Death Stranding developer Kojima Productions has opened a new department in Los Angeles dedicated to film, television and music.
As reported by GamesIndustry.biz, the new studio will be led by former PlayStation vice president of business, Riley Russell, who will lead the California team as the developer explores a wider range of media.
“The team has set itself the goal of expanding the reach and awareness of the properties currently being developed at Kojima Productions and making them even more part of our popular culture,” explains Russell in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz.
“Although we’re a global company, the new business development team will be based in Los Angeles, California. We’re really excited and look forward to working with the best entertainment talent in all of the entertainment industries we can.”
Kojima Productions was founded in 2015 after his split from Konami from video game designer Hideo Kojima. While the studio has only produced one game in Death Stranding since then (or two if you count the Director’s Cut below), many fans have been speculating about what the studio’s next project might be.
Since the release of Death Stranding, the rumor mill has stirred up a number of different reports about what Kojima is currently working on. From fan speculation earlier this year suggesting that the Sony-exclusive Abandoned from Blue Box Games might be a secret Kojima game, to alternative rumors suggesting he’s working on an entirely different title alongside Xbox could, there was a lot to discover.
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In June Kojima gave a glimpse into the future in an interview in which he stated that he was rethinking his creative process following the events of the COVID-19 pandemic. “In the past, when I created things, I always thought about what could happen in society in 5, 10 or 20 years,” Kojima said in an interview.
“It was like predicting the future and adding the essence of the conversation. And that’s how I’ve always created. But this time, [the pandemic] came way too early. Reality came way too soon, especially with Death Stranding. So I changed the way I think and create. “
While in the past rumors of what’s next for Kojima Productions and the game designer himself have mainly centered on projects from the game industry, the addition of a new division created to expand into other media areas is likely only to remain add fire and fans excitement.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him Twitter.