Hideo Kojima debunks Sony takeover rumor started by Hideo Kojima

Hideo Kojima has denied a rumor that Sony is preparing to acquire Kojima Productionssaying the whole thing is a “misunderstanding” started by a tweet posted by, uh, Hideo Kojima.

The buzz started earlier this week when, as noted by Radar GamesSony has expanded the banner image on PlayStation Studios website, an amalgamation of iconic Sony video game characters including Kratos, Aloy and Deacon to include Sam Porter Bridges from Death Stranding. Then, yesterday, Kojima himself tweeted the same image, complete with the PlayStation Studios logo:

Predictably, a good number of Twitter followers immediately took advantage of the tweet as confirmation that Kojima Productions was on the cusp of becoming the next big acquisition. It’s a reasonable assumption, really: the Death Stranding studio isn’t Activision Blizzard, but making Hideo Kojima a Sony exclusive would be a real blow. And Sony has been in something of a tear of its own lately, acquiring Bungie in January and Jade Raymond Refuge studio in March.

Unfortunately for PlayStation fans (but luckily for everyone else), it wasn’t meant to be. A few hours later, Kojima tweeted on his English account that Kojima Productions “will remain an independent studio”.

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So why did Kojima tweet that unmistakably Sony-centric image? Maybe he’s glad Sony thinks so much of Death Stranding, or maybe he’s a Sony superfan himself. It’s also possible that he was just having a little fun with the initial rumors sparked by the PlayStation banner change. Whatever the reason, he didn’t say – he did, however, quickly go on to say that the Mexican-French thriller film New Order, directed by Michel Franco, is so good that he bought DVDs of two other Franco films, Chronic and April’s Daughter.

Maybe he’s really just a random kind of guy.

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