Hideo Kojima insists his studio will remain independent

Hideo Kojima insists his studio will remain independent

Japanese game development legend Hideo Kojima has said that he will not sell his development studio.

Speaking on his Brain Structure podcast, the industry vet revealed that he had been approached by companies offering some "ridiculously" high offers to buy Kojima Productions. The Metal Gear creator said that he has no interest in selling out as long as he is alive.

"Let me reiterate that we are indies,’ he said. "We have no affiliations whatsoever and we are not backed by anyone. Every day, I am approached by offers from all over the world to buy our studio. Some of those offers are ridiculously high prices, but it's not that I want money. I want to make what I want to make. That's why I created this studio. So as long as I'm alive, I don't think I will ever accept those offers."

Kojima also addressed rumours that a sequel to Death Stranding was in development for Google's now-defunct Stadia streaming service are completely "unfounded".

"The rumour that Death Stranding, moreover a sequel, was in the works to be an exclusive title for Google is unfounded, and Phil Harrison ultimately rejecting that is quite impossible," he said.

"I've never once said anything to Phil about wanting to create a Death Stranding sequel. I don't know who pulled this information, or from where."

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