Death Stranding developer Kojima Productions has opened a new department in Los Angeles that will be dedicated to film, television and music.
As reported by GamesIndustry.biz, the new studio will be led by former PlayStation Vice President of Business Affairs, Riley Russell, who will lead the California team as the developer appears to be branching out into a wider range of media.
“As a charter, the team aims to expand the reach and awareness of the properties now under development at Kojima Productions and to make them even more a part of our popular culture,” Russell explains in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz.
“Although we are a global organization, the new business development team will be centered in Los Angeles, CA. We are truly excited and look forward to working with the very best entertainment talent we can, across all the entertainment industries.”
Kojima Productions was created by video game designer Hideo Kojima in 2015 after his split with Konami. While the studio has since produced only one game in Death Stranding (or two, if you count the subsequent Director’s Cut), many fans have wondered what the studio’s next project might be.
Since the release of Death Stranding, the rumor mill has made a number of different reports on what Kojima is currently working on. From fan speculation earlier this year suggesting Blue Box Games’ exclusive Sony Abandoned may be a secret Kojima game to changing rumors indicating he may be working on a completely different title with the Xbox, there has been much to choose from.
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In June, Kojima offered some insight into the future during an interview, where he stated that he was reconsidering his creative process after the events during the COVID-19 pandemic. “In the past, about creating things, I always thought about what could happen in society in 5, 10 or 20 years,” Kojima said in the interview.
“It was like predicting the future and adding the entertainment essence. And that’s what I’ve always created. But this time, [the pandemic] came way too early. Reality came far too soon, especially on Death Stranding. So I’ve changed the way I think and create now. ”
While rumors of what’s next for Kojima Productions and the game designer themselves in the past have largely revolved around projects from the gaming industry, the addition of a new division set up to branch out into other media realms is likely only contribute to it. fire and fans excitement.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him further Twitter.