In a recent interview with the New Yorker, Hideo Kojima discussed his plans on creating “big games,” even after his departure from Konami. This is just after multiple big-name sources have discussed Kojima’s treatment by Konami, as well as the announcement that Konami legally barred Kojima from going to the Games Award Show to collect an award for his own creation.
When Konami decided to cut off Hideo Kojima from the company, he almost decided to take a year-long trip to a deserted island somewhere. A friend in the movie business was able to dissuade him of the idea, helping him realize his goals for life after Konami.
“Hearing that affirmed to me that my role in this world is to keep on making big games for as long as I can,” Kojima said. “That is the mission I’ve been given in life.”
Kojima also discussed how much easier it is to be developing games independently.
“When working in big companies, especially Japanese companies, every little thing has to be approved beforehand, and you need paperwork to do anything,” he explained. “Now that I’m independent, I can do what I want with much more speed. I don’t need to invest time in unnecessary presentations. I shoulder the risk.”
Kojima has recently started his own development studio called Kojima Productions, where he plans on developing a new smaller scale game for the PS4.