Published on September 6th, 2013 | by Cameron Woolsey
Konami Opens LA Studio to Focus on Upcoming Metal Gear Titles
A new development studio designed to develop new installments in the Metal Gear Solid franchise has been opened in Los Angeles, Konami has revealed.
Konami said the studio will create a variety of projects, but it will take a special interest in upcoming games for the Metal Gear franchise. To celebrate the opening of the studio, Kojima took to the stage to present the first live gameplay demo for Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, the prologue to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
“As gaming takes the world stage as one of the greatest forms of entertainment, it’s only natural for us to expand our operations across the globe,” said Hideo Kojima, director of Kojima Productions. “And since Los Angeles is ground zero for the best studios, facilities and world-class talent, we are leaning on of these local resources to build an incredible team to create gaming experiences that are just as compelling as any film or television show.”
“The Los Angeles studio emphasizes Konami and Kojima Productions commitment to expanding our development footprint,” said Tomoyuki Tsuboi, president of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. “The new studio will put Kojima Productions in the heart of the west which will benefit future releases as it will introduce new talent and creativity to the development teams.”