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Konami’s New Los Angeles Studio Brings Kojima Productions To The West


Konami have opened a new Los Angeles development studio, which they say will be instrumental in the development of a number of games, including titles in the Metal Gear Solid series.


During an opening ceremony for the studio, Konami discussed new details regarding Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, with those in attendance, although these details have yet to be publicly shared.


A Kojima Productions team in Los Angeles is involved with the development of both games, Konami have confirmed, with Hideo Kojima providing guidance to the L.A. studio.


“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,” said Hideo Kojima, Director of Kojima Productions. “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 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.”



Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.