Update:  It looks like yesterday’s report that Hideo Kojima would be partnering with Sony to make a new exclusive for PlayStation platforms is true. Sony just released this announcement video:

Original Story: Reports are coming in that Hideo Kojima, the esteemed game designer behind the long-running Metal Gear series, has officially left Konami and plans to open a new studio with other former Konami staff who worked with him as part of Kojima Productions.

As translated by Nikkei and reported by Gamespot, Kojima and his as-yet-unnamed studio are said to be in negotiations with Sony to have their first game debut exclusively on PlayStation platforms. No other details are available at this time but this news comes as no surprise to anyone who’s been keeping tabs with the falling out between Kojima and Konami this year.

Earlier this year it was reported that Kojima would likely leave Konami after he finished work on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, which was released in September. Not many details have been released to the public as of yet, but it appears that there was a major power struggle between Kojima and Konami which eventually led to the former deciding to leave the company he has worked for since 1986.

Most recently, there was major controversy surrounding Kojima being banned from The Game Awards earlier this month, with Konami’s lawyers allegedly barring Kojima from attending the event and accepting the best Action/Adventure game award for Metal Gear Solid V.

Whatever game Kojima works on next, it definitely won’t be a Metal Gear game, as Konami still holds the rights to that franchise. Hopefully now that he has cut ties with the publisher, Kojima can get back to focusing on his passion: making video games.

(via: Gamespot)