Sony Rumored to Acquire Kojima Productions for New PS5 Horror Game - Prima Games

Sony Rumored to Acquire Kojima Productions for New PS5 Horror Game

by Liana Ruppert

Last year, Hideo Kojima mentioned that he’d love nothing more than to shake the horror genre to its core by making a new game that will feel very distinctly him. After seeing him shoot his shot with Death Stranding and looking at his previous work within the horror genre, we’re intrigued, but it looks like we’re not the only ones because Sony is rumored to  be looking to acquire Kojima Productions with the hopes of a spoopy new PS5 horror game. 

So what exactly is the new rumor? Well, it comes from the influential HipHopGamer following a recent discussion involving the PlayStation 5. In his most recent video talks about what the next generation will have to offer but more specifically, he opens up about Sony and their alleged plans to buy Kojima Productions with the hopes of an exciting new horror game for their next-generation of PlayStation. This would be a smart move for sure, Sony dumped a lot of money into Death Stranding as an exclusive, only for Kojima to turn around and announce a PC port. If they could acquire his new company, they would maintain the rights to total exclusivity, which with a name like Hideo Kojima – that carries a lot of clout.

Now for a little dose of reality. HipHopGamer doesn’t name any sources in his video, so personally, it sounds like a prediction masked in fact. While this move makes sense for Sony 100%, it’s still not confirmed and unless he’s willing to divulge his sources (which is his right), we’re placing this firmly in the rumor pile for now. 

In an interview last year with Rocket Beans Gaming, Kojima-san hinted at what’s next. But before you get too excited, the idea is still very much that and he clarified that he didn’t know when it will actually happen. Kojima mentioned, “Yes I want to do a horror game one day,” the director said. “Yes, of course. Because I have some new ideas that I could kind of get out there, but I don’t know when.” 

He added that if he and the team decided to continue on this path that he’d like to “challenge” the horror genre in its entirety – which is a very Kojima thing to say. One thing that the Death Stranding reviews have mentioned is that the latest IP almost feels like two games in one. One of those ‘games’ feels very much like a movie with the heavy cutscenes and how they seemingly felt disjointed from the gameplay itself. He knows narrative design, he knows how to tell a story – personally I would love to see his breakout studio take on a horror adventure. 

Would you like to see a new horror game from Kojima Productions? How do you feel about Sony’s rumored interest in the studio? Hit us up with your thoughts over on Twitter @PrimaGames!

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