Keep Calm Everyone, Kojima Productions hasn’t been acquired by Sony.
Sony and Microsoft constantly buy up studios through Bungie and Activision Blizzard acquisitions. Consolidation seems like the best strategy for console makers right now. We’re all waiting to see what PlayStation and Xbox will be buying this year. All of that said, Hideo Kojima (the director of Death’s Stranding and the Metal Gear series) seemed to hint that his studio, Kojima Productions, was about to join PlayStation’s first-party developer group alongside Haven Studios…then quickly stated that the misleading photoshop was not indicative of such an acquisition.
It all began just after midnight eastern when Kojima posted a picture of a PlayStation Studios graphic that featured characters from games such as Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part II and Guerilla’s Horizon Forbidden West. These were the everyday things you would expect to see on any such graphic. The most striking thing about the image was the inclusion of Sam Porter Bridges, Death Stranding, at the bottom left. Death Strandingoriginally launched for PlayStation 4 and PC in 2019 thanks to a partnership between Sony Entertainments and Kojima Productions. It’s not a PlayStation game, but Kojima Productions made it. It seemed that Sony was acquiring Kojima Productions.
Now Kojima’s Twitter feed has returned to its Death Strandingfanart tweets and talks about movies. What was the original tweet or graphic trying to convey if Kojima Productions hadn’t been absorbed into Sony’s first-party stable? Death Stranding is a PlayStation game. Why not use the PlayStation Studios logo? We can take Kojima’s follow-up as a sign of carelessness. At least for now.