Earlier today, Kojima Productions announced a new division opening in Los Angeles, California expanding into “Film, Music and Television” – “beyond gaming”.
“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.
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.”Riley Russell – new head of division, previous VP of business affairs for PlayStation
Yoshiko Fukuda , Kojima Productions’ business development manager also said:
“Finding new ways to entertain, engage and offer value to our fans is essential in a fast-moving, ever changing storytelling world. Our new division will take the studio into even more areas that present our creative narratives beyond videogames and to open up ways for our fans to communicate and immerse themselves in these spaces.”
Kojima has always admired cinema, and is very active on social media often talking about his favourite music, books and movies. During his media campaign for Death Stranding, Kojima was often cited as wanting to expand into cinema. I would say this has been evident in most of his recent games.