Kojima Productions is making a shift from being just a video game company into a multimedia one, as the company is launching a new branch to develop movies, television, and music.
While founder Hideo Kojima’s name is at the top, the team outside of video games will be led by Riley Russell, who is coming off a nearly three-decade run at PlayStation. The branch will be run out of Los Angeles and apparently work on TV, movies, and music based in Kojima Productions’ own IP. So there might be more Death Stranding to come, or adaptations and expansions on whatever else the game studio is working on now.
“The new division will be tasked with working with creative and talented professionals in television, music and film, as well as the more familiar games industry,” Russell said in a statement to GameIndustry.biz. “The team has as its charter, the goal of expanding the reach and awareness of the properties now under development at Kojima Productions, and to make them even more a part of our popular culture. Although we are a global organization, the new business development team will be centred in Los Angeles, CA. We are truly excited and looking forward to working with the very best entertainment talent we can, across all of the entertainment industries.”
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Kojima Productions was reformed as an independent in 2015 after Kojima’s much-publicized departure from Konami following the launch of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The studio’s first game that wasn’t part of Konami was Death Stranding, which launched on PS4 in 2019, with a PC version coming the following year. In 2021, it was re-released on PlayStation 5 with new content as Death Stranding: Director’s Cut.