Hideo Goes West, Officially Opens Kojima Productions LA
Konami has maintained a presence in North America for quite some time, but one of its marquee studios has officially opened its doors in the U.S. for the first time.
The press were invited to tour the new Kojima Productions Los Angeles facilities today, as the studio is now officially open for business. Located near the new YouTube space in Playa Vista (and about a mile down the street from EA Los Angeles), the new studio branch will be hard at work on Metal Gear Solid 5 in the coming months. The LA chapter will have two main responsibilities, including the multiplayer component of MGS5, as well as motion capture and the more cinematic aspects of the Big Boss and Solid Snake saga.
Along with game development and a focus on cinematics, Konami hopes Kojima LA will serve as a bridge between its game developers and Hollywood. “The Los Angeles studio emphasizes Konami and Kojima Productions commitment to expanding our development footprint,” said Tomoyuki Tsuboi, President of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. “The new studio will put Kojima Productions in the heart of the west which will benefit future releases as it will introduce new talent and creativity to the development teams.”
Hideo Kojima, the lauded game director from which the studio takes its name, added: “As gaming takes the world stage as one of the greatest forms of entertainment, it’s only natural for us to expand our operations across the globe. And since Los Angeles is ground zero for the best studios, facilities and world-class talent, we are leaning on of these local resources to build an incredible team to create gaming experiences that are just as compelling as any film or television show.”
The Metal Gear Solid franchise has always been a movie-like experience, pairing stealth and action game play with lengthy cutscenes and plots that would make Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan green with envy. It was only a matter of time before Kojima and Konami started courting Hollywood as a collaborator, and the new Los Angeles studio will lay the foundation for that relationship. A Metal Gear Solid movie with Kiefer Sutherland as Big Boss? We’re one step closer to that reality.
…of course you can have the best development talent in the world with a top-shelf creative space in Los Angeles, but none of that matters when you have a bunny rabbit roaming around.