Big expectations everywhere.
Earlier today we reported that Kojima is finally free from the shackles of Konami and is now the owner of a new games studio aptly titled Kojima Productions. They are currently working on a new game that will be exclusive to the PlayStation 4 and may possibly come to the PC platform given that the new title is a “console” exclusive. Given how the term “console” exclusive has been thrown around this generation, there is a good chance that the game will hit Steam/PC platform in the future. But the game will possibly never come to the Xbox One given that Sony is “helping” out with the development process.
Hundreds of thousands of fans have reacted to the new studio’s announcement but they are not alone. Several developers, executives and industry people have reacted too. Let us take a look at some of them.
Santana Mishra, Developer of Assault Android Cactus, on Kojima developing exclusively for one console:
Always odd seeing folks angry about exclusive games, must be such a relief for the dev to be able to focus entirely on the game & platform.— Sanatana Mishra (@SanatanaMishra) December 16, 2015
People rarely seem to make the connection that exclusive games are easier to make and thus often better or more unique than other games.— Sanatana Mishra (@SanatanaMishra) December 16, 2015
Kinda loving the way Sony are treating developers these days, real class act.— Sanatana Mishra (@SanatanaMishra) December 16, 2015
@wilflare Just the stuff with Kojima, Suzuki, and Schafer for big hitters, and their general incredible support for indies.— Sanatana Mishra (@SanatanaMishra) December 16, 2015
I use Sony as an all encompassing term cos it's easy to forget that a company is just people, much love to everyone involved in this stuff.— Sanatana Mishra (@SanatanaMishra) December 16, 2015
So who made this deal between Sony and Kojima possible? Of course, there were a number of people involved but the deal would have never happened without Brad Douglas, PlayStation’s third party executive and Ken-ichiro Imaizumi, former Konami producer and now a part of Kojima’s latest venture.
Mike Bithell [Developer of indie hit Volume]
Super excited to see @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN working with the folks at Sony. They're awesome collaborators, I owe a lot to a few folk there 🙂— Mike Bithell (@mikeBithell) December 16, 2015
Donna Burke [Singer, has sung songs for several Metal Gear Solid games and the first to hint that Kojima has formed his own studio]
Platinum Games’s Kellum:
A real shame considering the engineering investment. https://t.co/EqalkEDOkm— JP Kellams (@PG_jp) December 16, 2015
Besides the awesome logo, I am most interested in what engine the new KojiPro goes with. Starting from scratch is hard. See: Respawn.— JP Kellams (@PG_jp) December 16, 2015
Aaryn Flynn and Mike Laidlaw From Bioware:
And finally, Microsoft’s Larry Hryb. Must say, he is a true professional despite Sony getting hold of the biggest fish this console generation.
. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN Congrats on the new studio and good luck with your latest endeavor— Larry Hryb (@majornelson) December 16, 2015
Now let us hope that Kojima does not take 7 years to actually make the game!