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Kojima Productions
Type Private (subsidiary of Konami)
Founded 2005
Headquarters Flag of Japan Tokyo Midtown Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan
Key people Hideo Kojima
Industry Game development
Products Video games
Employees 200+ (2008)
Parent Konami
Website www.konami.jp/kojima_pro/

Kojima Productions is a video game development studio headed by Hideo Kojima. Located in Roppongi Hills in Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan, the studio had just under 100 employees when it was first formed in 2005. During the development of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, the studio employed more than 200 people. The company's logo is the FOX unit badge from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. It also briefly underwent the alias of Moby Dick Studio as part of a publicity stunt for The Phantom Pain, to test the reception of the Fox Engine.

History Edit

The developer was formed on April 1, 2005, after Konami merged several of its subsidiaries, including Kojima's team at Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (KCEJ).

The company was intended to relieve Kojima of the business management and administrative responsibilities he had previously as KCEJ's vice president. As the head of Kojima Productions, Kojima is able to focus solely on creating games.

While the company has largely focuses on games in the Metal Gear series, it has also developed games not in that series, such as Lunar Knights.

Current and future projects Edit

Transfarring Edit

A gameplay that allows the player to transfer the game between some PlayStation consoles.

Fox Engine Edit

A game engine being developed by Kojima Productions for use in future titles.

"Next" Metal Gear Solid Edit

The next canon installment of Metal Gear series. Kojima confirmed this to be Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes/Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

Project Ogre Edit

In November 2011, Kojima alluded to be working on "Project Ogre." Kojima announced his new game by tweeting a screenshot of an in-development Metal Gear in late 2011. He later told CNN that his new game will be running on Fox Engine and would support Transfarring, be multiplatform and be designed with a global audience in mind.[1] Kojima went on to describe the game as set in an open world in which the players would find content even after 100 hours, although there is no proof that he was talking about Ground Zeroes.[2]

In January 2012, Kojima dropped more hints about the project, stating: "It's a very subdued experience – it’s a little bit different to what I’ve done up until now. On the surface it will look similar, but once you get into it, it will be a different experience – and I’m hoping people look forward to that. But Project Ogre is going to take a lot of time, so I want to produce some other things on the side, like I’m doing with Metal Gear Rising. So while I’m working on Project Ogre there might be a couple of other projects going on at the same time."[3]

On February 23, 2012, Kojima stated on his Twitter account that his Project Ogre dealt with ogres.[4][5] Kojima, the same day, later clarified on another Twitter post that Project Ogre dealt with the use of ogres, and did not mean it was an ogre or that it was created from the soul of an ogre.[6]

On September 3, 2012, Kojima claimed that Ground Zeroes had nothing to do with Project Ogre and that the questions corncerning Project Ogre were getting annoying. However, he later admitted on June 28, 2013 that it was indeed related to Ground Zeroes, or rather Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

The Phantom PainEdit

Kojima Productions was rumored to have been involved in the creation of The Phantom Pain due to its usage of similar characters to that of the Metal Gear franchise, and was also rumored to actually be a promotion for the next Metal Gear game. The rumors ended up increasing in validity during an interview with Joakim Mogren, the supposed creator of the game, revealed new images that contained some watermarks that indicated that it was going to be run on the Kojima Productions-developed Fox Engine. These rumors were later confirmed at GDC 2013, and also unveiled that it and Moby Dick Studio were one and the same.

Project Star TrekEdit

In March 20, 2013, Kojima first alluded to working on Project Star Trek on Twitter. It is currently unknown what it entails, although Kojima mentioned that the new LA office for Kojima Productions was completed and that artists and geniuses are coming over.[7]

Games Edit

Though Kojima has developed games at Konami since 1987, the Kojima Productions studio was not formed until 2005. However, Konami retroactively refers to Kojima's earlier productions as belonging to Kojima Productions. All Kojima Productions games were published by Konami. Games developed by Kojima Productions are in bold.

Metal GearEdit

Other Edit

  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (X360, PS3, 2010)
  • Gaitame Baibai Trainer: Kabutore FX (DS, 2009)
  • Lunar Knights (DS, 2007)
  • Kabushiki Baibai Trainer Kabutore (DS, 2007)
  • Shin Bokura no Taiyō Gyakushū no Sabata (GBA, 2005)
  • Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django (GBA, 2004)
  • Boktai: The Sun Is in Your Hand (GBA, 2003)
  • Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner (PS2, 2003)
  • Zone of the Enders (PS2, 2001)
  • Policenauts (PC-98, 3DO, PSX, Sega Saturn, 1994-1996)
  • Snatcher (PC-8801, MSX2, PCE, Sega CD/Mega CD, PSX, Sega Saturn, 1988-1996)

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