Hideo Kojima denied rumors that Sony was preparing to buy Kojima Productions, saying the whole thing was a “misunderstanding” triggered by a tweet by Hideo Kojima.
The buzz started earlier this week, as pointed out game radarSony expands banner image PlayStation Studio website, a mosaic of iconic Sony video game characters including Kratos, Aloy, and Deacon, including Sam Potter-Bridges from Death Stranding. Then, yesterday, Kojima himself tweeted the same image, complete with the PlayStation Studios logo:
Predictably, a large following on Twitter immediately seized the tweet, confirming that Kojima Productions is about to be the next big acquisition. It’s a reasonable assumption, really: Death Stranding Studios isn’t Activision Blizzard, but making Hideo Kojima a Sony exclusive would be a real coup. Sony has also made a splash recently, acquiring Bungie in January and Jade Raymond’s Haven Studios in March.
Sadly for PlayStation fans (but happy for everyone else), it wasn’t. Hours later, Kojima tweeted on his English account that Kojima Productions “will continue to be an independent studio.”
Sorry for the misunderstanding, but KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS has always been and will continue to be an independent studio. https://t.co/2M0n4ogRaaApril 15, 2022
So why did Kojima tweet that apparently Sony-centric image? Maybe he’s glad Sony rated Death Stranding so well, or maybe he’s a huge Sony fan himself. It’s also possible that he was just having a bit of fun with the initial rumors sparked by the PlayStation banner change. Whatever the reason, he didn’t say – but he quickly followed up that the Mexican-French thriller “The New Order,” directed by Michel Franco, was so good that he bought two other Franco films Brother movie DVD, Chronic and April’s Daughter.
Maybe he really is just a random guy.
The impact of The New Order was so great that I bought DVDs of Michel Franco’s Chronicle and April’s Daughter. pic.twitter.com/QiL13ZCoxAApril 15, 2022