The creator of Metal Gear has revealed he may never have started his own company if it wasn’t for the kindness of fans, including his landlord.
He might be a household name to many gamers but to ordinary people Hideo Kojima is just another guy looking for a bank loan or a place to set up his business.
And according to a new interview with Japanese mag Famitsu, as translated by Kotaku, the creator of the upcoming Death Stranding almost didn’t get either.
‘I was a 53-year-old middle-aged guy, I didn’t have any money or much of anything else, and it was just me saying I was going to make this open world game’, said Kojima of his unceremonious exit from Konami.
‘Even when I went to the bank, I couldn’t borrow money,” he insisted. ‘They said, “We know you’re renowned, but you don’t have any actual results”. This is the kind of country Japan is.’
The turnaround in his luck was meeting a fan: ‘There was a banker at the biggest bank [in Japan] who was a huge fan of mine, and I got the financing’.
And when he had trouble finding a decent building to house his new studio, called Kojima Productions, apparently that was down to a landlord who also turned out to be a fan.
‘The reason why I’m who I am now is because of the 30 years I had at Konami,’ said Kojima. ‘I am grateful to Konami, and I cannot deny that connection.’
As Kotaku notes though, Kojima seems to be exaggerating his situation a little. He might not have had the spare cash to set-up a multi-million games studio, but he hardly would’ve been penniless when leaving Konami, especially as he seemed to walk straight into a sweetheart deal with Sony.
His assertion that ‘there hasn’t been a single world-famous game designer who has had success after striking out on their own’ is also disingenuous, although he was no doubt thinking of specific Japanese examples when he said that.
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