Kojima to make "Western" games

Metal Gear studio revamps to help penetrate North America and Europe

Metal Gear Solid house Kojima Productions is undergoing a thorough "structure, tools and staff" revamp so that it can further penetrate the Western market, Hideo Kojima himself has revealed.

Speaking in the latest Famitsu (via Develop) the MGS creator said that because of the restructuring at the developer, 2009 "is going to be a very important year" for Kojima Productions.

"We're currently reviewing everything in order to make Kojima Productions a team that can challenge foreign creators and software houses," he said.


"I've thought a lot about how Western games have been winning, looking it from a global perspective, and there are things that I've noticed.

"I've come to understand that the way we've made games up until now won't translate globally, and I've come to think that I need to make Kojima Productions a team that can compete alongside the rest of the world," he added.

It's anyone's guess what sort of changes Kojima will be making internally (perhaps they're moving to Bromley?) but Hideo has been rumoured to be eyeing up the FPS genre as his next target. Stranger things have happened.