For those who might remember from this past November the oddity that was released by Kojima Productions with the arrival of Death Stranding, the game stoop out to be an entry that set a new foundation for founder Hideo Kojima now working under his own independent studio. While many fans were continuing to grasp the concept of the release, the game was continued to be praised for its obscurity and beauty presented from the Metal Gear creator.
However, when the time came to the market sales of the title, Death Stranding failed to be in the top selling titles for December 2019. The Sony Interactive Entertainment-published title broke the streak as most big budget releases are market sellers the following month of its initial release as we have witnessed previously.
But according to an interview with Livedoor News, Kojima tells the game performed well enough for the studio to pursue new projects for the coming future.
We surpassed the amount we needed to make a profit, so I think it sold well enough to be called a ‘success,’ recoupment of development costs included. We’ll release the PC version soon and have already secured enough profit to prepare for what’s next, so there’s no need to worry.
On the topic of upcoming titles in the works, Kojima goes on to disclose one project in particular – without giving names – had “fell apart” which is upsetting to hear. Kojima alongside studio Art Director Yoji Shinkawa shared in an interview with Famitsu back in January that Kojima Productions has been interested into approaching a manga series as well as an anime too. So perhaps the now-discontinued project is not a game, but instead the latter.
While talking to Kojima, the Japanese outlet then brought up the recently rumored acquisitions that Sony Interactive Entertainment might be involved with regarding Metal Gear and Silent Hill/P.T.: where Kojima tells that it isn’t true, at least to his knowledge. “Ah, that’s completely false. I haven’t heard anything about it at least.” Even before his statement, Konami went on to deplatform the claims stating it is not true either. You can read the full report by heading here.
Do you plan on picking up Kojima’s next project whatever it is?
Death Stranding is out now for PlayStation 4; coming to PC on July 14, 2020.