions were in progress, but it seems that Kojima Productions will not be part of it. “We have more planned,” said Ryan. The rumor continues.