Hideo Kojima denies rumors of a PlayStation Studios acquisition

Fans remain skeptical that PlayStation Studios hasn't acquired Kojima Productions.

In case you've spent the past few weeks living under a rock, Sony is rumored to be sitting on one or two studio acquisition announcements. SIE CEO, Jim Ryan, even confirmed this in an official podcast. Kojima Productions is one of the studios frequently linked with Sony. Hideo Kojima's studio has only had one project since the video game auteur left Konami in 2015: Death Stranding, a PS-exclusive title.

Fans are having none of Kojima's denial.

When Sony updated the PlayStation Studios banner to include the walking simulator, fans took this as a sign that Kojima had officially joined forces with Sony. But, it appears that all of this talk is premature. According to Kojima, the Death Stranding studio "has been and will continue to be an independent studio."

Normally, Kojima's tweet would have ended the speculation. Except, it hasn't. We shouldn't forget that we are talking about Kojima. The Metal Gear creator has a reputation for tricking audiences. Not to mention, it wasn't too long ago that another studio released a similar statement.

Last year, Sony mistakenly leaked that it had acquired Bluepoint Games only for the studio to deny the buyout. A couple of months later, Sony made the purchase official. At this point, it's difficult to tell if Kojima is just trolling us or if Sony had finally decided to just bring their longtime collaborator to the fold. Regardless of whether Kojima is working under the PlayStation Studios banner or not, we know that Sony will continue supporting him.

2019's Death Stranding "borrowed" the proprietary game engine by Guerilla Games and Sony technically owns the said IP. After Norman Reedus confirmed that a sequel is in the works, we wouldn't be surprised if Death Stranding 2 is also a timed-exclusive for the PlayStation 5 before it heads over to the PC, as Death Stranding did.

Fans are now keeping a close eye if this situation is similar to the Bluepoint Games acquisition.

Speaking of Kojima, following the PlayStation Plus rebrand, a trusted industry insider hinted that Sony is working on a way to emulate PS3 games natively. If this happens, Sony could find a way to finally make the PS3-exclusive Metal Gear Solid games like Metal Gear Solid 4 available on the PS4 and PS5 with Kojima's help and Konami's blessing.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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