PlayStation’s New First Party Art Proposes Acquisition of Kojima Productions

Red MS Paint shares have been added to show what's new on the official PlayStation Studios website as of this week.
Zoom / Red MS Paint shares have been added to show what’s new on the official PlayStation Studios website as of this week.

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An update to the official PlayStation Studios website, dedicated to a list of first-party software from Sony and the global studios that make it, began showing a new game maker this week. But it’s not Bungie, the studio Sony plans to acquire in a $3.6 billion deal.

Instead, it now includes the official Sony first party banner death strand, a 2019 adventure developed by Kojima Productions in partnership with Sony Interactive Entertainment. Which is the highest indication that Sony and hard lime metal Content creator Hideo Kojima advances in a partnership stronger than ever.

The banner in question received an update sometime this week, as spotted Wednesday by a commentator on gaming forum ResetEra, to reflect newer first-party releases from Sony last year. The updated image remains in search of the PlayStation Studios main website at the time of publication. Much of the banner remains identical to the 2021 version, but MLB Presentation An icon for the cover star of the 2022 edition, Shohei Ohtani, has been updated during photos for horizon And grand tour I received updates to reflect its 2022 sequels.

Reprinted for the year 2020 of demon souls It’s showing up now, and it’s a good reminder that Sony acquired its developer Bluepoint in September. this means death strand Do you Just The game in this splash image is not created by the wholly owned PlayStation Studios.

Hence, the sudden appearance of death strand In the far left corner, it got us wondering if Sony had once again backed away from some huge news in an accidental image upload, just as it did with the eventual acquisition of Bluepoint in July 2021. At the time, Sony announced on Twitter that it would be acquiring Housemarque, the makers of backincludes a Bluepoint image that was immediately deleted.

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Just like the other acquisitions mentioned above, Kojima Productions would make sense as an official first-party studio Sony, given that its production so far has been tightly tied to PlayStation. Kojima Productions started after Kojima’s chaotic year divorce with his most famous employer, Konami, and Sony was part of the new studio’s advertising spree. death strandSony hosted the reveal in 2016 with the noting that it will be developed in collaboration with Sony game studios — and Sony development legend Mark Cerny has even been cited among its contributors.

At the time, Kojima insisted that the game might eventually appear on other consoles. For now, it’s still a PlayStation console exclusive, although its original and director’s piece, like other first-party games from Sony, eventually found its way to the PC. (These PC ports were published by 505 Games, not Sony.)

The always mysterious Kojima has left fans clinging to straws to guess what might happen next. Kojima’s April 2020 proposal to make a “horror” game has fans hoping the game maker will revive the horror experience he poorly removed. PT. Could the Sony partnership lead to something “revolutionary” as Kojima quipped in that interview? And can such a virtual game take advantage of exclusive Sony technologies like PlayStation VR2?

Meanwhile, other reporters aren’t willing to deny rumors that Kojima recently struck a deal with Microsoft to release a game on Xbox. Giant Bomb podcast host Jeff Group noted this week in his podcast to subscribers that the agreement between Kojima and Microsoft is “still…two weeks ago.” Grob also said that an official acquisition by Sony could still happen with such a deal at stake – just like the way Bethesda completed its work on the Playstation Console exclusive. Deathloop And Ghost Wire Tokyo After it was acquired by Microsoft in 2020.

Sony representatives did not immediately respond to Ars Technica’s questions about the PlayStation Studios relocation.