Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima escaped from Konami back in 2015, and he’s been pretty busy since that bitter divorce.
After forming Kojima Productions, and forming an alliance with Sony to bring the utterly mental Death Stranding to the world, the prolific game maker has finally settled his team into some new digs, and it looks pretty great.
So let’s take a look at some photos – taken from the official Kojima Productions site – that give us an in-depth look at the Japan-based office where Death Stranding is being made.
As you can see, it looks very… Kojima.
The chairs in this meeting room presumably have trapdoors underneath, which Kojima can use to send tardy employees to their doom.
A very fancy looking kitchen, and some nice, wide open workspaces – lovely.
I imagine this is where the magic happens.
And here we have Ludens, along with Kojima’s pals and Death Stranding collaborators Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen
So that’s the office of Kojima Productions. Is it exactly the kind of Willy Wonkaesque factory of delight you were expecting? Or is a little more refined than that? Personally, I get the slightest American Psycho vibes from the whole thing.
In a recent interview with IGN, the man himself also revealed his attitude going forward, and how his time with Konami shaped him.
The me that stands here now is the product of the past 53 years of my life. Everything I experienced over 53 years; movies I’ve seen, books I’ve read, music I’ve listened to, games I’ve played, people I’ve met and the 30 years spent in this industry, have formed who I am. Not one of these things has been without purpose, including my experience creating games at Konami. I’m embarking on a new challenge with a fresh slate, but I intend to keep pushing the creative envelope until the day I die. I believe my experiences over the past 53 years won’t lead me astray.
Death Stranding still doesn’t have a release date, but with Kojima and the crew all settled in nicely, work should continue in earnest.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.