Death Stranding developer Kojima Productions has launched a film, TV and music division. The studio founder, Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima, has long been a vocal enthusiast of the mediums so perhaps it was inevitable that Kojima Productions would expand its offerings.
The new division will be based in Los Angeles, with former PlayStation chief legal officer Riley Russell taking the lead. In an interview with gamesindustry.biz, Russell said, "The new division will be tasked with working with creative and talented professionals in television, music and film, as well as the more familiar games industry."
"The team has as its charter, the goal of expanding 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."
For now, no projects have been confirmed to be in development, but fans have been quick to show their excitement after the company revealed the new division on Twitter.
Kojima Productions' business development manager Yoshiko Fukuda further expanded on the new venture, saying, "Finding new ways to entertain, engage and offer value to our fans is essential in a fast-moving, ever changing storytelling world. Our new division will take the studio into even more areas that present our creative narratives beyond videogames and to open up ways for our fans to communicate and immerse themselves in these spaces."
Kojima Productions began its life in 2005 as a subsidiary of Konami. After Hideo Kojima's departure from Konami, he reformed Kojima Productions as an independent studio in 2015. The first game to come from the reformed studio was Death Stranding in 2019, which featured actors such as Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, Léa Seydoux, and the likenesses of film directors Guillermo del Toro and Nicolas Winding Refn.